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3 Significant Contributors to U.S. Environmental Literature

From environmental essays and natural reflections to printed discord for pollution yielding commercial regimes, many works have underwritten a strong movement for reverting back to nature.

While the following are only a few of the countless, their works were fundamental during their time in shaping proactive attitudes toward ecology and conservation, and their rooted-in-nature concepts are still relevant today.

Nature, in its ministry to man, is not only the material, but is also the process and the result.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

3 Significant Contributors to U.S. Environmental Literature

Known for his thoughts and essays exploring the human relationship with nature, Emerson was a pioneer of the transcendental movement. His philosophy embodied the connectedness of man and universe, and called for true insight into the workings of the world. He believed that individuals should not resolve to skim only the surface of life, but should seek internal authenticity.

For an electronic compilation of his complete works, look at RWE.org.

I have a room all to myself; it is nature.

Henry David Thoreau

3 Significant Contributors to U.S. Environmental Literature

Thoreau was an insightful naturalist, transcendentalist, philosopher and authority-questioner. He was into simplicity and wrote an assortment of essays, poetry and reflective journals, many of which were saturated in environmentalist principles. He was also a close friend and colleague of Emerson. Holding the greatest regard for nature, his harmonically written works represent an organic, individualistic school of thought.

For a digital collection of his writings, check out Walden.org.

 The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.

Rachel Carson

3 Significant Contributors to U.S. Environmental Literature

Not often does an individual hold the skillful efficacy to fuel awareness for environmental issues and produce real change by inspiring individuals as well as regulatory agencies. Carson’s scientifically charged works focus on the danger of pesticides to human health and development, and caused much controversy with the industry. However, her research was validated and was a fundamental stimulus for the environmental movement as well as for creating positive shifts in the way toxins are formulated, used and disposed of.

To get an idea of Carson’s viewpoint concerning environmental pollutants, read her statement presented before the U.S. Congress in 1963.

Reading the works of others that have had an enduring ecological influence and have provoked substantial change is an engaging motivation.

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