State of the World 2008: Audio and Video


E&ETV’s “OnPoint” interviews Tom Prugh about the “unmistakable and extremely important trend” outlined in State of the World 2008.

Watch Worldwatch President Chris Flavin and State of the World 2008 project co-director Gary Gardner discuss how environmental concerns are shaping the global economy in Voice of America’s recent report. (Windows Broadband Video)


World Watch Editor Tom Prugh discusses sustainable economics on Earth & Sky Radio


State of the World 2008 Briefing

The 12th Annual State of the World Briefing was held January 30, 2008 in Washington, D.C. Listen as Interface, Inc. Chairman Ray Anderson describes his journey towards sustainable business, and other prominent business and non-profit leaders share important lessons from their work.

First Session

Dennis Dimick, Executive Editor, National Geographic Society, presents a powerful slideshow showing the early effects of climate change.
Listen (mp3) Where Energy and Global Warming Meet
Daniel Esty, Director, Yale Center for Business and the Environment, speaks about the unique role of business in achieving environmental sustainability.
Listen (mp3) Engaging the Business Community
Thomas Prugh, State of the World 2008 co-director, Worldwatch Institute, introduces the fundamental principles of sustainable economies and outlines a roadmap for achieving them.
Listen (mp3) Sex, Lies, and Reformist Economic Concepts

Second Session

Ricardo Bayon, Director, Ecosystem Marketplace, explains the origins of markets for ecosystem services, and the important role they play in creating incentives for sustainability.
Listen (mp3) Banking on Biodiversity
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Hilary French, Senior Advisor for Programs, Worldwatch Institute, describes the rapid growth of carbon markets around the world, and the continued challenge of making carbon trading a key tool in fighting climate change.
Listen (mp3) Improving Carbon Markets
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Kyung-Ah Park, Vice President, Environmental Strategy Group, Goldman, Sachs & Co., gives a view into Goldman Sachs’ sustainability efforts and explains the company’s role in carbon trading.
Listen (mp3) View from Goldman Sachs

Closing Keynote

Ray Anderson, Chairman, Interface, Inc., passionately recounts his journey from carpet entrepreneur to sustainability pioneer, sharing his inspiration for change and the methods he used to greatly reduce the environmental impact of his business.
Listen (mp3) New Thinking, Sustainability in Action

State of the World 2008 Press Conference

Listen as State of the World 2008 is formally launched at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C., on January 9, 2008. Authors and journalists discuss innovations that are changing the global economy, and challenges to implementing economic sustainability.

  • Part 1: Key Findings from State of the World 2008
    (Chris Flavin, President, Worldwatch Institute)

    Chris Flavin speaks about Worldwatch’s decision to focus on sustainable economies and highlights important facts from across the report’s 14 chapters.
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  • Part 2: Innovators and Innovations
    (Gary Gardner, Senior Researcher and Project Co-Director, Worldwatch Institute)

    Gary Gardner explains how innovations are changing traditional economics for five groups: entrepreneurs, investors, consumers, manufacturers, and policymakers.
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  • Part 3: Dialogue Between Authors and Journalists

    Authors respond to journalists’ questions on rising food prices, scaling up solar power, new economic indicators, and whether all innovations are good.
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Innovations Podcast #1: Seven Principles for Sustainable Economies

State of the World 2008 authors Gary Gardner and Tom Prugh explain why seven key principles will help steer economies toward sustainability. Listen to this audio