There is a 300 mile stretch of the Colorado River that would no longer exist if not for the work of a conservationist and hero who we lost this week. Martin Litton, who waged and won countless other battles for conservation is credited as one of the inventors of modern environmental activism.
Laurel Morales of NPR provides a short homage to his life, well worth a listen if not only to be inspired by Litton’s voice and words:
When you compromise nature, nature gets compromised. It’s gone. It’s hurt. It’s injured. You gain nothing back ever.
Kenneth Bower of National Geographic gives a longer account in which he explains more in depth, Litton’s work, personality and principles.
He and a handful of others launched the environmental movement as we know it—or at least how we once knew it—as combative and to be reckoned with. "Passionate, original, tempestuous, stubborn, charming, obnoxious, courteous, inappropriate, dogged, fiery, and impossibly effective," says Barbara Boyle of the Sierra Club, summing up the man. So go the adjectives now bouncing around the country in Litton's wake, and in the emails of environmentalists who miss him already."
Martin Litton’s voice and actions will be missed, but his inflammatory spirit lives on!
Appreciation: Lessons From the Man Who Stopped Grand Canyon Dams via National Geographic