28 May '11, 9am
"I've made it my obligation to stand up for nature, and sometimes you've only got a second."
More from OnEarth Inside NRDC : Sending a Message Inside NRDC : Cleaner Diesel Inside NRDC : Oil Spill Panel: Offshore Drilling Needs Improved Safety and Oversight John Adams, NRDC's founding director, paid a visit to the White House on February 15 to receive the nation's highest civilian honor: the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Adams, who helped found NRDC in 1970, was recognized for his decades-long commitment to protecting the environment. Other recipients included President George H. W. Bush, the investor Warren Buffett, and the congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis. "This is one of the things that I most look forward to every year," President Obama told the 15 honorees and their invited guests at the East Room ceremony. "It's a chance to meet with -- and more importantly, honor -- some of the most extraordinary people in America and around the world." In his...