John Muir: Americas First Environmentalist by Kathryn LaskyQuoting from John Muirs diaries, Kathryn Lasky tells the inspiring tale of one of Americas most dedicated environmentalists, aided by Stan Fellowss evocative, dramatic acrylic paintings.
From the meadows of Scotland to the farms of Wisconsin, from the swamps of Florida to the Alaskan tundra, John Muir loved the land. Born in 1838, he was a writer, a scholar, an inventor, a shepherd, a farmer, and an explorer, but above all, he was a naturalist. John Muir was particularly devoted to the high cliffs, waterfalls, and ancient giant sequoia trees that, through his careful influence, were set aside as the first national park in America - Yosemite. Here is the life story of the man who, moved by a commitment to wilderness everywhere, founded the Sierra Club in 1892, a conservation group that carries on his crucial work to this day.
John Muir – Environmental Hero
John Muir is one of the giants of the environmental movement. His powerful, writing about the wilderness helped to change the way people think about Nature. There is no doubt that his commitment and activism helped to lay the groundwork for the burgeoning environmental movement of today. John Muir was born in in the small seaside city of Dunbar, Scotland. His parents were devout Christians, and he had a strict religious upbringing.
Muir is credited with both the creation of the National Park System and the establishment of the Sierra Club. From an early age, Muir was fascinated by nature and was eager to learn about his environment. His family immigrated to America in and settled into farm life in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His family did not have enough money to send him to school, so after completing his daily farm chores, Muir spent his spare time teaching himself algebra and geometry. As he grew older, Muir became increasingly excited about what plants and nature could teach him. At university, Muir focused his studies on chemistry, geology and botany.
Who was John Muir?
Muir emigrated from Scotland with his family to a farm near Portage , Wisconsin, in - Any discussion of the history of environmental thought is incomplete without addressing the contributions of naturalist John Muir. He dedicated his life to preserving places like Yosemite, and his efforts were largely successful.
The John Muir Exhibit features the life and contributions of John Muir : naturalist, writer, conservationist, and founder of the Sierra Club. John Muir was America's most famous and influential naturalist and conservationist. He is one of California's most important historical personalities. As a wilderness explorer, he is renowned for his exciting adventures in California's Sierra Nevada, among Alaska's glaciers, and world wide travels in search of nature's beauty. As a writer, he taught the people of his time and ours the importance of experiencing and protecting our natural heritage. His words and deeds helped inspire President Theodore Roosevelt's innovative conservation programs, including establishing the first National Monuments by Presidential Proclamation, and Yosemite National Park by congressional action. In , John Muir and other supporters formed the Sierra Club "to make the mountains glad.
His tireless efforts to protect natural wonders such as Yosemite Valley demonstrated his undying love for the outdoors. John Muir was born on April 21, in the small rural town of Dunbar, Scotland. In , Muir and his family immigrated to Wisconsin to homestead. The great forests of Northern United States captivated him and fueled his desire to learn more. Muir later enrolled in courses in chemistry, geology, and botany at the University of Wisconsin. After his education, Muir began working in a factory inventing small machines and contraptions. However, a serious working accident in the factory left Muir temporarily blind.
John Muir was born April 21, , in Dunbar, Scotland. As early as , he urged the federal government to adopt a forest conservation policy through articles published in popular periodicals. In he founded the Sierra Club. He served as its first president, a position he held until his death in He was largely responsible for the establishment of Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks. Settling in Wisconsin, Muir contended with a rigid, punishing father who made his son memorize the Bible and maintain a demanding schedule. Yet the boy had a major inclination for learning and creativity, coming up with an array of inventions such as a horse feeder, a table saw, a wooden thermometer and a device that pushed the youngster out of bed in the early morning.