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John Muir

John MuirA naturalist and conservationist for saving the wild1838-1914

Theodore Rossevelt and John Muir on a cliff in Yosemite National Park .

John muir is a scottish immigrant who immigrated to america with his family when he was aged 11 and lived in a Farm near Portage, Wisconsin. While his father worked for his family all day, Muir and his brother would go into the wood and observe the nature. He is also a great inventor for his shop where he worked after spending three years in University. But the injury on his eye caused by a slipping tool changed his life. When he recovered from the injury and saw the fields and woods, it reignites his passion to the nature. So he gave up his job and started exploring the landscapes and forests of Sierra Nevada and Yosemite which inspired him to help protect the masterpiece by nature.


John Muri in Yosemite Valley


From Indianapolis to Mexico, and Panama, John Muir settled in California attracted by Sierra Nevada and Yosemite. A series of articles written by Muir started his successful career as a writer. In the next ten years, he traveled to places around the world. When Muir came back to California he spent more time in writing. With more than 300 articles and few books that recounted his travels he elaborated his naturalist philosophy. Those articles drew attention to the damage of forests by sheep and cattle that lead the establishment of the Yosemite National Park along with other National Parks. His book Our National Parks even inspired President Theodore Roosevelt. In 1903, they laid the foundation of Roosevelt’s innovative and notable conservation programs.


Many of today's headlines have Muir to thank for his inspiration.Muir left school in 1864 and went to Sounthern Ontario to avoid the draft during the U.S. Civil war.A lot of places are named after him such as the Muir woods National Monument , the John Muir trail an Muir College.


Nature is always lovely, invincible, glad, whatever is done and suffered by her creatures. All scars she heals, whether in rocks or water or sky or hearts. - John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir, 1938Man must be made conscious of his origin as a child of Nature. Brought into right relationship with the wilderness he would see that he was not a separate entity endowed with a divine right to subdue his fellow creatures and destroy the common heritage, but rather an integral part of a harmonious whole. He would see that his appropriation of earth's resources beyond his personal needs would only bring imbalance and beget ultimate loss and poverty for all. - Son of the Wilderness: The Life of John Muir, 1945


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