State of the World 2012 Launch and Symposium

Event Date: 
April 11, 2012 - 1:30pm
The Woman's National Democratic Club | Whittemore House
Watch the livestream here!

The Worldwatch Institute invites you to the official launch of State of the World 2012: Moving Toward Sustainable Prosperity on April 11th. We will celebrate the release of this important Rio+20 edition of State of the World by inviting some of the book’s key contributors to discuss their ideas on how we can achieve “sustainable development.” Speakers will include Worldwatch President Robert Engelman; Project Co-Directors Michael Renner and Erik Assadourian; report authors Joe Foti of the World Resources Institute, Mia MacDonald of Brighter Green, Michael Replogle and Colin Hughes of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, Diana Lind of Next American City; and Bo Normander of Worldwatch Europe. Also joining via satellite will be Severn Suzuki, who first shook the global community as a young girl making a strong declaration at the first Rio Summit and has acted as an environmental champion ever since. 

The event will take place at the Whittemore House (Woman's National Democratic Club). If you cannot attend in person, you can participate via webcast. We will follow these presentations with a reception where food and beverages will be provided. The symposium will take place from 1:30pm to 5pm and will be followed by a reception providing food and refreshment. 

Severn Suzuki, who captured the world's attention with this speech at the 1992 Earth summit, will join the symposium via satellite. 

About State of the World 2012: Moving Toward Sustainable Prosperity

In 1992, governments at the Rio Earth Summit made a historic commitment to sustainable development—an economic system that promotes the health of both people and ecosystems. Twenty years and several summits later, human civilization has never been closer to ecological collapse, a third of humanity lives in poverty, and another 2 billion people are projected to join the human race over the next 40 years. How will we move toward sustainable prosperity equitably shared among all even as our cities strain to provide decent jobs, housing, transportation, and social services, and as our ecological systems decline?

To promote discussion around this vital topic at the Rio+20 U.N. Conference and beyond, State of the World 2012: Moving Toward Sustainable Prosperity showcases creative policies and fresh approaches that are advancing sustainable development in the twenty-first century. Chapters written by international experts present a comprehensive look at current trends in global economics and sustainability, a policy toolbox of clear solutions to some of our most pressing environmental and human challenges, and a path for reforming economic institutions to promote both ecological health and prosperity.

Moving Toward Sustainable Prosperity is the latest publication in the Worldwatch Institute’s flagship State of the World series, which remains the most recognized and authoritative resource for research and policy solutions on critical global issues. State of the World 2012 builds on three decades of experience to offer a clear, pragmatic look at the current state of global ecological systems and the economic forces that are reshaping them—and how we can craft develop more-sustainable and equitable economies in the future.


Join us at 1:30 at:

The Woman's National Democratic House
The Whittemore House
1526 New Hampshire Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036
Questions? Email Grant Potter at