Pin #107: Earth First

Pin #107: Earth First

Earth First! is a radical environmentalist organization that emerged in the great southwestern desert during the spring of 1980. Inspired by Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, Aldo Leopold's land ethic, and Edward Abbey's The Monkey Wrench Gang, a group of activists fed up with mainstream environmental organizations pledged "No Compromise in Defense of Mother Earth!". Environmental activist Dave Foreman, ex-Yippie (Youth International Party) Mike Roselle, Wyoming Wilderness Society representatives Bart Koehler and Howie Wolke and former Park Ranger Ron Kezar were traveling in Foreman's VW bus from the Pincate Desert in northern Mexico to Albuquerque. Provoked by what they considered a sell-out by mainstream enviros during the RARE II (the Forest Service's Roadless Area and Review Evaluation) meetings, the activists envisaged a revolutionary movement to set aside multi-million acre ecological preserves all across the United States.