- Born in Berkely, California in 1912, few people have had more influence on the popular environmental movement than David Brower. A veteran of the 10th Mountain Division in WWII and a skilled mountaineer, he became active in conservation in the fifties. Inspired by his belief that "we do not inherit the land from our fathers, we borrow it from our children," Brower led the successful fights to protect both Dinosaur National Park and Grand Canyon from proposed dams. He held many important positions including Executive Director of the Sierra Club, President of Friends of the Earth and the Earth Island Institute, and founder of the league of Conservation Voters. Brower helped create the modern conservation movement through the innovative use of the popular media and his successful attempts to garner large-scale popular support to protect "earth National Park." In 1971, author John McPhee made Brower the focus of his book, Encounters With the Ambdruid. Always an inspiration to conservation activists, Brower would end many of his talks with a quote from the poet Goethe: "Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it; boldness has genius, power and magic in it."
-- Easter Island Institute
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