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David R. Brower Dies At 88

[Earth Island Institute. November 6, 2000.]

Editors Note:

We would like to take a moment to remember David Brower, who died on November 5th, and was a major supporter of environmental causes worldwide, including Tibet.

In 1990, David Brower participated in the Bay Area Friends of Tibet (BAFOT)-sponsored "Endangered Tibet" conference in San Francisco which brought attention to the environmental degradation occurring in Tibet. Conference participants included nature photographer Galen Rowell; Nancy Nash from Buddhist Perception of Nature, Hong Kong; Sinologist, Orville Schell; Mr. Atisha from Dharamsala; John Ackerly from theInternational Campaign for Tibet(ICT) and many other Tibet environmental activists. This conference led to the writing of Tibet: Enduring Spirit Exploited Land as well as the publication of the "Endangered Tibet" materials on the Tibetan environment by International Campaign for Tibet (ICT).

As founder of Earth Island Institute, David Brower also supported theTibetan Plateau Project(TPP) whose mission is to promote the conservation of biodiversity and the sustainable development of mountain communities in the greater Tibetan Plateau region, which includes portions of Bhutan, China, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Tibet.

Below is a story about David Brower published by Earth Island Institute:

David R. Brower Dies At 88

Renowned Environmental Leader Was with Family in Berkeley

Submitted by Earth Island Institute

November 6, 2000

Click here for photos of David Brower.

San Francisco -- David R. Brower, recognized around the globe for his pioneering leadership in protecting the environment and wild places of the Earth, died on Sunday afternoon, November 5th, at his home in Berkeley, CA, surrounded by his family. Brower was 88 years old, and died from complications related to cancer.

"We have sadly lost the most inspirational leader of efforts to protect and restore the Earth," stated Dave Phillips, Executive Director of Earth Island Institute. He continued: "Dave Brower is a latter-day John Muir."

Brower's career ranged from climbing some of the Sierra's most formidable peaks, to successfully fighting to stop dams in Dinosaur National Monument and in Grand Canyon National Park, to leading environmentalists to re-think support of nuclear power, to being the first Executive Director of the Sierra Club and going on to found Friends of the Earth.

David Brower founded Earth Island Institute in 1982, an umbrella organization supporting and incubating innovative environmental projects around the world. Earth Island Institute, based in San Francisco, is the home of the Brower Fund and the Brower Youth Awards.

Among his other accomplishments, he led campaigns to establish nine new national parks and seashores including Point Reyes, the North Cascades, and the Redwoods, and helped gain passage of the Wilderness Act of 1964, which protects millions of acres of public lands in pristine condition. He created the genre of "exhibit format" books of exquisite outdoor photography, always tied to a conservation theme, and pioneered the practice of running full-page environmental campaign advertisements in newspapers. Many consider him the founder of the modern environmental movement, alongside John Muir and Rachel Carson.

Brower's insistence on taking bold stands for environmental protection and his leadership where others dared not go inspired several generations of activists. He was nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize, and received numerous awards throughout his life, including 1998's Blue Planet Award.

Brower's message on the current state of the Earth were at once dire and optimistic and are reflected in his favorite quotes. Of his own career he paraphrased CA Senator Tom Hayden: "All I have been able to do in my career is to slow the rate at which things get worse." But he urged environmentalists to heed the words of Goethe: "Anything you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it."

Brower is survived by his wife Anne Brower; his four children Kenneth Brower, Robert Brower, Barbara Brower, and John Brower; and his three grandchildren Anne Katherine Olsen, Rosemary Olsen, and David C. Brower.

Earth Island Institute is working with the Brower Family on the details for a memorial service. Donations to Dave's memory be made to the Brower Fund of Earth Island Institute, 300 Broadway, Suite 28, San Francisco, CA 94133; (415) 788-3666.

Click here for photos of David Brower.

Earth Island Institute is a nonprofit conservation and education organization, founded by David R. Brower in 1982. Among the many projects around the world sponsored by Earth Island is the Brower Project, housing Brower's papers and mementos of his many environmental campaigns, and Brower Youth Awards, given to young people who conserve, protect, and restore the Earth.

Background Materials Available: Still photos, video footage, and VNR of David Brower's are available upon request from Earth Island Institute (415) 788-3666. Further information is available on the Earth Island Institute website (http://www.earthisland.org).

Special Website: Please visit The Wildness Within, an official Brower website dubbed "An Inner-Space Journey to the Wilderness -- Origin of Life."

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