14 Oct 2009
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The Worldwatch Institute delivers the insights and ideas that empower decision makers to create an environmentally sustainable society that meets human needs. It focuses on the 21st century challenges of climate change, resource degradation, population growth, and poverty by developing and disseminating information and innovative strategies for achieving a sustainable society.
It is an independent research organization recognized by opinion leaders around the world for its accessible, fact-based analysis of critical global issues. Its mission is to generate and promote insights and ideas that empower decision makers to build an ecologically sustainable society that meets human needs.
Over the years Worldwatch has catalyzed effective environmental decision making since its inception in 1974. The Institute’s interdisciplinary research is based on the best possible available science and seeks to innovative solutions to intractable problems by emphasizing a blend of government leadership, private sector enterprise, and citizen action that can make a sustainable future a reality.
Based in Washington, D.C., Worldwatch leverages its Internet presence and strong network of partners in more than a dozen countries for wider global impact. Its research is disseminated in over 20 languages through innovative use of print and online media.
The Institute’s priority programs include:
- Energy and Climate Change Program
- Building a Low-Carbon Energy System that dramatically reduces the use of fossil fuels and lowers greenhouse gas emissions.
Worldwatch Institute’s Energy and Climate Change Program is dedicated to achieving a transformation of the global energy system in order to stabilize the climate and increase energy security.
Strong scientific evidence indicates that global greenhouse gas emissions must peak by 2015 and then decline precipitously. Currently, Worldwatch’s Energy and Climate Change Program aims to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon energy system based on sustainable use of renewable energy sources in concert with major energy-efficiency gains. Although many argue that such a transition will be expensive and difficult, Worldwatch research shows that it would create vast economic opportunities, spur innovation and job creation, and assist efforts to reduce poverty while providing a more resilient and sustainable global energy system.
There is also a Sustainable Agricultural Program that aims to create a healthy future for agriculture that provides a healthy, nutritious diet for all while sustaining the land, water, and biological resources on which life depends. Along with these other priority programmes there is a Green Economy Project that is ambitiously developing a sustainable economy that both meets human needs, promotes prosperity, and is in harmony with nature.
Beyond these three priorities, the Institute monitors human health, population,‚Ä®water resources, biodiversity, governance, and environmental security.
For information about opportunities at the Worldwatch Institute, please visit: www.worldwatch.org/taxonomy/term/33
1776 Massachusetts Ave., NW, #800‚Ä®Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 452-1999
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