Tuesday, April 21, 2015


The conservationist movement reflects the legacy of John Muir. It is Muir who founded the Sierra Club as well as being instrumental in his advocacy of the national park system which we have today. However, Muir was conservative in his political beliefs, one might even go so far as to say he saw racial conservation as an important component of environmental conservation. That has infuriated many in the liberal community as well as the lack of non-white participation in the whole ecology-conservationist movement.

Jan Christensen, a historian with UCLA's Institute of Environmental and Sustainability is one of his foremost critics. Consider the following quote from Christensen;

" The conservationist movement of John Muir and its influence on a certain demographic- older and white- is a problem."

                                                                JOHN MUIR

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