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
Redford Center Blog

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
Redford Center Blog

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

The climate change lawsuit that could stop the U.S. government from supporting fossil fuels

CBS 60 Minutes
"Of all the cases working their way through the federal court system none is more interesting or potentially more life changing than Juliana v. United States. To quote one federal judge, 'This is no ordinary lawsuit.' It was filed back in 2015 on behalf of a group of kids who are trying to get the courts to block the U.S. government from continuing the use of fossil fuels." READ ARTICLE

Celebrities and Models Supporting Sustainability
Redford, a trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council, has channeled his decades of activism toward environmental causes including launching The Redford Center, which works to use film and media to inspire action on the environment. READ ARTICLE

Jaden Smith accepts the Robert Redford Award

Brut America on Instagram
The Redford Center honored Jaden Smith with its inaugural Robert Redford Award for his environmental advocacy work. Smith’s work includes co-founding the sustainably sourced and packaged bottled water company JUST and collaborating with G-Star Raw on their "Forces of Nature" line to promote environmental stewardship through sustainable and upcycled apparel. He dedicated the award to the youth of his generation, who he hopes will lead the way in continuing to help make the world a better place. WATCH VIDEO