Near Finny, Co Mayo
by Sheila Gallagher
John Seymour 1914-2004, environmentalist, activist, broadcaster, farmer, and a fun-loving man lived in Co. Wexford during his later years, and died in Wales in 2004 at the age of 90.
His motto was:
Thomas Berry (1914-2009) was a pioneering
"The basic mood of the
future might well be one of confidence in the
continuing revelation that takes place in and
through the Earth."
Arne Naess (1912-2009) was a Norwegian philosopher, whose doctrine of 'deep ecology' reflects his mystical reverence for mountains and the natural world. His philosophy promotes the idea that all life has intrinsic value and the right to flourish and thrive. For him all life is one, interdependent and interconnected.
Rachel Carson (1907-1964), writer, scientist, and ecologist, wrote Silent Spring in which she courageously spoke out against the chemical industry, reminding us that we are a vulnerable part of the natural world and are subject to the same damage as the rest of the ecosystem.
James Lovelock, (1919-) an English independent scientist, inventor, author, and originator of Gaia theory, is a world leader in the promotion of environmental awareness
"In our belief that all that
matters is humankind we foolishly forget how
much we depend upon all the other living things
The John Muir Trust
John Muir Trust, Scotland, is the leading wild land conservation charity in the UK, inspired by the work, spirit and legacy of Scottish-born naturalist, John Muir. The Trust was founded in 1983 and today (2013) the Trust has ownership of over 25,000 hectares of land with partnerships in a further 50,000 hectares.
John Muir (1838-1914) founded the Sierra Club, which is now one of the most important conservation organizations in the United States.
"How narrow we selfish conceited
creatures are in our sympathies! How blind to
the rights of all the rest of
by Sheila Gallagher
A poem by Eileen Coyne, Land Donor
As I sit on a sun-warmed rock and gaze
Here my Great Grandfather once stood to
Here I rest, the jaded city-dweller
~ Eileen Coyne