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May-June, 2008

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s obsession with rivers has its headwaters in the mid-1960s, when he and his famous dad paddled along the towering walls of the Grand Canyon. Now 54 and chief prosecuting attorney for the Riverkeeper environmental alliance, he goes after river polluters nationwide with a vengeance…and returns to the Colorado River in the new IMAX movie Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk.
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Wake Them Up With a Splash
Outside Magazine
March, 2008

How to bring the world's freshwater woes into focus? Try 3-D. On one of the most ambitious Imax projects to date, 44 river warriors including Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Wade Davis go sloshing down the Grand Canyon—and try not to drop the million-dollar cameras into the drink.
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Vanity Fair presents its first “Green Issue”
Vanity Fair
May, 2006

Beginning an “increased commitment to reporting on the threat to our precious environment,” says editor Graydon Carter. The May cover features a quartet of eco–power players, capturing Hollywood glamour and activist passion: Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Al Gore, Julia Roberts, and George Clooney, photographed by Annie Leibovitz.
A natural devotion. Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s faith inspired his children's book
The Boston Globe
March 15, 2005

The first sign of devotion to St. Francis is right there in the driveway, a small statue on a stone wall standing like a sentry in front of the Kennedy home.
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Kennedy aims to save the world by sharing the tales of St. Francis
Detroit Free Press
March 11, 2005

Parents' hearts likely will warm as Robert F. Kennedy Jr. hits the TV talk-show circuit next week, launching his campaign to save the planet through bedtime stories -- but read on, because, as usual with the Kennedys, there's a political agenda as well.
Environmental Justice for All
Mother Earth News
October/November 2004

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. says defending our environment must transcend political partisanship. At first glance, Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s cluttered office at the Pace University Law School in White Plains, N.Y., seems an odd place for a member of one of the world's most distinguished political families.
The Man With the Golden Name
USA Today
December 1, 2001

When you're born with a name like Robert F. Kennedy Jr., you need to have more substance than the average speaker on the circuit. Does the environment's biggest defender deliver?

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Interview
October 1, 2008

In Search of the Beauty and Mystery of Home

August 2, 1999

By Roger Rosenblatt | Hudson, N.Y.

Since the plane of John F. Kennedy Jr. went down on July 16, observations about the Kennedys have mainly connected the family with calamity and grief. But the environmental work of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and his partner, John Cronin, remind one that the Kennedys are more lastingly characterized by public service. In May I went out with Kennedy and Cronin on New York's revitalized Hudson River, a fluid monument to the devotion so many Kennedys have felt for the country.

What we will see on the river, John Cronin tells me, is the past, present and future--"what we have been fighting against and fighting for." The against comes first. On a late-spring morning full of sunshine and blue water, we push off in a 26-ft. sportfishing boat used by Cronin's watchdog group, Riverkeeper Inc., to patrol the Hudson. Heading north, about 40 miles north of Manhattan, we see the Lovett Power Station on the west bank. The old, dark, brick coal-, gas- and oil-burning tangle of structures looks like a giant outdoor furnace. Beside it is a quarrying operation that once dumped a load of sand and gravel from a conveyor belt into Cronin's boat while he was in it, to discourage scrutiny.

"We were so dumb," he laughs. "We watched the belt swing over our heads, never suspecting what they were going to do."

On the east side is a plant that uses gypsum to make Sheetrock and that, thanks to Riverkeeper, has done a cleanup. Just beyond it rise Units 2 and 3 of the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant. Two mosquelike domes flank a sky-high smokestack painted in red and white stripes. It looks like a lighthouse that has been converted into a festive nuclear missile. Beyond that, at Charles Point, lies a garbage-burning plant, which turns trash into energy.

All the plants, says Cronin, are located in exactly the wrong part of the river--the broad, shallow heart of the estuary that serves as a nursery for striped bass, bay anchovies and American shad. The plants suck in water with great force; Indian Point alone uses a million gallons a minute. Fish small enough to slip through the meshes are killed at once. Larger fish are impaled on the screens and killed or maimed. Riverkeeper has forced Indian Point to install $25 million worth of fish-saving equipment, and in 1994 the group successfully sued to make the Environmental Protection Agency set official safety standards for power plants. read more ›