Center Hosted Presentation by Lester Brown of Earth Policy Institute

11/10/08 by Staff Writer

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More than 600 people attended a special presentation Nov. 10 by the founder of Worldwatch Institute and founder and current president of Earth Policy Institute. The Center for the Environment hosted the event.

Lester Brown, called “one of the world’s most influential thinkers” by the Washington Post, spoke on “Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization,” based on his latest book. He noted that civilization is in trouble and called for reversing the trends that are undermining our future. Its goals include stabilizing the climate, eradicating poverty and restoring the earth’s damaged ecosystems.

“It’s decision time,” Brown said. “Like earlier civilizations that got into environmental trouble, we have to make a choice. We can stay with business as usual and watch our economy decline and our civilization unravel, or we can adopt Plan B and be the generation that mobilizes to save civilization. Our generation will make the decision, but it will affect life on earth for all generations to come.”

In 1974 Brown founded Worldwatch Institute, the first research institute devoted to the analysis of global environmental issues. He has authored or co-authored 50 books, and his works have been translated into 40 languages.

He has received a host of awards, including 23 honorary degrees, a MacArthur Fellowship, the 1987 United Nations’ Environmental Prize, and the 1989 World Wide Fund for Nature Gold Medal and the 1994 Blue Planet Prize for his “exceptional contributions to solving global environmental problems.”

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