More than four score and seven years ago Thoreau looked beyond what our fathers had brought forth on this continent and asks a transcendent question: What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on? A growing number of people see that the planet is less and less tolerable because its beauty -- and let 'beauty' epitomize all the things that make an environment excellent and the earth a rewarding place to live upon -- is being lost more and more rapidly. A slow growing number of politicians see that there will be no politics at all on a planet that becomes to degraded to support people any longer.


David R. Brower