The Riverkeepers: Two Activists Fight to Reclaim Our Environment as a Basic Human Right

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Scribner, 1997 - Political Science - 302 pages
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"A modern-day David and Goliath tale, The Riverkeepers is an impassioned firsthand account by two advocates who have taken on powerful corporate and government polluters to win back the river they love. John Cronin and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., report from the frontline of environmental activism, the Hudson River Valley, to tell us how we too can fight and win by reclaiming a fundamental right that dates back to the Magna Carta - the right to defend and enjoy our invaluable natural resources." "Revealing shocking stories of commonplace environmental crime - from drinking water tainted with hospital waste to fish populations contaminated by freely dumped PCBs - John and Bobby describe their dramatic confrontations with more than ninety environmental lawbreakers. They vividly recount the hands-on investigations, the groundbreaking court battles, and the courageous local heroes that characterize their mission to bring to justice some of the world's most powerful institutions." "Interweaving the personal, philosophical, and political, The Riverkeepers is a timely call to action that will resonate across America as the backlash spearheaded by congressional leaders and their major corporate allies threatens to reverse the hard-won victories in environmental law and policy. It is an eloquent and essential reminder that environmentalism is really about defending democracy and our most basic rights as citizens."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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A history of how a run in with the law over drugs led RFK Jr. into the field of environmental law, and then into the Riverkeepers. The book details the formation of the Riverkeepers, and what they did ... Read full review

THE RIVERKEEPERS: Two Activists Fight to Reclaim Our Environment as a Basic Human Right

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Two leaders of the Hudson Riverkeeper organization, a New Yorkbased environmental advocacy group, recount their legal and public-relations battles against the polluters of one of America's famed ... Read full review


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About the author (1997)

John Cronin is a former commercial fisherman who was appointed Hudson Riverkeeper in 1983 and lives in Garrison, New York, where he serves as vice president of his local school board.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is an American environmental activist, attorney, radio talk show host, and author. He serves as Chief Prosecuting Attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper and President of Waterkeeper Alliance. Born on January 17, 1954, in Washington, D.C., Kennedy is the son of former U. S. Senator for New York and U. S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, and nephew of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy. He received his B.A. from Harvard University in American History and Literature and studied at the London School of Economics. He obtained his J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School and attended Pace University School of Law, where he was awarded a Master's Degree in Environmental Law. Among Mr. Kennedy's published books are: Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak, the New York Times' bestseller Crimes Against Nature, St. Francis of Assisi: A Life of Joy, The Riverkeepers, and Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr.: A Biography. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Atlantic Monthly and many other publications. His award winning articles have been included in anthologies of America's Best Crime Writing, Best Political Writing and Best Science Writing.

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