Hetch Hetchy is a valley located in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. In 1890, John Muir, wrote an essay as an appeal to the U.S. government to halt its plans on damming the Tuolumne river. The essay would go on to become a seed of a movement. Politicians in San Fransisco wanted to flood the Hetch Hetchy Valley, to create a reservoir insuring a ready supply of water for the city. Muir surmised that Hetch Hetchy need not be flooded, that its natural beauty may even surpass that of the famous Yosemite Valley. Muir argued that there were other places further down river, where a reservoir could be built and a natural wonder would be saved. The fight over Hetch Hetchy became more than just a political joust over water, it became about one man standing up and giving nature a voice.
Paul Hawken, is a world-renowned environmentalist who tells a story about hope, and provides examples of how people across the world are finding each other and are banding together to realize their common goal of saving our planet. I have included Chapter 2 from Hawken`s 2007 book, Blessed Unrest.