Why‘Friends of John Muir’s Birthplace’?
When Dunbar’s John Muir Association was formed in July 1994, it setout to create an organisation with its roots firmly in Dunbar but withmembership open to anyone anywhere with an interest in John Muir.The Association's objectives are:to advance the education of the public concerning John Muir, as theDunbar-born pioneer of world nature conservation, and his belief inthe unique and irreplaceable value of wild places and wild creaturesto implement John Muir's philosophy practically by conserving,restoring and enhancing landscape and wildlife in East Lothian andScotland.However, in the beginning, the ultimate goal was to create a JohnMuir Centre in Dunbar and considerable effort was put into achievingthis. After a number of set-backs, the house in which John Muir hadbeen born was purchased in 1998 and John Muir’s Birthplace wasopened to the public in August 2003.Since then DJMA has been pursuing its two stated objectives but, withthe opening of the Birthplace, we have become increasingly awarethat there is a new role to perform. Accordingly, members were askedat the AGM in October 2007 to approve a change of our name to
‘Friends of John Muir’s Birthplace’
and to add a further objective – “to support the ongoing work of the John Muir Birthplace Trust andthe staff of John Muir’s Birthplace”. Both were passed unanimously.So there has been a change of name and an additional focus, and weinvite ‘Friends’ old and new to help in any way they can – bysupporting events such as the forthcoming film night (see next page),by volunteering time to assist the staff in the Birthplace on anoccasional or regular basis or simply by declaring an interest bycontinuing/renewing/taking out membership of the ‘Friends’.
CELEBRATE JOHN MUIR’S BIRTHDAY ON 21 APRIL ANDWATCH AL GORE’S AWARD WINNING FILM
‘AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH’
“Humanity is sitting on a ticking time bomb. If the vast majority of the world's scientists are right, we have just ten years toavert a major catastrophe that could send our entire planet into a tail-spin of epic destruction involving extreme weather,floods, droughts, epidemics and killer heat waves beyond anything we have ever experienced.”
It sounds like a recipe for serious gloom and doom. Instead, itis from the publicity release for a remarkable and memorablefilm.
‘An Inconvenient Truth’
was released in May 2006 and,this year, won Oscars for best documentary feature and bestoriginal song, the first time for a documentary.
The filmfollows former American vice president Al Gore
s one-mancrusade to persuade the world to halt the progress of globalwarming.
Gore pulls no punches in explaining the diresituation, as he sees it, convinced that there is still time tomake a difference.
The film's distributor, Paramount, isdonating 5% of the box office receipts and Gore is donatingall of his proceeds from the film to The Alliance for ClimateProtection. To date it has grossed $50 million worldwide.
‘Friends’ are showing the film in Belhaven Parish Churchhall on Saturday 21 April.
All ‘Friends’ and friends arewelcome. Admission is by donation and, as a celebration of John Muir’s birthday on the same day, there will be ‘nibbles’and a glass of wine or a soft drink. The evening begins at6.30 pm, with
‘An Inconvenient Truth’
running from 7 pm. Itlasts for 94 minutes. So there will be time to discuss theissues it raises, or simply to enjoy the company.