A True Conservationist of Nature
By Saanvi Agarawal
Why are we protecting nature? Why have all the rainforests that were about to get destroyed not? This is because of a man named John Muir. Muir was born on April 21, 1838 in Dunbar. As a child, John Muir loved watching nature. As a teen, Muir spent his most of his life and time to exploring the beautiful wilderness.
When Muir spent his time exploring nature and traveling, he often wrote about the places he visited. In the old times, when cattle was grazed and there were farms, Muir noticed many problems. In fact, he noticed that a lot of trees were being cut down to build farmlands and places for the animals in most farms. This concerned Muir, because he knew that trees were important to animals and people. In fact, a paragraph about John Muir states, “Muir believed that nature should be conserved instead of being changed by human beings.”
Muir had a strong belief of conserving trees and the environment because otherwise it could create problems for everyone and because of his generous habit for the good of everyone, he wrote in articles and magazines and conveyed the message that trees should be conserved.
His hard work to protect nature have paid off because others started to listen. Later, he wrote a letter to the president of the country at the time; President Roosevelt. When the president visited Muir in California, Muir convinced the President that they should go camping to talk about conserving forests and trees. Admiring the young man’s love for nature, the President agreed. After the experience, the President set up 148 million acres of land for national parks and forests. For example, one of the parks is Yosemite National Park, the place that is featured on the back of the California quarter.
John Muir died after that, and though it has been quite a while since anyone heard about him, his efforts and work continue today, and people remember him. Other people will start to know about him soon because he really taught us to appreciate the value of forests and trees.
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Hi my name is Saanvi and I am the author of this blog. I am a very smart person and have many different interests. I have long hair. And TRUST me, that IS NOT how I look!