The Worldwatch Institute was a globally focused environmental research organization based in Washington, D.C. founded by Lester R. Brown[1] Worldwatch was named as one of the top ten sustainable development research organizations by Globescan Survey of Sustainability Experts.

World watch Europe website ceased in 2017 and Worldwatch.org is unreachable as of January 2020.


The mission of the Institute reads: Through research and outreach that inspire action, the Worldwatch Institute works to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world that meets human needs. The institute's top mission objectives are universal access to renewable energy and nutritious food, expansion of environmentally sound jobs and development, transformation of cultures from consumerism to sustainability, and an early end to population growth through healthy and intentional childbearing.[2]

The Worldwatch Institute aims to inform policymakers and the public about the links between the world economy and its environmental support systems. Research conducted by the institute is integrative or interdisciplinary and global in scope.[3]

Worldwatch's priority programs include:

Worldwatch also monitors human health, population, water resources, biodiversity, governance, and environmental security.[8]