A Force for Nature

Monday, November 15, 2010

John H. Adams and his wife Patricia Adams talk about founding the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the organizations mission to protect the environment. Their memoir A Force for Nature: The Story of NRDC and Its Fight to Save Our Planet, gives an account of the NRDC’s founding in 1970, and its evolution from a small grassroots environmental advocacy group to an international powerhouse with 1.2 million members.


John H. Adams and Patricia Adams

Comments [8]

Ed from Queens NY

Coal is mostly carbon, so how could burning it be carbon neutral.

Nuclear power is almost perfect as far as a global warming goes.

Nov. 15 2010 12:55 PM
Amy from Manhattan

But it's the initial costs that keep eco-friendly food, cars, & lighting out of reach of lower-income people! Many can't afford to think in terms of the long-term savings. Some efforts are being made to remedy this; there are groups that hand out CFL bulbs for free, & many community-supported agriculture groups have arrangements to make their food available to people w/lower incomes (as well as giving any food left over to food kitchens).

Nov. 15 2010 12:42 PM
James from Manhattan

Why is not more media attention paid to already existing ways to conserve energy that does not reuires solar, wind or other exotic technology. Relatively simple things like sub-metering rental apartment buildings saves more energy than all of these things combined. If everyone had to pay for their own power, and no one got it for free, then theynwould turn off the lights when they left the room.

Nov. 15 2010 12:35 PM
Amy from Manhattan

When coal co's. blow the tops off mountains to get at the coal, they destroy thousands of trees that used to absorb CO2 (in addition to the other kinds of pollution they cause). Burning it more cleanly isn't enough.

Nov. 15 2010 12:32 PM

Right now it is shale exploration has right to supersede clean air and clean water. Jersey City is fighting gas pipeline to run through city neighborhoods that FERC wants to do.

Nov. 15 2010 12:30 PM
Laura from Princeton, NJ

I would be interested to know if there are efforts to pass legislation that would enable states to work towards implementing a smart grid. How can high tech sustainability entrepreneurs, citizens, and government work together to get a smart grid in place throughout the country?

Nov. 15 2010 12:28 PM
JJones from NYC

Everyone needs to stop calling them windmills, please. Wind TURBINES -- huge individual factories that average 40 stories tall. Windmills sounds so quaint and harmless.

Nov. 15 2010 12:28 PM
Joannie from Manhattan

I was thrilled when carbon was declared a pollutant under the Clean Air Act, but can regulatory agencies really make a difference in the face of the relentless growth of China and India? China is NOT trying to shrink its footprint; if anything it seeks to grow. U.S. regulation stops at the border, but atmospheric carbon does not.

Nov. 15 2010 12:19 PM

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