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Sierra Club Mourns

Death of David Brower

     November 6, 2000           Allen Mattison, 202-675-7903


     SAN FRANCISCO -- The Sierra Club today mourns the death of David
     Brower, who shaped the face of the modern environmental movement and
     helped guide the Club's rise to national prominence.  Brower died
     Sunday night at his home in Berkeley, California, at the age of 88.

     Brower, a Sierra Club member since 1933, served as the Club's first
     executive director, a position he held from 1952 through 1969.  During
     his tenure as executive director, the organization's membership rose
     from 2,000 to 77,000 members.  The Club's membership elected him to
     three-year terms on the Board of Directors in 1941, 1983, 1986, 1995
     and 1998.

     "The world has lost a pioneer of modern environmentalism," said the
     Sierra Club's president, Dr. Robert Cox.  "Like the California redwoods
     he cherished, David towered above the environmental movement and
     inspired us to protect our planet.  If not for David's leadership, the
     Grand Canyon could well have been dammed -- but he led the fight tooth
     and nail to preserve that awesome treasure.  His colleagues at the
     Sierra Club are deeply saddened by his death.  We will miss the
     Archdruid for both his vision and his courage.

     "In the last decades of his life, David's passion became restoring the
     earth from the damage people had wrought," Cox continued.  "David
     spread the gospel of what he called `Global CPR' -- the need for
     conservation, preservation and restoration to repair our world.  As a
     new generation of environmentalists picks up David's mantle and
     practices what he preached, restoration well may become David's
     greatest and longest-lasting legacy."

     "David's passion for protecting wild lands and living sustainably
     drove him to blaze a new trail for the environmental movement," said
     Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope.  "Today's environmental
     movement and landscape have been, in large part, shaped by David's
     energy, ideas and leadership.  Because of his unrelenting efforts, our
     families can explore and enjoy wildlands from the California coast to
     Alaska to Cape Cod in their most spectacular, pristine beauty.
     David's vision also helped environmentalists embrace the concept of
     living sustainably, within the earth's capacity to provide for us.
     From family planning to ending commercial logging on public lands,
     David's efforts to promote sustainability have made people think
     deeply about the long-term consequences of their behaviors."

     Perhaps Brower's best-known accomplishment was his success during the
     1960s in leading a Sierra Club campaign to block two hydroelectric
     dams proposed for the Grand Canyon.  Brower took out full-page ads in
     the New York Times equating the proposal to flooding the Sistine
     Chapel.  He also led Sierra Club efforts to pass the Wilderness Act,
     halt dam construction in Dinosaur National Monument, and create Kings
     Canyon, North Cascades and Redwoods National Parks and Point Reyes and
     Cape Cod National Seashores.

     An avid mountain climber and skier, Brower served in the 10th Mountain
     Division during World War II and pioneered 70 first-ascents in an
     outdoor adventure career that took him around the globe.  In addition
     to leading the Sierra Club, Brower was nominated for the Nobel Peace
     Prize three times, and he founded the Sierra Club Foundation, League
     of Conservation Voters, Friends of the Earth and the Earth Island
     Institute.  Through Sierra Club Books, Brower also launched the genre
     of large-format conservation photo books to heighten public awareness
     of wildlands, bringing images of America's landscapes and a strong
     conservation ethic into people's homes.

     The Sierra Club is the nation's oldest and largest grassroots
     environmental organization, with over 600,000 members nationwide.

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