A Proponent of Activism
Henry David Thoreau, the 19th Century American writer, poet, and philosopher, is also considered one of the founding members of the US environmental movement. He wrote much about the need to connect with nature and adhere to higher principals of justice and equality. In so doing, he also advocated civil disobedience and activism. As he described, “Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.” This implies that to be good is to demonstrate it through action.