“We believe that in Teddy Roosevelt’s words, ‘The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased, and not impaired, in value.’ As trustees of the public trust, our generation may live off the interest of the land, but we must preserve the capital value for the next generation. Riverkeepers are emissaries for those future generations, as well as for the vulnerable members of the community who don’t always participate in the political process….. The bulk of the everyday citizen’s wealth is in nature, unspoiled landscapes, beaches and oceans and rivers to fish and swim, pure water to drink, and air to breathe. Our laws decree that all these things belong to the public. Our fight is against those who would use these things up.”
John Cronin and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr,. The Riverkeepers– Two Activists Fight to Reclaim the Environment as a Basic Human Right, 1997.