Robert Redford was five years old when his grandfather handed him a fishing rod, a gun and a challenge to roam wild across the lakes, fields and forests of the Texas hill country. So began a life of discovery—and a...continued→
John H. Adams, Founding Director, New York City
In 2010, Adams and his wife Patricia co-authored A Force for Nature, a memoir recounting their forty years of battles and victories with NRDC. He is currently chair of the board of the Open Space Institute and sits on the boards of numerous other environmental organizations. He has also served on governmental advisory committees, including President Clinton's Council for Sustainable Development. Prior to his work at NRDC, Adams served as assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Duke University School of Law. Adams lives in Catskills mountains of New York, not far from the farm where he was raised.
Over the past few years, polar bears have become a symbol for the urgent need to confront climate change. My grandchildren and thousands of other school children know that if we fail to limit carbon pollution, polar bears could be...continued→
I just had one of the most energizing days of my life. I spent Sunday standing with as many as 15,000 people in an enormous circle around the White House. All of us came to tell President Obama to reject...continued→
On November 6, I will be leading a group of NRDC members and experts to the White House. The last time I visited 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, I had the honor of receiving the Medal of Freedom in recognition of what...continued→
Here's an idea. Let's let the governor of West Virginia decide how much coal waste gets dumped into rivers flowing into North Carolina. How about the folks in Kentucky do the same for their neighbors in Tennessee. While we're at...continued→
President Obama recently nominated John Bryson for the position of Secretary of Commerce. I have known Bryson for more than 40 years, and I have watched with admiration as he excelled as a both a business leader and a public...continued→
Skirting the banks of the Mississippi River in the last few miles before it gives itself over to the Gulf of Mexico, it’s easy to imagine you’re nearing some far end of the Earth. High tide swamps the roadway. Great...continued→
This week, I had the extraordinary honor of receiving the Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama. I accepted this honor on behalf of the people who really made it possible: the staff and supporters of NRDC. I am just...continued→
Incoming New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation a much needed boost today, by selecting Open Space Institute (OSI) president Joe Martens as its new commissioner. I have worked closely with Joe for many years,...continued→
Forty years ago, a very distinguished group of lawyers fought to stop Con Edison from building a power plant on Storm King Mountain in the Hudson Highlands. They soon realized that a public interest law firm should be established so...continued→
Forty years ago, Congress passed the Clean Air Act of 1970. That same year, with a group of colleagues we founded NRDC, and we spent the next four decades using the Clean Air Act to improve the health of millions...continued→
The oil and gas industry spent a record $168.3 million in lobbying expenses in 2009, and a good deal of it was directed to blocking clean energy and climate legislation. That is a staggering number, but after my 40 years...continued→
People think of the Catskills and they think of "Dirty Dancing." But really, it's about barns and cows and fishing and hiking. The first fly fishermen fished in the Neversink and the Beaverkill. We have a great river system, trout...continued→
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