In this week’s edition of Earth Matters, we feature author and activist Kenneth Brower in his keynote address at the 9th Annual Gila River Festival. Son of the pioneering environmentalist, David Brower, Ken recounts the stories of his father’s many battles against dam building on the Colorado River and relays some words of wisdom to those engaged in current efforts to protect the Gila River. Visit gilaconservation.org for more information on how you can become involved in the efforts to Save The Gila.
Brower worked on many Sierra Club publications with his father, which increased public awareness of the nation’s wild places and the need to protect them. His most recent book, The Wildness Within: Remembering David Brower, honors his father on the centennial of his birth.
Brower writes for the Atlantic, Audubon, National Geographic, Paris Review, Smithsonian, Sierra, Islands, and many other magazines. His emphasis has been environmental issues and the natural world, and his fieldwork has taken him to all the continents. In addition to The Wildness Within, he is the author of The Starship and the Canoe, Wake of the Whale, A Song for Satawal, Realms of the Sea, The Winemaker’s Marsh, Freeing Keiko, and many others. He lives in Berkeley, California.
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Earth Matters / Ken Brower – Keynote Address at the Gila River Festival