The NRDC's senior attorney, Bobby Kennedy Jr., is a licensed master falconer and, as often as possible, he pursues a life-long enthusiasm for white-water paddling. He has organized and led several expeditions in Latin America, including first descents on three little-known rivers in Peru, Columbia and Venezuela.
NRDC was founded by JOHN ADAMS in 1970, long before anyone knew what an environmental lawyer was.
NRDC made their EARTH TO LA! fundraising event Climate Cool by purchasing clean power from Vermont-based NativeEnergy, which will offset every ton of global warming emissions generated by the event, including all power for the sound and lights. Clean power proceeds will help build a wind farm on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota and support Northwest wind farms that generate energy without the heat-trapping pollution that causes global warming.
The NRDC is a national nonprofit organization of scientists, lawyers, environmental specialists and public policy experts dedicated to safeguarding the EARTH: its people, its plants and animals and the natural sytems on which all life depends.
1971 - NRDC wins passage of the Clean Water Act, which allows citizens to sue polluters directly.
1973 - NRDC begins action that wins phase-out of lead in U.S. gasoline.
1976 - NRDC litigation wins limits on water pollution for 24 major industries.
1978 - NRDC wins fight to remove ozone depleting CFCs from aerosol cans.
1978 - NRDC launches fight against acid rain through lawsuit which cuts sulphur dioxide emissions by a million tons annually.
1980 - NRDC leadership helps win federal protection for one hundred million acres of Alaskan lands.
1984 - NRDC wins litigation to compel the Department of Energy to comply with environmental laws at all of their nuclear weapons facilities.
1985 - NRDC helps win adoption of national efficiency standards for consumer appliances, saving billions of dollars in electrical bills.
1987 - NRDC initiative leads to International Treaty to save ozone layer.
1987 - NRDC lawsuit forces Bethlehem Steel to pay $1.5 million in penalties for water pollution.
1991 - NRDC helps defeat U.S. Senate bill that would open Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to unnecessary oil drilling.
1993 - NRDC legal action forces two oil giants, ARCO and Texaco, to cease water pollution and pay stiff fines for past violations.
1994 - NRDC saves eastern North America's largest untouched wilderness by helping the Cree defeat the James Bay hydro-electric project.
1999 - NRDC helps win commitments from over 200 companies, including Kinko's, 3M, Starbucks, and Home Depot, to help save temperate rainforests by phasing out their use and sale of old-growth wood products.
2000 - NRDC's worldwide campaign forces the Mitsubishi Corporation to abandon its plan to construct a massive salt factory next to the last unspoiled breeding ground of the gray whale.
2001 - NRDC helps secure an agreement among logging companies, environmentalists, native peoples and the government of British Columbia to protect millions of acres of the Great Bear Rainforest--home of the rare white Spirit Bear--from logging.
2002 - Working with a coalition of environmental groups, NRDC goes to federal court and blocks the Bush administration from allowing oil exploration in thousands of acres of public wildlands next to Arches National Park in Utah.
2003 - NRDC wins a federal court case stopping the woldwide deployment of a Navy sonar system that would have blasted oceans with noise so intense it could maim, deafen and kill whales.