Share this Post:

unEARTHED. The Earthjustice Blog

'Remembering David Brower'

    SIGN-UP for our latest news and action alerts:
   Please leave this field empty

Facebook Fans

Related Blog Entries

by Trip Van Noppen:
In Memory of Fred Meyer

The Board of Trustees and staff of Earthjustice express our profound sorrow and deepest sympathies to the family for the loss of our great friend and ...

by Trip Van Noppen:
Remembering Nelson Mandela

Around the world, people are pausing to remember and honor Nelson Mandela, who passed away today. My memory is traveling in South Africa during apart...

by Terry Winckler:
Govt. Shuts Down Fishing, Birding, Hunting

(Editor's note: What does the federal government shutdown, starting today, mean to you? Tell us in the comments, and check out this news release from ...

Earthjustice on Twitter

View Tom Turner's blog posts
11 September 2012, 12:17 PM
Son of famed environmentalist fashions book of memories
Dave Brower was a legendary leader in the environmental movement. (Photo courtesy of Tom Turner)

David Brower was the most prominent, influential and controversial environmental leader of the second half of the 20th century. He was a visionary, a brilliant publicist, and also prickly and demanding. This and much more comes through clearly in a new book published by Heyday of Berkeley to celebrate Brower’s 100th birthday.

Alas, he isn’t here to celebrate it, having passed away in November 2000, two days before the election that gave us George W. Bush. Perhaps it’s a blessing that he didn’t have to live through that nightmare.

The book is 'The Wildness Within, Remembering David Brower,' a collection of 19 interviews conducted by Dave’s eldest son Ken. Those interviewed all worked closely with Dave Brower, were influenced by him, had their lives changed by him. These include the energy superstar Amory Lovins, the green entrepreneur and author Paul Hawken, the adman Jerry Mander, the steady-state economist Richard Norgaard, former California resources secretary Huey Johnson, former San Francisco Chronicle reporter Hal Gilliam, Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, nuclear reactor slayer David Pesonen, Stanford biologist Paul Ehrlich, and several others (including me).

Ken writes long setup pieces before the interview transcripts begin, which makes this not only a portrait of his father but also a series of thumbnail sketches of these individuals who worked so closely with Dave Brower. There’s much to entertain here, and much to contemplate. As Kirkus Reviews said, it’s “a worthy tribute and a good lesson on the conservation movement.”

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <p> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <blockquote>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

More information about formatting options

Type the characters you see in this picture. (verify using audio)
Type the characters you see in the picture above; if you can't read them, submit the form and a new image will be generated. Not case sensitive.