Dr. David Brower
An avid mountaineer and charismatic environmentalist, David Brower was as passionate about the terrain he traversed, as he was skilled at doing it. His life of service to the earth began in 1912, when he was born in Berkeley, California, and his tenacious and forward thinking environmentalism earned him, in many minds, the title "Father of the modern environmental movement." Nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize, his influence and passion were nearly unprecedented for his time, marked by progressive thought like encouraging environmentalists to examine their stance on nuclear power, and by utilizing the burgeoning media technologies to foster mass awareness of environmental issues. Successor of John Muir, the founder of The Sierra Club, Brower led the foundation to new heights, as it became the leading environmental membership organization. He then went on to establish and found networks and political action groups for the cause of the environment: Friends of the Earth, The John Muir Project, the League of Conservation Voters, and The Earth Island Institute. He also established 10 new national parks and seashores, and played a role in the clearance of the Wilderness act of 1964. Brower died in his Berkeley home in 2000 after eighty-eight years of zealous advocating, and invaluable articulation on urgent matters of the natural world. American society, and the Earth thank David Brower for his environmental activism.
"All technology should be assumed guilty until proven innocent."
"There is no business to be done on a dead planet."
"Calling David Brower an important environmental activist is like calling Hamlet an important member of the Danish royal court. Brower invented modern American environmental activism." -- John Nielsen, National Public Radio