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AUTHOR: Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919)
QUOTATION: Here in the United States we turn our rivers and streams into sewers and dumping-grounds, we pollute the air, we destroy forests, and exterminate fishes, birds, and mammals—not to speak of vulgarizing charming landscapes with hideous advertisements. But at last it looks as if our people were awakening. Many leading men, Americans and Canadians, are doing all they can for the Conservation movement.
ATTRIBUTION: THEODORE ROOSEVELT, “Our Vanishing Wildlife,” Literary Essays (vol. 12 of The Works of Theodore Roosevelt, national ed.), chapter 46, p. 420 (1926). Originally appeared in The Outlook, January 25, 1913.
SUBJECTS: Conservation