Author, attorney and environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. spoke at Illinois State University March 28 as part of Illinois State University’s 150th Celebration. For those who were not able to hear his presentation in person, an audiocast of the speech is available by clicking on Our Environmental Destiny and selecting Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s speech.
Throughout his career, Kennedy has encouraged the advancement and development of numerous political and environmental issues. He was named one of Time magazine’s “Heroes for the Planet” for his success in helping the Riverkeeper organization lead the fight to restore the Hudson River in New York. He holds the positions of chief prosecuting attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper and president of Waterkeeper Alliance. He has assisted several political campaigns and worked on environmental issues across the Americas, including the New York City watershed agreement. In conjunction with the Time’s honor, Kennedy is known as an international model in stakeholder consensus negotiations and sustainable development.
Among Kennedy’s published books are the New York Times bestseller Crimes Against Nature; The Riverkeepers; and Judge Frank M. Johnson Jr: A Biography. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, The Nation, Outside magazine, the Village Voice and many other publications. After graduating from Harvard University and the University of Virginia Law School, he studied environmental law at Pace University School of Law.