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(left to right, above: Thoreau; Walden, or Life in the Woods by Thoreau; Walden Pond State Reservation)

"Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it." -Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

-Writer, philosopher, naturalist
-One of first Americans who called attention to environmental preservation
-Called for a connection between humans and nature
-Lived at Walden Pond in Massachusetts from July 1845 to September 1847, where he found the idea to write his book Walden, which helped inspire respect and awareness for the environment
-Now Walden Pond is a National Historic Landmark and is considered the birthplace of the conservation movement

Inspired:

-“The Walden Woods Project” - a nonprofit organization committed to preserving the land, literature, and legacy of Henry David Thoreau through conservation, education, research and advocacy
-The Thoreau Institute - focuses on Henry David Thoreau’s literary achievements, philosophy and his influence on the environmental and social movements of the 20th and 21st centuries
-Walden Pond State Reservation (Massachusetts) - includes 462 acres of protected open space so that visitors from near and far may come to experience the pond that inspired Thoreau


Resources:
http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/walden/
http://thoreauscholar.org/foundation/index.html
http://www.walden.org/


Author: Kelsey Parkinson