What is the most important environmental figure in history?



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    A lot of people would say John Muir because he really pioneered the environmental movement with his conservational activism. He started an interest in the environment where there otherwise might not have been. His letters, essays, and books telling of his adventures in nature, especially in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, have been read by millions. His activism helped to save the Yosemite Valley, Sequoia National Park and other wilderness areas. The Sierra Club, which he founded, is now one of the most important conservation organizations in the United States. One of the most well-known hiking trails in the US, the 211-mile John Muir Trail, was named in his honor. Other places named in his honor are Muir Woods National Monument, Muir Beach and Muir Glacier. In his later life, Muir devoted most of his time to the preservation of the Western forests. He petitioned the U.S. Congress for the National Park Bill that was passed in 1899, establishing both Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks. It was due to the spiritual quality and enthusiasm toward nature which he expressed in his writings that he was able to inspire his readers, including presidents and congressmen, to take action to help preserve large nature areas.

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    I would say it’s more symbolic than a person, and I would vote it’s the Tree.  It tends to be utilized the most in pictoral descriptions of environmentalism, and even religions have incorporated the Tree of Life.

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