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Lester Russel Brown is an American environmental analyst, and he is one of the leading experts in environmental science. He founded the Earth Policy Institute, an independent non-profit environmental research organization dedicated to providing a plan to save civilization.
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CHILDHOOD AND EARLY LIFE
- Lester Brown was born in Bridgetown, New Jersey, on March 28th, 1934.
- He had grown up during World War II and would borrow old newspapers to read about the war.
- Brown was a voracious reader, and he would read everything including biographies of famous personalities.
- His parents were both farmers, and he was the first one in the family to earn a college degree.
- During his early years, Brown worked on the farm by pulling weeds, cleaning stables, and milking cows.
- Brown was an entrepreneur by nature. He encouraged his younger brother Carl and got involved in various businesses, like growing chickens and pheasants to sell.
- They also decided to start their own business, and by 1951, their tomato business became one of the largest in New Jersey.
- He took the agricultural science course from Rutgers University and successfully obtained a degree in 1955.
- In that same year, he was part of the ‘International Farm Youth Exchange Program’, and he settled in rural India 6 months later, where he first encountered the issue of population and food.
- He decided to enter the US Department of Agriculture’s ‘Foreign Agricultural Services’, but he required a degree in agricultural economics. He earned the said degree from the University of Maryland within 9 months.
- In 1959, Brown joined FAS, being the international agricultural analyst for the Asia branch.
- A year later, he filed a leave for 9 months to get a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard’s Graduate School of Public Administration, which would later become the John F. Kennedy School of Government.
- In the year 1963, Brown published his most famous work Man, Land and Food. It was the most comprehensive research of population, land resources, and food until the end of the century.
- The story was featured in U.S. News & World Report and caught the attention of Orville Freeman, then-Secretary of Agriculture. Freeman invited him to be a member of his staff and asked him to find a solution to the problem he helped bring to the limelight.
- In 1966, the secretary designated him as Administrator of the Department’s International Agricultural Development Service, with the purpose of helping increase food production in developing countries.
- He was shortly elevated as the resident specialist on global issues.
- Brown left the government position in 1969 and established the Overseas Development Council.
- Brown founded Worldwatch Institute in 1974 with the aid of a $500,000 grant from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. This was the first research institute devoted solely to the purpose of analyzing environmental issues that inflicted people globally.
- Brown’s personal papers were requested by the Library of Congress in 1986, noting that his writings have influenced thoughts surrounding world population and food on a global scale. President Bill Clinton even suggested that “we should all heed his advice”.
- Brown left the Worldwatch Institute in 2001 and founded the Earth Policy Institute, which intended to develop providing a plan to save the planet and civilization.
- Brown, at the age of 79, wrote his autobiography Breaking New Ground, which functioned as an environmental think tank until 2015.
- In 2003, Brown was included in the signers of the Humanist Manifesto.
- In 2015, aged 81, he closed the Earth Policy Institute after stepping down as president.
- Brown has co-authored 50 books concerning environmental issues and food scarcity.
- In his role as a pioneering environmentalist, he founded the Earth Policy Institute, which was built with the goal of promoting a sustainable environment.
AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
- Brown has been honored with over 20 honorary degrees, including a MacArthur Fellowship. He has also been described as “one of the world’s most influential thinkers” by The Washington Post.
- Brown has accumulated various awards and prizes, including the United Nations Environment Prize in 1987 and the World Wide Fund for Nature gold medal in 1989.
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