Re: NANFA-- John Muir: founder of Sierra Club
Robert Carillio (darterman_at_hotmail.com)
Thu, 14 Sep 2000 19:57:41 EDT
The Ohio Sierra club has fought many battles against the pro-ppolluting
community, and have been the watch dog eye on many water issues. I know of
several people who are members along with myself. I have seen these folks
devote countless hours volunteering on behalf of clean water issues. As a
matter of fact, if one reads the Sierra Clubs "ten commandments" what we can
do to curb urban sprawl, you will see that it is very "logical logic" and
that if more people abided by those suggestions, we would not have a lot of
the native fishes in the trouble they are in. A Sierra Club motto reads like
this.... "Not opposed to progress, rather, opposed to blind progress" I
know that sometimes there are a few who go way over the edge having the
media take interest, and making many look bad, but all in all, I thank the
"darter god" for the Sierra Club!!!
>From: Sajjad Lateef <sajjad_at_acm.org>
>Subject: NANFA-- John Muir: founder of Sierra Club
>Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2000 15:46:53 -0500 (CDT)
> I thought I would share the following piece I read in a recent
>NewsScan (an email listserve for News about Science and Technology). They
>usually run a short bio on some noteworthy person called the Honorary
>Subscriber. Now if they would only write about Rafinesque (what a cool
>name) and the others that Dave Neely mentioned ...
> Note that I am niether for nor against the Sierra Club - I just
>don't know enough about them to take sides.
>From newsscan_at_newsscan.com Thu Sep 14 15:40:02 2000
>HONORARY SUBSCRIBER: JOHN MUIR
> Today's Honorary Subscriber is John Muir (1838-1914), who in the
>course of a productive lifetime found occupation as a farmer, inventor,
>sheepherder, naturalist, explorer, writer and conservationist.
> Muir was born in Dunbar, Scotland, and emigrated with his family
>a farm in Wisconsin. Early on, he became a keen observer of the natural
>world and an inventive wood worker -- making award-winning wooden
>mechanisms, including clocks and a device timed to tip him out of bed
>before dawn. He attended the University of Wisconsin, but left after three
>years to travel the yet unspoiled lands of the northern United States and
>Canada, supporting himself by working at odd-jobs.
> In 1867 while temporarily blinded by a work-related accident, Muir
>resolved to commit himself upon recovery to the wandering life, where his
>eyes would feast on the natural beauty of the earth. His wanderlust first
>took him on a thousand-mile walk to the Gulf of Mexico, and from there he
>sailed to Cuba, and later to Panama. He crossed the Isthmus and sailed up
>the West Coast, landing in San Francisco in March 1868. From that moment
>on, though he would travel around the world, California became his home.
> It was California's Sierra Nevada and Yosemite that truly claimed
>him. He called the Sierra the Range of Light -- the most divinely beautiful
>of all mountain chains. He herded sheep through that first summer and made
>his home in Yosemite. Beginning in 1874, he wrote a series of articles
>entitled "Studies in the Sierra" that launched his successful writing
>career and brought him to public attention. Famous men of the time --
>Joseph LeConte, Asa Gray and Ralph Waldo Emerson -- made their way to the
>door of his pine cabin.
> In 1880 he married and settled down in Martinez, California, where
>he managed a successful family fruit ranch business. He continued to make
>time to travel, visiting Alaska (where he discovered Glacier Bay),
>Australia, South America, Africa, Europe, China and Japan.
> In later years he concentrated on his serious writing, publishing
>300 articles and 10 major books that recounted his travels, expounded his
>naturalist philosophy, and beckoned everyone to "Climb the mountains and
>get their good tidings." He drew attention to the devastation of mountain
>meadows and forests by sheep and cattle. In 1890, due in large part to his
>efforts, Congress created Yosemite National Park, followed later by the
>creation of Sequoia , Mount Rainier, Petrified Forest, and Grand Canyon
>national parks. Muir deservedly is often called the "Father of Our National
>Park System," and perhaps the crowning achievement of his life was the
>founding of the Sierra Club to "do something for wildness and make the
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