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Force for Nature

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By: Patricia Adams

400 pages, Illustrations

Chronicle Books

Hardback | Oct 2010 | #188383 | ISBN-13: 9780811865357
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The story of the National Resources Defense Council, movingly told by founder and former president John H. Adams, who conveys the struggles and victories of building a large political action organization.

Forty years ago, John Adams, an ardent litigator, joined forces with a band of innovative Yale law students, including the now-renowned environmentalist James Gustave Speth, to create the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a public interest law firm dedicated to protecting the environment. Setting a course for responsible militancy, Adams took the helm, and while the rest should be history, the full and remarkably instructive story of the NRDC s ingenuity, perseverance, and landmark triumphs has not previously been told. Assisted by coauthors Patricia Adams and George Black, editor of OnEarth, John Adams energetically pilots a page-turning insider s chronicle of the groundbreaking watchdog group s key battles, bold moves, and hard lessons. Early on, the NRDC discovered just how effective governmental regulation can be as they fought with law and science to defend diverse communities and ecosystems against chemical pollution, strip-mining, clear-cu

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John H. Adams New York John H. Adams served as NRDC's executive director and, later, president from its inception in 1970 until 2006, and continues to play an active role in NRDC's work. Prior to his work at NRDC, John served as assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. He sits on the boards of numerous other environmental organizations and has served on governmental advisory committees, including President Clinton's Council for Sustainable Development. Patricia Adams New York Patricia Adams is a long-time supporter of NRDC and a steering committee member of NRDC's Partnership for the Earth campaign. Natural Resources Defense Council The Natural Resources Defense Council is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. It is a national, nonprofit organization of scientists, lawyers, and environmental specialists dedicated to protecting public health and the environment. Founded in 1970, NRDC has 1.2 million members and online activists served from offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Beijing.

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