Climate change and the food crisis with environmentalist Lester Brown, October 22

President Obama announced executive actions in July to combat global climate change. Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants New York City to spend $20 billion to prepare for global warming-related dangers. The vast majority of climate scientists agree that human activity is contributing to changing climate, but polls still find large percentages of Americans don’t believe that climate change is real.

We’ll get answers on what is going on and what can be done from noted environmentalist Lester Brown at a luncheon for The Common Good sponsors on October 22.

Topics of discussion will range from his book, “Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity,” to the economic impacts of our deteriorating environment.

Brown, the founder and president of the Earth Policy Institute, has been called “one of the world’s most influential thinkers” by the Washington Post. Working through the EPI, Brown describes his mission as providing a global plan for moving the world onto an environmentally and economically sustainable path.

About Lester Brown


Lester Brown started his career as a farmer, growing tomatoes in southern New Jersey with his younger brother during high school and college. Shortly after earning a degree in agricultural science from Rutgers University in 1955, he spent six months living in rural India where he became intimately familiar with the food/population issue. In 1959 Brown joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service as an international analyst.

Brown earned masters degrees in agricultural economics from the University of Maryland and in public administration from Harvard University. In 1964, he became an adviser to Secretary of Agriculture Orville Freeman on foreign agricultural policy. In 1966, the Secretary appointed him Administrator of the department’s International Agricultural Development Service. In early 1969, he left government to help establish the Overseas Development Council.

In 1974, with support of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Lester Brown founded the Worldwatch Institute, the first research institute devoted to the analysis of global environmental issues. In May 2001, he founded the Earth Policy Institute to provide a vision and a road map for achieving an environmentally sustainable economy.

Brown has authored or coauthored over 50 books. One of the world’s most widely published authors, his books have appeared in some 40 languages.

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