John Muir

John Muir, a conservationist, preservationist, explorer, writer, inventor, farmer and naturalist is credited, along with Theodore Roosevelt, as being the father of our national parks system. He was also one of the founders of the Sierra Club, one of the largest conservation advocacy groups in the United States. Through his publications and other advocacy, Muir helped educate leaders, and the American public, about the need for preservation of wild lands and the animals that inhabit those areas. This advocacy initiated the conservation movement in the United States.

Social issues John Muir addressed:

  • Conservation / Land Preservation
  • Air Pollution
  • Animal welfare

Social issues that need to be addressed today:

  • Conservation / Land Preservation - About 235 million acres of federal wildlands have been permanently protected as wilderness, parks, refuges or other protected areas. But that’s only a third of our public lands. And about 100 million acres of pristine wildlands are still at risk. These wildlands could qualify for future protection, but the window of opportunity is closing fast. Source
  • Air Pollution - Global carbon emissions from fossil fuels have significantly increased since 1900. Emissions increased by over 16 times between 1900 and 2008 and by about 1.5 times between 1990 and 2008. Source
  • Pollution - Approximately 40% of the lakes in America are too polluted for fishing, aquatic life, or swimming. Additionally, Americans make up an estimated 5% of the world’s population. However, the US uses 25% of the world’s resources - burning up nearly 25% of the coal, 26% of the oil, and 27% of the world’s natural gas. Source
  • Animal Welfare - Extinction is a natural phenomenon, it occurs at a natural “background” rate of about one to five species per year. Scientists estimate we’re now losing species at 1,000 to 10,000 times the “background” rate, with dozens going extinct every day. Source