Original Green Heroes
While there's been an environmental movement in the United States for a long time, many good people have been disconnected from that effort-  other things, like jobs and inexpensive goods, may have seemed more important- or maybe more urgent. 

Now, we're seeing a convergence- it's not just the people on the outer edges of our culture thinking and acting with the environment in mind, but also exemplary people in the mainstream, from every party and religion, income level and age and race.

Our Original Green Heroes are some of the people that have been far ahead of the curve- those who have questioned and investigated and researched and advocated on the way we interact with the environment to meet human needs, and how that impacts the kinds of  economic and social decisions we make. We'll keep adding more.  Their stories are really inspiring.



John Muir

"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything in the universe."

—John Muir
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Justice William O. Douglas

The river as plaintiff speaks for the ecological unit of life that is part of it."-

—William O. Douglas
U.S. Supreme Court Justice
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Rachel Carson

"It was a spring without voices. On the mornings that had once throbbed with the dawn chorus of scores of bird voices there was now no sound; only silence lay over the fields and woods and marsh."

From Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
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Roger Tory Peterson

"Birds are indicators of the environment. If they are in trouble, we know we’ll soon be in trouble."

–Roger Tory Peterson
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Edmund Muskie

"Ultimately our progress as a nation will be measured by how well we preserve and improve our own quality of life and that of future generations. "

—Sen. Ed  Muskie
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Arne Næss

"The right of all forms [of life] to live is a universal right which cannot be quantified. No single species of living being has more of this particular right to live and unfold than any other species."

-Arne Næss
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Vice-President Albert Gore

"Every individual should take responsibility for the earth."

—Former Vice President Al Gore
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Gaylord Nelson

“The economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment, not the other way around.”

—Sen. Gaylord Nelson
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Amory Lovins

“Many business leaders are asking fundamental questions about what business they’re in, why they are doing it and how it can be used as a means of healing human and natural communities.”

—Amory Lovins
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Russell Train

“To sit back and push this away and deal with it sometime down the road is dishonest and self-destructive.”

—Russell Train
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