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In his inspirational new memoir, Breaking New Ground, Lester Brown traces life from a small farm to leadership as a global environmental analyst. Here is a selection of photos from his time at the Worldwatch Institute.

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Worldwatch Institute

  1. 1. WORLDWATCH INSTITUTE photos of Lester R. Brown
  2. 2. Blondeen Duhaney Gravely was one of the three incorporators of Worldwatch Institute, the other two being Erik Eckholm and Lester. Blondeen had worked with Lester at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and at the Overseas Development Council.
  3. 3. Lester with Aurelio Peccei, founder and president of the Club of Rome, at a meeting in Rio de Janeiro, 1979.
  4. 4. At Tokyo train station while attending Japanese EPA Symposium, June 12, 1981. Tasuku Uno, Executive Director of Japan Environmental Association (Lester’s right), Tsutomu Tanaka (on left)
  5. 5. UNIS UN student conference, February 27, 1981
  6. 6. Photo taken by Mother Earth News in the Worldwatch library, 1986
  7. 7. Most of the Worldwatch team, 1989
  8. 8. Receiving Sasakawa Environment Award, Stockholm, June 5, 1989. Mostalfa Tolba, Director-General UN Environment Programme; Lester; Pastrano Borrero, former president of Columbia and Chairman of Sasakawa Environment
  9. 9. Brenda at reception of awarding Sasakawa Environment Award. Mostalfa Tolba (center), King Bodouin of Belgium (right).
  10. 10. Receiving the Worldwide Fund for Nature Gold Medal from Prince Philip, 1989
  11. 11. From the award certificate: “For monitoring and reporting through the Worldwatch Institute and its publications, the global environmental demographic and economic issues that must be understood by policy makers For your continuing concern for America’s sometimes flagging leadership in a world where the impact of human activity on the delicate balance of nature can yield catastrophe For being champion of a cause whose time has come.” New members of the Rutgers University Hall of Distinguished Alumni, 1990.
  12. 12. Lester and Steffan de Mistura, Director General, World Wildlife Fund – Italy, Rome, June 8, 1989
  13. 13. Speaking at Planet Terre conference sponsored by French President Francois Mitterrand, June 12, 1989, Paris
  14. 14. Receiving the A. Bizzozero Award, University of Parma, Italy, 1991
  15. 15. Speaking at the European Parliament, Brussels, 1991
  16. 16. Worldwatch Press Symposium, Earth Summit, Rio de Janeiro, June 1992. Sandra Postel (Front), Ketil Gravir (World Watch Norden) at the Podium, Gro Harlem Brundtland (Prime Minister of Norway), and Lester. Photo credit: Mark Edwards/Still Pictures
  17. 17. Lester speaking at the Worldwatch Press Symposium, Earth Summit, Rio de Janeiro, June 1992 Photo credit: Mark Edwards/Still Pictures
  18. 18. Conference in Bonn organized by Friedrich Ebert Foundation, February 7, 1999.
  19. 19. Conference sponsored by Shu-Tsong Life Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan. November 17, 1992. Lester also launched the Chinese edition of World Watch magazine.
  20. 20. 1994
  21. 21. 1991
  22. 22. Quilt given to Worldwatch Institute in 1993 by the Boise Peace Quilt Project. Each block pertains to a theme of the Institute’s research.
  23. 23. Getting ready to take a spin in the new Prius by Toyota. With Lester are Masatsugu and Toshishige Kurosawa of the Ikari Corporation, 1997.
  24. 24. Speaking in Bonn at a conference organized by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, February 1999
  25. 25. Blondeen Gravely with Lester, 2004. She was one of the incorporators of Worldwatch Institute and had worked with Lester at the USDA and Overseas Development Council.
  26. 26. Available at Or call 202-496-9290 Order from Earth Policy Institute, the independent environmental research organization headed by Lester Brown. ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY