World Resources Institute


WRI is an environmental think tank that goes beyond research to find practical ways to protect the earth and improve people’s lives.

Our mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.

We organize our work around four key programmatic goals:

Climate Protection
Protect the global climate system from further harm due to emissions of greenhouse gases and help humanity and the natural world adapt to unavoidable climate change.

Empower people and support institutions to foster environmentally sound and socially equitable decision-making.

Markets & Enterprise
Harness markets and enterprise to expand economic opportunity and protect the environment.

People & Ecosystems
Reverse rapid degradation of ecosystems and assure their capacity to provide humans with needed goods and services.