have alleged that I have inspired many young people over the years, but
I say it was just the opposite."
~ David R. Brower
David Ross Brower, recognized internationally for his pioneering
leadership in protecting the environment and wild places of the Earth,
was born in Berkeley, California on July 1, 1912. A famous mountain
climber in the 1930s, he served in the legendary 10th Mountain Division
in World War II and went on to become the first Executive Director of
the Sierra Club. After over 60 years leading conservation campaigns,
he died at the age of 88 on November 5, 2000.
career ranged from stopping dams in Dinosaur National Monument and
Grand Canyon National Park, to exposing the dangers of nuclear power.
In 1982, Brower founded Earth Island Institute, an organization
that fosters and supports more than 40 innovative environmental
projects around the world. Based in Berkeley, Earth Island
Institute is the home of the Brower Fund and the Brower Youth Awards.
his many accomplishments, David Brower led campaigns to establish nine
new National Parks and Seashores including Cape Cod, North Cascades and
the Redwoods, and helped gain passage of the Wilderness Act of 1964
which protects millions of acres of public land. He created the genre
of "exhibit format" books of exquisite outdoor photography with a
conservation message and pioneered the use of full-page environmental
campaign advertisements in newspapers. Many consider him the founder
of the modern environmental movement, alongside John Muir and Rachel
Brower was a tireless public speaker, addressing
audiences everywhere from the United Nations to local high schools.
His inspirational message and bold visions inspired four generations of
people to action on behalf of the Earth. He was nominated three times
for the Nobel Peace Prize and received numerous awards throughout his
life, including the 1998 Blue Planet Prize in Japan.
message on the current state of the Earth was at once dire and
optimistic and is reflected in his favorite quotes. He urged
environmentalists to heed the words of the German poet Goethe,
"Anything you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it."