Worldwatch Institute

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The Worldwatch Institute was a globally focused environmental research organization based in Washington, D.C. founded by Lester R. Brown[1] Worldwatch was named as one of the top ten sustainable development research organizations by Globescan Survey of Sustainability Experts.

World watch Europe website ceased in 2017 and is unreachable as of January 2020.


The mission of the Institute reads: Through research and outreach that inspire action, the Worldwatch Institute works to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world that meets human needs. The institute's top mission objectives are universal access to renewable energy and nutritious food, expansion of environmentally sound jobs and development, transformation of cultures from consumerism to sustainability, and an early end to population growth through healthy and intentional childbearing.[2]

The Worldwatch Institute aims to inform policymakers and the public about the links between the world economy and its environmental support systems. Research conducted by the institute is integrative or interdisciplinary and global in scope.[3]

Worldwatch's priority programs include:

Worldwatch also monitors human health, population, water resources, biodiversity, governance, and environmental security.[8]


  • 1974—The institute was founded by Lester Brown.[9]
  • 1975—The first Worldwatch Paper was published.
  • 1984—First State of the World published.[10]
  • 1988—World Watch Magazine was launched.
  • 1992—Vital Signs, Worldwatch's third annual series, was premiered.
  • 2000—Christopher Flavin became President of Worldwatch in October.
  • 2008—Worldwatch hosted the 20th Anniversary of the James E. Hansen hearings.
  • 2011—Robert Engelman became President of Worldwatch in October.
  • 2014—Ed Groark became Acting Interim President of Worldwatch.


Worldwatch Institute publications have been published in more than three dozen languages by its global partners in 40 countries.[11] Worldwatch publications include:

  • The State of the World report is an annual assessment of urgent global environmental problems and the innovative ideas proposed and applied across the globe to address them.[12]
  • Vital Signs tracks social, environmental and economic trends and publishes data and analysis.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Goldenberg, Suzanne (2015-02-25). "Lester Brown: 'Vast dust bowls threaten tens of millions with hunger'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-04-24.
  2. ^ "Mission". Worldwatch Institute.
  3. ^ Thaddeus C. Trzyna et al. (1996). World directory of environmental organizations Earthscan, p. 246.
  4. ^ "Climate & Energy - Worldwatch Institute".
  5. ^ "State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet - Worldwatch Institute".
  6. ^ "Food & Agriculture - Worldwatch Institute".
  7. ^ "Environment & Society - Worldwatch Institute".
  8. ^ "Worldwatch Research and Programs - Worldwatch Institute".
  9. ^ "Mission - Worldwatch Institute".
  10. ^ "State of the World Reports - Worldwatch Institute".
  11. ^ "Bookstore - Worldwatch Institute".
  12. ^ "The Worldwatch Institute - W. W. Norton & Company".
  13. ^ "Vital Signs Online".

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