The Redford Center, Apple and 4Ocean Team Up to Build Youth Climate Leadership Through New Environmental Video Contest

With youth across the globe bringing an infusion of energy and engagement to climate movements, The Redford Center, an environmental film and media nonprofit co-founded by filmmaker James Redford, and his father, actor Robert Redford, is launching its newest program aimed at developing youth leadership. Redford Center Stories will engage students in interactive learning and creative storytelling for an environmental video contest with winners announced on Earth Day (April 22, 2020) in partnership with Apple. READ MORE

Robert Redford: Don’t let Trump pollute our lakes and streams

Washington Post
The real star of my 1992 movie, “A River Runs Through It,” was not supposed to be Brad Pitt. It was supposed to be Montana’s iconic Big Blackfoot River, which starts as a watery thread up near the Continental Divide and runs down to its confluence with the Clark Fork near Missoula, about 75 miles west. The Blackfoot was so badly degraded by decades of gold mining and logging waste, though, we shot the film instead mostly on the Gallatin River 200 miles away. Today, the Blackfoot is on the mend, thanks to state and local action grounded in common-sense federal protections for clean water in our rivers, lakes, estuaries and bays.If there’s one thing, in fact, we should all be able to agree on as Americans, it’s that clean water is life itself. Any threat to that imperils us all. READ MORE

Robert Redford: The latest battle to save San Francisco Bay

San Francisco Chronicle
A few years ago, I had the honor of narrating an Emmy Award-winning television series about the history of San Francisco Bay. [...] The last episode in the series was about three Berkeley women, Sylvia McLaughlin, Catherine Kerr and Esther Gulick, who in 1961 founded Save San Francisco Bay. READ MORE


Expanding Youth Access to Nature

Francesca Vietor for The San Francisco Foundation
Seeing the ocean for the first time, looking up at towering redwoods, getting dirty in the soil—these are the formative experiences in nature that all children deserve. Since 2016, the San Francisco Foundation has launched two funds to provide disconnected and underserved youth with meaningful, transformative experiences in nature that inspire them to care for the earth and help them to reach their full potential. READ ARTICLE

Redford Conservancy is First Higher Ed Building in California to Earn Zero Net Energy Certification
The Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability at Pitzer College has won the first higher education building certification in California for using Zero Net Energy. The certification from the International Living Future Institute is highly sought after and challenging to achieve. READ
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Robert Redford: Don’t Fall for Political Distractions. Saving Our Planet Must Come First.

It’s hard to believe, but 49 years ago a new awareness of our environmental responsibilities was born. The founding of Earth Day marked an important moment in time, a pivotal recognition of how precious and fragile and sacred our connection is to our natural world. And on this Earth Day, I find myself searching for words to express my sense of urgency on behalf of our one and only home — to create yet another new awareness of those same responsibilities. READ ARTICLE

Filmmaker James Redford’s ‘Renewable Therapy’ Video Series Aims to Turn Climate Anxiety into Climate Action

“The media bombards us with evidence of a changing climate, but we don’t hear much about what we can do about it,” said Redford. “Unfortunately, many of us don’t realize that clean energy now has the capacity to deter the worst of climate change. That seemed like a story worth telling.” READ THE PRESS RELEASE AND WATCH EPISODE ONE
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Robert Redford responds to youth climate strikes: 'I am rooting them on.'

As climate change is wreaking havoc on the planet, adults have failed our youth — and the world’s young people are no longer sitting back quietly. READ ARTICLE

Scotland ‘doing what it needs to’ on renewables, says Robert Redford’s documentarian son

Energy Voice
James Redford, director of 2017 documentary Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution, said that with US President Donald Trump’s current administration in power he sometimes “wonders” what it’s like to live in a country where renewable progress isn’t hindered by politics. [...] Mr Redford said: “Renewable energy needs to be embraced at the highest level, right now. ... There’s so much change going on in terms of big tech across the industry and people buying into these ideas. We have to make a choice about the world we want to live in.” READ ARTICLE

Jaden Smith Pitches in to Provide Cleaner Water for Flint

Washington Informer
Musician and actor Jaden Smith is rolling up his sleeves to help provide the city of Flint, Mich., with a cleaner water supply. Smith, 20, son of actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, has deployed his “Just Water” company to Flint, where residents are still routinely waiting in blocks-long lines for potable water. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images: Jaden Smith attends The Redford Center's Benefit at August Hall on December 6, 2018 in San Francisco, California.) READ ARTICLE