is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.
~ Ansel Adams
Let us be good stewards of the Earth we inherited. All of us have to share the
Earth's fragile ecosystems and precious resources, and each of us has a role to
play in preserving them. If we are to go on living together on this earth, we
must all be responsible for it. |
Nature does nothing uselessly.
In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous.
is a tax on the whole people.
~ Albert W. Atwood
"A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his
fathers but borrowed from his children."
American reading his Sunday paper in a state of lazy collapse is perhaps the most
perfect symbol of the triumph of quantity over quality.... Whole forests are being
ground into pulp daily to minister to our triviality.
~ Irving Babbitt
We are committed with our lives to building a different model and a different
future for humanity, the Earth, and other species. We have envisaged a moral alternative
to economic globalization and we will not rest until we see it realized.
-- Maude Barlow
No piecemeal solution is going to prevent the collapse of whole societies and
ecosystems ... a radical re-thinking of our values, priorities and political systems
problem of climate change is so large that it can't be solved by voluntary individual
responses. It requires an economy-wide solution, i.e. one that limits the total
carbon intake of the economy."
~ Peter Barnes
"The major problems in the
world are the result of the difference between how nature works and the way people
~ Gregory Bateson
is a deeply spiritual issue...Do we want to spend more time trying to care for
our fellow man or do we want to just pursue more virtual reality? That's the issue
before us.. and it's being played out in the world of the environment."
Ed Begley, Jr.
"Kids can help
the environment by riding a bike. Always wear a helmet of course and stay in the
bike lane. Take public transportation with your parents and your friends and see
if you like that. That’s a good way to get around. Start a home garden, be energy
efficient, turn off the lights and the water. All of those things are very good
for the environment and good for your pocketbook. "
was a Boy Scout, and scouting gave me an appreciation for nature and the outdoors
that set the stage for my career as an environmental activist. The other thing
would be growing up in Los Angeles-the smog capital of the world for quite a while."
~ Ed Begley, Jr.
two most abundant forms of power on earth are solar and wind, and they're getting
cheaper and cheaper…
"I can't imagine a right
more basic than the right to breathe clean air. We've debated for years how that
might be possible. Now that we know it is, will we have the courage and the conviction
to get there?"
"Kids can help the environment by riding a bike. Always wear a helmet of course
and stay in the bike lane. Take public transportation with your parents and your
friends and see if you like that. That’s a good way to get around. Start a home
garden, be energy efficient, turn off the lights and the water. All of those things
are very good for the environment and good for your pocketbook. "
"The natural world is the larger sacred community to which we belong. To be alienated
from this community is to become destitute in all that makes us human. To damage
this community is to diminish our own existence."
"To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate
hope of survival."
earth is what we all have in common.
do need a 'new economy,' but one that is founded on thrift and care, on saving
and conserving, not on excess and waste. An economy based on waste is inherently
and hopelessly violent, and war is its inevitable by-product. We need a peaceable
most unhappy thing about conservation is that it is never permanent. Save a priceless
woodland or an irreplaceable mountain today, and tomorrow it is threatened from
~ Hal Borland
We’re never going to have respectful and reverential relationships with the planet-
and sensible policies about what we put in the air, the soil, the water – if very
young children don’t begin learning about these things literally in their houses,
backyards, streets and schools. We need to have human beings who are oriented
that way from their earliest memories.”
Are we to regard the world of nature simply as a storehouse to be robbed for the
immediate benefit of man?
With laissez-faire and price atomic,
another kind of logic
we to regard the world of nature simply as a storehouse to be robbed for the immediate
benefit of man? ... Does man have any responsibility for the preservation of a
decent balance in nature, for the preservation of rare species, or even for the
indefinite continuance of his race?
land is sacred. These words are at the core of your being. The land is our mother,
the rivers our blood. Take our land away and we die. That is, the Indian in us
~ Mary Brave Bird
we go on as we are, we will destroy in the next century everything that the poets
have been singing about for the past two thousand years."
~ Fred Bodsworth
The ultimate test
of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.”
Our generation has inherited an incredibly beautiful world from our parents and
they from their parents. It is in our hands whether our children and their children
inherit the same world. We must not be the generation responsible for irreversibly
damaging the environment.
There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves,
that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet.
"The role of the market place is to be an instrument of environmental change and
policy making. We are all consumers with a great potential for change. Environmental
protection begins at home."
Brown, Former Director of the UN Environmental Program
children may save us if they are taught to care properly for the planet; but if
not, it may be back to the Ice Age or the caves from where we first emerged. Then
we'll have to view the universe above from a cold, dark place. No more jet skis,
nuclear weapons, plastic crap, broken pay phones, drugs, cars, waffle irons, or
television. Come to think of it, that might not be a bad idea.
~ Jimmy Buffet
Grassroots groups challenge the "business-as-usual" environmentalism that is generally
practiced by the more privileged wildlife-and conservation-oriented groups. The
focus of activists of color and their constituents reflects their life experiences
of social, economic, and political disenfranchisement.
“There is no level
playing field. Any time our society says that a powerful chemical company has
the same right as a low income family that's living next door, that playing field
is not level, is not fair.”
environmental revolution is taking shape in the United States. This revolution
has touched communities of color from New York to California and from Florida
to Alaska -- anywhere where African Americans, Latinos, Asians, Pacific Islanders,
and Native Americans live and comprise a majority of the population. Collectively,
these Americans represent the fastest growing segment of the population in the
United States. They are also the groups most at risk from environmental problems.
"We can use our scientific knowledge to improve and beautify the earth, or we
can use it to ...poison the air, corrupt the waters, blacken the face of the country,
and harass our souls with loud and discordant noises, [or]...we can use it to
mitigate or abolish all these things."
I go to nature to
be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.
teaches more than she preaches. There are no sermons in stones. It is easier to
get a spark out of a stone than a moral.
find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating;
to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter; to be thrilled by the
stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring - these
are some of the rewards of the simple life.
beautiful the leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.
~ John Burroughs
The World we
all share is given to us in trust. Every choice we make regarding the earth, air,
and water around us should be made with the objective of preserving it for all
generations to come.
-- August A. Bush III
Beautiful for smoggy skies, insecticided grain, For strip-mined mountain's majesty
above the asphalt plain. America, America, man sheds his waste on thee, And hides
the pines with billboard signs, from sea to oily sea.
~ George Carlin
Those who contemplate the beauty
of the earth find reserves of strengths that will endure as life lasts
The most alarming of all man's assaults upon the environment is the contamination
of air, earth, rivers, and sea with dangerous and even lethal materials.
~ Rachel Carson
lasting pleasures of contact with the natural world are not reserved for scientists
but are available to anyone who will place himself under the influence of earth,
sea and sky and their amazing life.
For the first time in the history of the world, every human being is now subjected
to contact with dangerous chemicals, from the moment of conception until death.
~ Rachel Carson
most alarming of all man's assaults upon the environment is the contamination
of air, earth, rivers, and sea with dangerous and even lethal materials. This
pollution is for the most part irrecoverable; the chain of evil it initiates not
only in the world that must support life but in living tissues is for the most
part irreversible. In this now universal contamination of the environment, chemicals
are the sinister and little-recognized partners of radiation in changing the very
nature of the world--the very nature of its life.
more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe,
the less taste we shall have for destruction."
Like music and art, love of
nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.
"I want to make it clear,if there is ever a conflict (between environmental quality
and economic growth), I will go for beauty, clean air, water, and landscape."
~ Jimmy Carter
will be the immediate test of our ability to unite this Nation, and it can also
be the standard around which we rally. On the battlefield of energy we can win
for our Nation a new confidence, and we can seize control again of our common
~ Jimmy Carter
the physical realities of our planet does not mean a dismal future of endless
sacrifice. In fact, acknowledging these realities is the first step in dealing
with them. We can meet the resource problems of the world -- water, food, minerals,
farmlands, forests, overpopulation, pollution -- if we tackle them with courage
Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully,
he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God.
~ George Washington
Look about you.
Take hold of the things that are here. Let them talk to you. You learn to talk
~ George Washington
is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise.
has been endowed with reason, with the power to create, so that he can add to
what he's been given. But up to now he hasn't been a creator, only a destroyer.
Forests keep disappearing, rivers dry up, wild life's become extinct, the climate's
ruined and the land grows poorer and uglier every day.
~ Anton Chekhov
"I have never believed we had to choose between either a clean and safe environment
or a growing economy. Protecting the health and safety of all Americans doesn’t
have to come at the expense of our economy’s bottom line. And creating thriving
companies and new jobs doesn’t have to come at the expense of the air we breathe,
the water we drink, the food we eat, or the natural landscape in which we live.
We can, and indeed must, have both."
of us have become Ecozombies, desensitized, environmental deadheads. On average,
society conditions us to spend over 95% of our time and 99.9% of our thinking
disconnected from nature. Nature's extreme absence in our lives leaves us abandoned
and wanting. We feel we never have enough. We greedily, destructively, consume
and, can't stop. Nature's loss in our psyche produces a hurt, hungering, void
within us that bullies us into our dilemmas."
~ Michael J. Cohen
As we gain
satisfaction from artificial substitutes for nature we forget that there is no
known substitute for Nature, the real thing and its eons of intelligent, life
supportive, experience. Each substitute we create falls short of nature's balanced
perfection, thus producing our pollution, garbage and relationship conflicts."
~ Michael J. Cohen
is connected to everything else. Everything must go somewhere. Nature knows best.
There is no such thing as a free lunch. If you don't put something in the ecology,
it's not there."
~ Barry Commoner
air, the water and the ground are free gifts to man and no one has the power to
portion them out in parcels. Man must drink and breathe and walk and therefore
each man has a right to his share of each."
~ James Fennimore Cooper
are no boundaries in the real Planet Earth. No United States, no Soviet Union,
no China, no Taiwan.... Rivers flow unimpeded across the swaths of continents.
The persistent tides -- the pulse of the sea -- do not discriminate; they push
against all the varied shores on Earth."
Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become
global garbage cans.
"Is it too late to prevent us from self-destructing? No, for we have the
capacity to design our own future, to take a lesson from living things around
us and bring our values and actions in line with ecological necessity. But we
must first realize that ecological and social and economic issues are all deeply
intertwined. There can be no solution to one without a solution to the others."
after the last tree has been cut down, only after the last river has been poisoned,
only after the last fish has been caught, only then will you find that money can
not be eaten.
~ Cree Indian Prophecy
go to sanctuaries to remember the things we hold most dear, the things we cherish
and love. And then--the great challenge--we return home seeking to enact this
wisdom as best we can in our daily lives."
~ William Cronon
I feel we are so blessed to live in a country where we enjoy so many rights that
other countries cannot even begin to imagine. However, it terrifies me that we
seem to have lost touch with our connection to the earth. I am concerned that
we have risen to such heights of arrogance in our refusal to acknowledge that
our earth is rapidly changing in ways that might affect us catastrophically but
instead, we hold steadfast to our belief that nothing can happen to us as a people.
"It is our collective and individual
responsibility to protect and nurture the global family, to support its weaker
members and to preserve and tend to the environment in which we all live."
~ Dalai Lama
"There is something fundamentally wrong with treating the earth as if it were
a business in liquidation."
all have an obligation as citizens of this earth to leave the world a healthier,
cleaner, and better place for our children and future generations.”
we really be so uncaring as a country to refuse to accept our responsibility for
global warming when the United States is the largest contributor to this problem?
It breaks my heart to read everyday of another environmental law that is being
chipped away, eroded by this Administration, and we’re not being provided with
incentives by Bush to cut back on our shameful waste of energy. My husband, Bruce,
wrote in one PSA that during World War II the government asked everyone to make
sacrifices for the common good. We must demand this of our Administration today
for we all have an obligation as citizens of this earth to leave the world a healthier,
cleaner, and better place for our children and future generations.”
I PLEDGE to live, work and act in a loving, respectful way towards this Earth
that I call home, and towards all who live upon it, every insect, animal, fish,
bird, plant, human and tree....
world is one in which the age-old risks of humankind - the drought, floods, communicable
diseases - are less of a problem than ever before. They have been replaced by
risks of humanity's own making - the unintended side-effects of beneficial technologies
and the intended effects of the technologies of war. Society must hope that the
world's ability to assess and manage risks will keep pace with its ability to
~ J. Clarence Davies
have become disengaged from nature and we need to reintroduce them to the pleasure
that it brings. If we do that they will care for it. Through the simple act of
planting a tree we can open their eyes to nature's beauty.
-- Dame Judi Dench
"Love the earth
as you would love yourself."
"No one person has to
do it all but if each one of us follow our heart and our own inclinations we will
find the small things that we can do to create a sustainable future and a healthy
We must set an example now and move environmentalism from being the philosophy
of a passionate minority ... to a way of life that automatically integrates ecology
into governmental policy and normal living standards.
We've been given
this gift, our planet, and we've found no other place in the universe that we
can inhabit. I want to do something to create radical change to help save it.
It's our responsibility.
we progress into the twenty-first century, anyone who considers themselves a realist
will have to make the environment a top priority.
planet's alarm is going off, and it is time to wake up
and take action!
~ Leonardo DiCaprio
society depends on non-renewable resources. It requires relentless probing into
vast reaches of pristine land, sacrificing vital bioregions, and irreplaceable
cultures. The possibility of catastrophic climate change is substantially increased
by the 40 million barrels of oil burned every day by vehicles. We must all move
shoulder to shoulder in a unified front to show this administration that the true
majority of people are willing to vote for a cleaner environment and won't back
urge individuals around the world to stand up, and ask local leaders, if they
haven't already, to pledge to purchase cleaner cars, build green facilities, and
buy green power like wind or solar energy. Our actions may determine if we become
a casualty in the war for a habitable planet for generations to come.
I was very young, biology, the diversity of life, was one of my main interests.
I know there's this image people have that I'm this spoiled, cocky punk of an
actor. Honestly, that's not who I am. I really care that so many species have
been wiped out, like genocide of entire races. I believe in the divine right of
all species to survive on this planet. So I decided I want to be active as an
environmentalist. I learned. I asked experts. I got active.
of plant oil as fuel may seem insignificant today. But such products can in time
become just as important as kerosene and these coal-tar-products of today."
~ Rudolf Diesel,
inventor of the diesel engine, which originally ran on peanut oil.
"In the end, we
conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand
only what we are taught."
~ Baba Dioum, Senegalese poet
most unhappy thing about conservation is that it is never permanent. If we save
a priceless woodland today, it is threatened from another quarter tomorrow."
~ Marjory Stoneman Douglas
I realized that
Eastern thought had somewhat more compassion for all living things. Man was a
form of life that in another reincarnation might possibly be a horsefly or a bird
of paradise or a deer. So a man of such a faith, looking at animals, might be
looking at old friends or ancestors. In the East the wilderness has no evil connotation;
it is thought of as an expression of the unity and harmony of the universe.
~ Justice William
concept of the public welfare is broad and inclusive ... the values it represents
are spiritual as well as physical, aesthetic as well as monetary. It is within
the power of the legislature to determine that the community should be beautiful
as well as healthy, spacious as well as clean, well balanced as well as carefully
William O. Douglas
shapes himself through decisions that shape his environment."
"The belief that we can manage the Earth and improve on Nature is probably the
ultimate expression of human conceit, but it has deep roots in the past and is
is not man the ecological crisis threatens to destroy but the quality of human
~ René Dubos
let us say, is like people packed in a automobile which is traveling downhill
without lights at a terrific speed and driven by a four-year-old child. The signposts
along the way are all marked "progress."
~ Lord Dunsany
great ecosystems are like complex tapestries - a million complicated threads,
interwoven, make up the whole picture. Nature can cope with small rents in the
fabric; it can even, after a time, cope with major disasters like floods, fires,
and earthquakes. What nature cannot cope with is the steady undermining of its
fabric by the activities of man."
~ Gerald Durrell
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