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John Muir

The Scotsman who saved America's wild places

Mary Colwell Jonathan Porritt Jonathan Porritt

288 pages
SPCK Group
John Muir is regarded as the 'father of America's national parks' and is a towering figure in the history of that country's involvement with ecology. Born into a harsh home in Dunbar, Scotland he would often escape to revel in the birds and wildlife of the area. When his father suddenly uprooted the family and moved to the United States, the oppression he associated with his childhood continued - and so did his involvement with the natural world. Despite the difficulty of his formative years Muir grew up to be a man of great joy - first an inventor and then an explorer, he found his haven in the mountains of Sierra Nevada. He was a fascinating character: on the one hand a recluse, who sought solitude, and on the other a passionate activist, determined to save the places he loved. A strong believer in both God and the essential goodness of humanity, he was the founder and first president of the Sierra Club. This wonderful memoir pays tribute to a giant of ecology and is essential reading for lovers of natural history.
Author Bio
Mary Colwell (Author)
Mary Colwell is an award winning TV, radio and internet producer, who makes programmes for the BBC and the independent sector, mainly on nature and the environment. She is also a presenter and public speaker, a feature writer for The Tablet and a consultant on the relationship between religion and the natural world. In the last 4 years, she has won 14 major broadcasting awards, including a Gold for the Best Internet Production in the Sony Radio Academy Awards.

Jonathan Porritt (Foreword by)
Sir Jonathon Porritt is an environmentalist and writer, a former Chair of the UK Ecology Party (now the Green Party) and a co-founder of Fprum for the Future.