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Green leader dies – Fired up Sierra Club

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David Brower, who inspired and led American environmentalists in the second half of the 20th century, died of cancer Sunday at his home in Berkeley, Calif., the San Francisco Examiner reported Nov. 6.

Brower, a militant, energetic, resourceful and media-savvy leader, was more responsible than anyone else for moving environmentalism onto America’s radar screen, the Examiner said.

He fought to preserve Earth’s wilderness areas and helped transform the  Sierra Club from an easy-going group of well-to-do, nonpolitical hikers into a powerful force on environmental issues.

His legacy includes Friends of the Earth, California League of Conservation Voters, Earth Island Institute and the Alliance for Sustainable Jobs and the Environment.

“America and the American wilderness would be a very different place today without David Brower,” Jay Watson, western regional director of The Wilderness Society, told the Examiner. “There would be less wilderness, more dams on our wild rivers and fewer people to care about our environment and willing to work to make a difference.”

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