A Force for Nature

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-08-25
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books Llc
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The world's preeminent environmental organization began with a layer of soot on the windowsill of a Greenwich Village apartment. Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) founder John H. Adams, a pioneer of environmental action, was working as a lawyer for the U.S. Attorney's office when he and fellow lawyers teamed up to form a grassroots environmental advocacy group. Since 1970, NRDC has grown into an international powerhouse with 1.2 million members and a staff of scientists and lawyers whose mission is to safeguard the planet. This inspiring memoir tells the story of the NRDC and the environmental movement it sparked.

Author Biography

John H. Adams was NRDC's executive director and, later, president from 1970 until 2006. He served on President Clinton's Council for Sustainable Development, and sits on the boards of numerous environmental organizations, including NRDC. He lives in New York.

Patricia Adams is a long-time supporter of NRDC and a steering committee member of NRDC's Partnership for the Earth campaign.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 7
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. 9
First Decade 1970-1980
Gathering Forcesp. 12
Here to Stayp. 31
As We Live and Breathep. 44
Waters of Lifep. 53
Does a Tree Have Standing?p. 63
This Land Is Our Landp. 73
Second Decade 1980-1990
The Dark Ages (and How We Survived Them)p. 86
A Terrible Powerp. 100
Going Undergroundp. 109
The Poisoned Chalicep. 124
An Apple a Dayp. 138
Third Decade 1990-2000
Uptown, Downtown, All Around the Townp. 148
Smoke Alarmp. 165
Our Toxic Legacyp. 184
Contract on Americap. 197
The Last Wildernessp. 217
Land of the Spirit Bearp. 231
Fourth Decade 2000-2010
One Gem at a Timep. 248
Water, Water Everywherep. 269
The Rule of Lawp. 287
We're Having a Heat Wavep. 301
California Dreamingp. 317
The China Syndromep. 335
A New Energy Economyp. 350
Epilogue: Back to the Futurep. 370
Time Line of NRDC and the Modern Environmental Movementp. 378
Indexp. 387
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