|Robert Kennedy Junior In Kenya|
Born in January 17, 1954 in Washington, D.C, Robert Kennedy Jr, is the third of eleven children born to Ethel Skakel Kennedy and Robert “Bobby” Kennedy and a nephew of President John F. Kennedy. A resolute defender of the environment, the Harvard University graduate was born into a family of privilege: the Kennedys. Kennedy Jr. could have done many things with his life, but his passion for the environment meant that he ended up synergies all his energies in the fight for environment and everyone’s right to access to clean water and air. He studied at the London School of Economics and received his law degree from the University of Virginia Law School. Following graduation, he attended Pace University School of Law, where he was awarded a Masters Degree in Environmental Law. Kennedy has grown as an environmental globetrotter, working on environmental issues across the Americas and aided several indigenous tribes in Canada and Latin America in successfully fronting for treaties that have seen their traditional homelands protected.
The father of two married Emily Ruth Black on April 3, 1982 in Bloomington, Indiana. They divorced on March 25, 1994, after which he married his present wife, Mary Richardson on April 15, 1994. They have four children. Besides family matters, Kennedy has also had a criminal record. In 1983, he was arrested in a Rapid City South Dakota Airport for heroin possession. Upon pleading guilty (a search of his carry-on bag uncovered 183 milligrams of the drug), Kennedy, then 29 years old, was sentenced to two years probation, periodic tests for drug use, treatment by joining Narcotics Anonymous, and 1,500 hours of community service by Presiding Judge Marshall P. Young. He served his sentence of 800 hours of community service volunteering for the Hudson River Foundation (now known as the Hudson Riverkeepers). In April 2001, Kennedy was arrested for trespassing at Camp Garcia, the United States Navy training facility on the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail. Criminal record aside, many people regard him as an environmental hero and a born environmentalist. Mr. Kennedy was named one of Time magazine’s “Heroes for the Planet” for his success helping River keeper lead the fight to restore the Hudson River. He is credited with leading the fight to protect New York City’s water supply. Mr. Kennedy has written several articles on environmental issues and published a number of books including the New York Times’ bestseller Crimes Against Nature (2004), The Riverkeepers (1997), and Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr: A Biography (1977) and two children’s books St Francis of Assisi (2005), American Heroes: Joshua Chamberlain and the American Civil War and Robert Smalls: The Boat Thief (2008).