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Press Release from California Assemblyman Robert J. Campbell Announcing John Muir Day

Press Release
1989 October 5
by Assemblyman Bob Campbell


Assemblyman Robert J. Campbell (D-Richmond) today announced that the governor signed Assembly Bill 476, which permanently establishes April 21st of each year as "John Muir Day."

"John Muir distinguished himself as a champion of the wilderness. Because of his efforts, generations of Californians have reveled in the glory of our national parks, such as Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks." said Campbell.

The congressional act which established the foundation of the park system we enjoy today came to fruition because of perseverance on the part of Muir and others.

Mr. Muir began his conservation efforts during the Industrial Revolution, when the social consciousness of America concentrated on the era's expansionist philosophies which would have led to the devastation of the natural environment. John Muir channeled some of the energy of the time into socially beneficial goals that worked toward preservation of the environment.

During his lifetime Muir became an accomplished writer, he served as the lifetime president of the world renowned Sierra Club, which he co founded, and he was named " Greatest Californian " by the California Historical Society in 1976. John Muir has more geographic namesakes in California than any other person.

"'John Muir Day' will be a time to honor a man who left an indelible mark on California and the world. It is very appropriate for the people of California to celebrate his legacy on the anniversary of his birth each year." said Campbell.

Other provisions of AB 476 encourage public schools and educational institutions to hold exercises about Muir and his contributions.

"The youth of today who will be charged with ensuring that a safe, natural environment exists for future generation need to realize the importance of successfully meeting the challenge. The State Department of Education has been cataloguing a number of very interesting activities which educators can use to deliver this message." remarked Campbell.

"John Muir Day" will be a permanent commemorative holiday on April 21st of each year designated by a proclamation by the governor, beginning in 1990.


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