Episode 018: Saving the World with Environmentalist Rob from NRDC

Episode 018: Saving the World with Environmentalist Rob from NRDC July 19, 2017

“I can’t help but wonder sometimes, What would it be like if all of us just started telling the truth?”

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What is radical listening and what’s really up with the world and Donald Trump? Is there something wrong with our electricity and is natural gas actually not a good thing? Why can’t we trust what we’re being told and how can we help save the planet by slowing down and implement self-care?

I’m super excited to share this episode with Robert Friedman as we dive into a lot of interesting topics and reveal a few hidden truths. I left his office in Manhattan, feeling empowered and ready to get out there and fight, and I can only hope that you will feel the same 30 minutes from now.

Who is Rob?

Rob Friedman is a New York based young man who fights for climate and environmental justice at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), where he among other things fights against fossil-fuel infrastructure and advocates for safe drinking water

Before NRDC, Friedman worked on water-quality enforcement and community engagement at Riverkeeper in New York’s Hudson Valley. He holds a degree in environmental policy from Bates College and is a trained organizational behavior coach through the Academy for Coaching Excellence.

I had the honor of listening to Rob speak at a panel in Brooklyn recently, and since I loved everything he had to say, I just knew I had to find him afterwords and invite him as a guest on Hey Change. Luckily, for both of us, he said yes, so tune in to learn a few crazy facts you may not even wanna know and listen to what the fossil fuel battler Rob thinks about change.


Astounding (and highly concerning!!!) facts in this episode:

  • 500 million plastic straws are being used in the US every day
  • Last year was the hottest year for the third year in a row since they started tracking average temperatures
  • It’s estimated that by 2050 there will be 250 million refugees in the world, and a lot of that will be climate induced – related to shortages of food supplies etc.
Rob’s Retruth

I want to retruth that change is hard. If you look at any movement around the world and in history, change occurred very slowly and very intentionally, and almost accidentally. You can manifest things that you never thought were possible. I don’t wanna say that change is easy, but that the retruth is that change is easeful. That we need to be thinking of change in terms of incremental steps but that it is inevitable, and it’s something very exciting and empowering about that. It gives us the opportunity to dismantle the rules – because there is now rules. We make up the rules.


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