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John & Patricia Adams: “A Force for Nature” | Talks at Google

John and Patricia Adams spoke to Googlers in Mountain View, California on January 25, 2011 about their book “A Force for Nature: The Story of NRDC and Its Fight to Save Our Planet.”

John Adams is founder of the environmental non-profit Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). He is also winner of President Obama’s 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom award, America’s highest civilian honor. He has published his memoir “A Force for Nature: The Story of NRDC and Its Fight to Save Our Planet”.

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. Since NRDC’s founding in 1970, it has now grown to 1.2 million members and a staff of scientists and lawyers.

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 it fought with law and science to defend diverse communities and ecosystems against chemical pollution, strip-mining, clear-cutting, nuclear waste, misuse of public lands, coastal oil drilling, and other threats.

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