What characterizes the environmental movement of the late 20th century?
It is a quality that we see in each of our Forces of Nature Elders: knowledge, courage, and the willingness to act. Their fights were never easy, but somehow they found a great strength within themselves. Our latest upload features three additional courageous individuals.
Connie Harvey as a young pregnant woman survived her leap into the Atlantic Ocean when she abandoned a sinking ship, but her life’s courage had only just begun. As a veteran Colorado journalist and rancher, she is known as an outspoken advocate for wilderness and land conservation. Ed Chaney, a fisheries biologist, was harassed and condemned by special interests, but this did not deter his fight to save threatened salmon habitat in the Pacific Northwest. Jack Ward Thomas, while the Director of the U.S. Forest Service in the midst of the spotted owl controversy, received death threats at night in his home. He couldn’t help but empathize with the stalker. Jack had the courage to face special interests and their threats to so that the spotted owl and other species found in old growth forests would be protected.
You can find our courageous elders by using our search boxes on the Gallery pages. Here is a shortcut to that playlist: Courage. Each of these elders are worthy of our admiration and appreciation. We hope you take a few minutes to listen to their stories.