John Muir (1838-1914)
"God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools."
John Muir was a leading figure in the preservation movement and co-founder of the Sierra Club. Muir's environmentalism was centered on a spiritual connection to nature. He believed it was in the cathedrals of nature where humanity could get closest to God. Through his work with the Sierra Club and with President Theodore Roosevelt, Muir fought hard to preserve western landscapes from the intervention of progress and was instrumental in preserving Yosemite, Sequoia, Grand Canyon and Mount Rainier as National Parks. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)