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Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

The natural resources defense council (nrdc) is a nonprofit environmental advocacy organization. Originally funded by the Ford Foundation, it was founded in 1970 by public interest lawyers seeking to create an organization that would focus specifically on environmental protection.

The NRDC is one of several national environmental organizations to emerge in the 1970s. These groups are distinct from the conservation organizations that existed prior to this period, such as the Sierra Club and the Audubon Society. At the time these longer established organizations had more of a recreational and hobbyist orientation and were less engaged in political mobilization. The NRDC and other environmental organizations that formed during the 1970s emerged from the political mobilizations of the 1960s and took on a more explicitly political orientation. In ...

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