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Lester Brown

President and Senior Researcher, Earth Policy Institute; Noted Environmental Thought-Leader

Travels From:
District Of Columbia
Fee Range:
$15,000 - $25,000

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Lester Brown: How the Battle for Water Will Reshape Our ...

The Washington Post has described Lester R. Brown as "one of the world's most influential thinkers." He is Founder and President of Earth Policy Institute, a non-profit environmental research organization based in Washington, D.C. During a career that started with tomato farming, Brown has been awarded 24 honorary degrees and has authored or coauthored over 50 books.

One of the world's most widely published authors, his books have appeared in some 40 languages. His most recent book is entitled Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization. He is a MacArthur Fellow and the recipient of many prizes and awards. In 1986, the Library of Congress requested his personal papers, noting that his writings and work had "already strongly affected thinking about problems of world population and resources."

As fossil fuel prices rise, oil insecurity deepens, and concerns about climate change cast a shadow over the future of coal, a new energy economy is emerging in the United States. The old energy economy, fueled by oil, coal, and natural gas, is being replaced by one powered by wind, solar, and geothermal energy. The transition is moving at a pace and on a scale that we could not have imagined even a year ago. Learn what this new energy economy entails and if it can be our legacy to the next generation in this illuminating vision provided by Brown.


Our world is in peril and the decline is accelerating. Is there anything we can do to address it? Plan B is a comprehensive plan for reversing the trends that are fast undermining our future. Its four overriding goals are to stabilize climate, stabilize population, eradicate poverty, and restore the earth’s damaged ecosystems. Part of this plan is an all-out effort to cut carbon emissions 80 percent by 2020. Plan B is a worldwide mobilization to raise energy efficiency in every sector of the economy, including buildings, lighting, heating and cooling, and transportation. It calls for harnessing the earth’s renewable sources of energy through ambitiously exploiting the earth’s solar, wind, and geothermal energy sources-and shows it is doable with existing technologies. Brown will take audiences on this journey and demonstrate that, in fact, we can stop this life-threatening decline and preserve our earth for generations to come.


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