The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

Earth Policy Institute (U.S.A. NGO) (recommended by overseas office)

Energy security, ethanol and food security, sustainable energy projects

Activity grant

Project Description

Over a span of three years, this organization will write and research new book "Plan B 3.0: To rescue civilization" which is to be published in major languages, the publication announced around the world, and promoted through the media. As part of the research expense, assistance will be received for the translation fee in order to publish the Japanese version. This book outlines the expansion of economic disparity, peak oil, population increase, water shortage, and temperature rise the world faces. It explains what sort of decline in civilisation will occur if a response is not quickly mobilized. In addition, substitute technologies leading to an environmentally sustainable economy, and political and economic means are broadly discussed. The book will be finished in October 2007, and after publication in English in January 2008, will be translated in to multiple languages sub sequentially.

Climate changeMarine resources/foodPreservation of surface soil and forestsEnergy problemPreservation of biodiversity and ecosystem
Grant year
FY2007 Activity Grants
Grant term
2 years and 6 months
July 2007 - December 2009
Grant amount
7,320,000 yen
Activity region
In Japan and worldwide
Japanese version of "Plan B 3.0" issued in June 2008

Overview of the Organization

President Lester R. Brown
President Lester R. Brown
Establishment purpose
This organization was established with the aim of developing a plan to guide the world to a more sustainable future. To realize an environmentally stable economy, it is impossible for one country to do it independently, so we are operating on a global level. Our organization is creating a powerful information dissemination model, a worldwide network in order to build a connection with global supporters using cooperative functions through lectures, the internet, communication media, publications.
Main areas of activity
Throughout the world
8 full-time staff members
Annual operating budget
84 million yen in 2005, 1.16 million yen in 2006, 1.9 million yen in 2007
WEB site
Recent activities
Since establishment, our organization has released the following books: (1) Eco-Economy: Constructing an economy for the earth, (2) The Earth Policy Leader, (3) Plan B: Rescue an earth facing a crisis of stress and civilization, (4) Food security: The challenge of food safety inside decreasing groundwater levels and rising temperatures, (5) Plan B 2.0: Rescue an earth facing a crisis of stress and civilizatio; To be published in English as well as all major languages including French, German Spanish, Italian, Portugese, Polish, Turkish, Russian, Arabian, Persian, Japanese, Chinese, Korea, Indonesian, Thai, Marathi (India), etc.