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David Brower Activist

David Brower

An Environmental Activist

David Brower is fighting against many injustices such as anoxic water, climate change, energy conservation, desertification, habitat destruction, nuclear issues, reservoirs, resource dedpletion, toxins, and waste.

David Brower is an environmental activist who has fought to preserve many pieces of land in the US. He served as the first Executive Director of the Sierra Club, one of the nation's leading environmental membership organizations. Later he also founded Friends of the Earth and Earth Island Institute, a world wide network and an organization that helps other activist projects. He also co-founded League of Conservation Voters, the most influential environmental political action group in the US.

Is the minor convenience of allowing the present generation the luxury of doubling its energy consumption every 10 years worth the major hazard of exposing the next 20,000 generations to this lethal waste? -David Brower

David Bower fought succesfully to stop dams being built in many places such as Dinosaur National Park and The Grand Canyon. He also led many campaigns and established 10 new national parks and seashores. He also played a huge part in gaining passage to The Wilderness Act of 1964 which protects millions of acres of wilderness.

When Brower was eight his mother lost her sight, and he took her on walks around Grizzly Peak in the Berkeley Hills. "Looking for someone else sharpened my appreciation of the beauty in natural things," he said. As a young man, Brower developed a keen interest in butterflies and became an expert lepidopterist. It was while watching butterflies emerge from their chrysalises that he learned that one should never interfere with nature. seeing that the butterflies were having a hard time emerging, he widenned the coccoon himself. That prevented fluid from going into their wings, which "stayed shriveled, and "the poor things began running around helplessly until they died; freeing them, I had denied them their freedom." Brower never did graduate from college. He attended UC-Berkeley for two years after his graduation at 16 from Berkeley High School. Then 1933, during a long backpacking trip through the Sierra Nevada, that Brower found his true vocation as a mountaineer and all-around wilderness man. He also joined the Sierra Club.

The fight to preserve the world we live in in never ending, yet necessary and requires the effort of every person to insure that our posterity can enjoy the benefits that this world has given to us.




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