Green!  . . . by ALL MEANS 

John Brower

from the David R. Brower Archive ®

 
Mr. Brower, executive director of the Sierra Club since 1952 and active conservationist for more than thirty years, has a notable climbing and ski-mountaineering record, helped give mountain training to five divisions, and is a Major in the Infantry Reserve, retired. He has been chairman of the Natural Resources Council of America and he proposed the national Outdoor Recreation Resources Review.

 

 

 

 

EARTH WEEK SPECIAL

Conservation in the Classroom

by David R. Brower

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DAVID BROWER wrote this article at my request for the December1961 issue of the CTA Journal (circulation 124,000). I edit the magazine for California teachers; I am also a Sierra Club member and my hobby is wilmac press, my home print shop. So I borrowed the type-metal and printed 500 of these booklets, hoping that, even in this pitifully small way, I may add a bit to Mr. Brower's audience, that his important message may be widely heard and appreciated.

J. Wilson McKenney

  

Conservation in the Classroom

LAST MONTH I was asked to look over a manuscript for a book on forests which was to be sold to schools. It took about two minutes to see it for what it was -- the forest industry's conception of a forest and how it should be cut. It was an out and out special interest message, and it was no surprise to learn that lead work in its preparation had been done by a public-relations man for the forest products people.

The twelve pages of comments I appended to the manuscript must have horrified the publisher, but he took it in good spirits, and promised to try to incorporate some of it. He even asked if I would like to do a children's book on forests!

Is it a children book on forests that is needed, or on a more general conservation subject? Is the market -- the teacher's library at home and in the classroom -- sated with "wise-use " conservation and devoid of the voice of ecological conscience -- the small thin voice stressing that we have other obligations than to use up our resources and turn our environment upside down?

In short, is all the emphasis on the use side of conservation, and not on the side of saving? Are we still where we were more than a half a century ago, when the Conservation movement got its name?

At the White House Conference for Governors called by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1908, Conservation became a political force. What inspired the Conference is beside the point -- except that T.R.'s short camping trip in Yosemite with John Muir may have had some influence. Muir was then in his eleventh year as president of the Sierra Club, which he had founded in 1892 to enlist public support in protesting the forest and other scenic features of the Sierra Nevada and mountain regions of the west.

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