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Robert Friedman, Campaigner, New York City

Robert Friedman
I grew up in the Hudson Valley in a community whose waterfront is a Class 2 Superfund site. From a very young age, environmental issues were a big part of my life. Growing up, most of my weekends were spent in the Catskills, hiking, biking and climbing. This is where I began to gain an appreciation for the outdoors. In middle school I (somewhat prematurely) decided I would make a career out of my passion for protecting our environment, and I haven’t exactly looked back ever since. I studied climate policy with a focus on social movement theory at Bates College, and over the years have been involved in a diverse set of environmental policy-related endeavors including investigating the impacts of climate change on artisanal fishermen in coastal Tanzania, working on a boat to defend the Hudson River from polluters, and advocating for the rights of climate vulnerable nations at the United Nations climate negotiations. And now I’m at NRDC fulfilling my greatest passion: engaging young people in environmental advocacy and the fight for intergenerational justice. I know a lot about spotted hyenas.

Recent Posts

Building a Tar Sands Resistance

Posted June 11, 2015 by Robert Friedman

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When you think about fossil fuel infrastructure in this country, you probably picture Texas oil fields or Louisiana refineries or drilling platforms in the Gulf of Mexico--or increasingly, oil and gas rigs fracking away in shale-rich states like Colorado...continued

Young New Yorkers Advocate for Climate Education Resolution

Posted March 4, 2015 by Robert Friedman

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Young people have a unique stake in the climate issue as our lives and those of future generations depend on actions taken today to reduce emissions and find new ways of powering our communities. Solutions to the climate crisis come...continued

Obama Administration Commits to Empowering Next Generation with Access to National Parks

Posted February 19, 2015 by Robert Friedman

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I first gained an appreciation for the great outdoors in the foothills of the Catskills of New York, sprinting up trails, climbing in the Gunks and boating in the tributaries of the Hudson River. These experiences played an integral role...continued

HOME is Where The Climate Is

Posted November 18, 2014 by Robert Friedman

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Just under two months ago, over 400,000 people of all faiths, creeds, political orientations and causes rallied in the streets of New York City for climate justice. Musicians marched alongside kids, people of faith mingled with scientists. It was truly...continued

Why We March

Posted September 19, 2014 by Robert Friedman

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A New York City councilman recently asked me to identify the purpose of Sunday’s People’s Climate March. Over the past several months, I’ve been thinking about this question a lot, but two days out, I think I’ve arrived at my...continued

Winning the Future We Want And Need

Posted August 21, 2014 by Robert Friedman

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Exactly one month from today, thousands of people from across the globe will converge in New York City for the People’s Climate March. I hope you’ll join NRDC and over 800 of our allies across the progressive movement as we...continued

Launching the People's Climate March

Posted August 4, 2014 by Robert Friedman

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Last week we joined with dozens of our allies in Times Square to formally launch the People's Climate March. The March will take place on September 21st, 2014, when world leaders will be coming to New York for a United...continued

A Pinch from Real Life: Carbon pollution, Asthma and How We Can Use Efficiency to #ActOnClimate

Posted July 31, 2014 by Robert Friedman

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This blog post was written by Meg McPherson, an intern in our DC office working with our Communications team. Do you ever have those moments when you suddenly realize that you aren’t watching a movie, play or TV show about...continued

NRDC's Bees Take Flight

Posted June 23, 2014 by Robert Friedman

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Like any of these foods? You have bees to thank! Bees play an essential role in our food system, pollinating some of my personal favorite foods, including avocados, olives and cucumbers. Since joining the staff here at NRDC, I’ve had...continued

College & University Presidents Stand Up For Climate Action

Posted May 29, 2014 by Robert Friedman

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Over the past seven years, 684 colleges and universities, including my own alma mater (Go Bates!), have signed onto the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) to make voluntary commitments to reduce climate pollution on their campuses. Earlier...continued

Emergency Climate Reddit AMA Tomorrow!

Posted May 21, 2014 by Robert Friedman

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UPDATE: Follow along and ask questions here! Ever wanted to ask one of our experts a burning question about climate change? Now's your chance! Tomorrow at 1:30 PM EST, we'll be joining a crew of movers and shakers in the...continued

Tell Your Alma Mater, Fossil Fuel Divestment Just Went Mainstream

Posted April 30, 2014 by Robert Friedman

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A version of this post is on WeArePowerShift.org Right now, Harvard University students are braving some nasty weather and blockading Massachusetts Hall, where President Drew Faust’s office is located, to demand that the Harvard Corporation, the world’s largest educational endowment, divest from...continued

"I see the green Earth and I want to..."

Posted April 23, 2014 by Robert Friedman

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Paint it black?! Some people take the air we breathe and the water we drink for granted. They're willing to go to the ends of the Earth searching for new, extreme ways to extract fossil fuels. This new piece from...continued

Students to WashU: Cut Ties With Peabody

Posted April 21, 2014 by Robert Friedman

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The climate is changing, and with each and every passing day, more communities are experiencing the devastation of fossil fuel extraction. What’s it going to take to get us on track to a more sustainable future? Limits on carbon emissions, for...continued

Building A Climate "Wall of Sound"

Posted April 8, 2014 by Robert Friedman

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People often ask me what I think is the single most important thing they could be doing to solve the climate crisis. Yes, exercising your right to vote is really important, as is living sustainably. But on an issue as...continued

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