Teachers should acquaint students with the first environmental activists
It’s time schools acquainted their students with the founders of modern geography – a quintet of remarkable naturalists who became environmental activists long before politicians climbed aboard the climate change bandwagon, argues Kevin Stannard
What do the following have in common? A one-armed American Civil War veteran, a Russian prince with a prison record, a German teenager taking a trip around the world on a converted coal freighter and a Prussian polymath who gave his name to currents, cacti and counties? Oh, and a French anarchist and anti-marriage naturist.
Between them, this unlikely quintet changed our view of the way people interact with the natural world. And for all their differences, they shared a commitment to understanding and educating the world that led them beyond ideas to action, often at great personal cost. At ...