Though he himself would have enjoyed and perhaps sanctioned the title of this article, it is somewhat exaggerated. We know of peoples whose respect for earth makes them models for us of the kinds of conceptualization of our natural resources that we must strengthen and propagate if we are to increase the probability that this planet will be hospitable and adequate to our descendants. Those people existed long before Roosevelt. Even in his own day others (whom Roosevelt would himself have pointed to) worked hard to alert their fellow humans to the dangers of resource waste, abuse and overuse. Nevertheless, one can logically deduce that Roosevelt may have done more than anyone else to begin the movement toward rational resource use, and toward common respect tinged with affection for the natural world.



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.