Doc of the Day: Theodore Roosevelt’s “Conservation as a National Duty” Speech
On May 13, 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt gave a famous speech entitled Conservation as a National Duty at a White House conference of governors organized by Gifford Pinchot, chief of the U.S. Forest Service. “The natural resources of our country are in danger of exhaustion if we permit the old wasteful methods of exploiting them longer to continue,” the president warned attendees. Roosevelt’s speech is widely considered to be a seminal event in the American conservation movement. It brought environmental issues to public attention and spurred a flurry of conservation initiatives at the community, state, and federal levels.
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