Friday 21 April 2017

John Muir Day

                     "Do something for wildness and make the mountains glad."  John Muir

Today is the 179th anniversary of the birth of John Muir, naturalist, conservationist, mountaineer, writer, and campaigner. Muir revelled in the beauty and glory of wild places and turned his feelings into a series of books designed to help preserve the places he loved. 

There are many events marking John Muir Day. But Muir’s legacy shouldn’t be celebrated on just one day. He founded the Sierra Club, today the USA’s leading environmental organisation, and spent many years campaigning for nature. I think the best way to celebrate his birth, life and work is to continue the struggle for the wild by joining and supporting organisations like the John Muir Trust (half price membership for the next few days!). 

The Merced River, Yosemite Valley

With increasing threats to wild land and nature both home and abroad we need Muir’s words and example more than ever. 

You can read more about John Muir here.

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