The Pacific Institute is an independent, non-profit center created in 1987 to conduct research and policy analysis in the areas of environmental improvement, sustainable development, and international security. Underlying all of the Institute's work is the recognition that the pressing problems of environmental degradation, regional and global poverty, and political tension and conflict are fundamentally interrelated, and that long-term solutions must consider these issues in an interdisciplinary manner. The Institute strives to improve policy through sound research and dialogue with policymakers, activist groups, and the general public from international to local levels. The Institute has three major programs: Water and Sustainability, Economic Globalization and the Environment, and Community Strategies for Sustainability and Justice. Through our research we aim both to understand the world better and to change it in positive directions.