The problem with this post is that each of these people, these incredible human beings, are deserving of more than a combined blog post. They are deserving of statues, epitaphs, volumes, and other tributes. But, today I will tell you who they are, when they lived, show you a photo, and provide a quote from each one. I hope you delve further into their contributions to humanity in general on your own time.
4. Edward Abbey
Born 1927 – Died 1989
Edward Abbey as an environmental advocate, policy critic, and a writer who could evoke emotions in a pair of socks.
“Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion.”
3. Julia Butterfly Hill
Born 1974 –
Julia Butterfly Hill is most well-known for her “sit in,” which was staged in the branches of a roughly 1500-year old Redwood tree. She stayed there for over two years. The tree still stands to this day. Her dedication and life of action truly astounds and inspires me.
“We live in a world full of problems, and we are the solutions to those problems.”
2. Henry David Thoreau
Born 1817 – Died 1862
Henry David Thoreau was a writer, an environmentalist, a political “activist,” and an advocate for the human spirit. His writings are extensive, and range from natural science to political philosophy.
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately…”
1. John Muir
Born 1838 – Died 1914
To me, John Muir represents the type of person I would have wished to be had I been born during his era. He was an adventurer. He was a writer. A poet. A preservationist. A man who looked at challenges and laughed. I’ve read many of his books, and I never tire of the way he describes nature, the way he views our interaction with it, and how he suggests policy and changes.
“The mountains are calling and I must go.”