Posted by: Marc Cappelletti | October 8, 2008

Where is John Muir When You Need Him?

After reading John Muir‘s Travels in Alaska, I can’t help but think that we need someone like him to instill an emotional and compelling link between the wellbeing of nature and that of our own. Tuning into the Republican Convention and watching as the masses chant “Drill, baby! Drill!” is quite possibly the most disheartening thing I’ve seen in my life. I can only assume that none of them have ever been awed by nature or inspired by our environment, especially that of Alaska. John Muir was. And he effectively communicated the power of our natural world to those in power including Teddy Roosevelt, who he took camping in Yosemite in order to secure backing to turn the wilderness area into a protected National Park.

As for Alaska, apparently it’s big enough and close enough to the lower 48 to lend credibility to a small town mayor and Governor, but distant enough to exploit its natural resources without remorse. Where is John Muir when you need him?


Face of the Glacier

Face of the Glacier by Marc Cappelletti

“Brought into right relationships with the wilderness, man would see that his appropriation of Earth’s resources beyond his personal needs would only bring imbalance and begat ultimate loss and poverty by all.” ~ John Muir



  1. I’m not sure even John Muir could get through to the Repugs. His evocative, poetic descriptions of nature are probably too “liberal” for them, they’d write him off as just another tree-hugger. These are the same people who believe we are living in the “end times” so there’s no need to preserve anything for the future.

  2. John Muir is the man.

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