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What made traditional economies so radically different
and so very fundamentally dangerous to Western
economies were the traditional principles of prosperity
of Creation versus scarcity of resources, of sharing
and distribution versus accumulation and greed,
of kinship usage rights versus individual exclusive
ownership rights, and of sustainability versus
-- Rebecca Adamson
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. ~ Kofi
national competition over water resources has
prompted fears that water issues contain the seeds
of violent conflict. -- Kofi
There are genuinely sufficient resources in the
world to ensure that no one, nowhere, at no time,
should go hungry.
-- Ed Asner
The fact is that there is enough food in the world
for everyone. But tragically, much of the world's
food and land resources are tied up in producing
beef and other livestock--food for the well off--while
millions of children and adults suffer from malnutrition
-- Dr.Walden Bello
American fast food diet and the meat eating habits
of the wealthy around the world support a world
food system that diverts food resources from the
hungry. A diet higher in whole grains and legumes
and lower in beef and other meat is not just healthier
for ourselves but also contributes to changing
the world system that feeds some people and leaves
-- Dr.Walden Bello
is time for us to focus on the issues that bring
us together as a nation. Supporting parents' capacity
to raise their children with the love and resources
they need is simply the right thing to do.
-- Joan Blades
has been incurably growth-oriented and addicted
to everybody growing richer, even at the cost
of exhaustion of resources and pollution of the
an age when man has forgotten his origins and
is blind even to his most essential needs for
survival, water along with other resources has
become the victim of his indifference."
-- Rachel Carson
"Solid wastes" are the discarded leftovers of
our advanced consumer society. This growing mountain
of garbage and trash represents not only an attitude
of indifference toward valuable natural resources,
but also a serious economic and public health
problem. -- Jimmy
simply must balance our demand for energy with
our rapidly shrinking resources. By acting now
we can control our future instead of letting the
future control us. ~ Jimmy
this generation, ours, life is nuclear survival,
liberty is human rights, the pursuit of happiness
is a planet whose resources are devoted to the
physical and spiritual nourishment of its inhabitants.
~ Jimmy Carter
public resources go to the rich. The poor, if
they can survive in the labor market, fine. Otherwise,
they die. That's economics in a nutshell.
-- Noam Chomsky
any institution-factory, university, health center,
or whatever-there are a variety of interests that
ought to be represented in decision-making: the
work force itself, the community in which it is
located, users of its products or services, institutions
that compete for the same resources. These interests
should be directly represented in democratic structures
that displace and eliminate private ownership
of the means of production or resources, an anachronism
with no legitimacy. -- Noam
our modern world should be able to recapture this
power, the earth's natural resources and web of
life would not be irrevocably wasted within the
Twentieth century…..True democracy founded in neighborhoods
and reaching over the world become the realized
heaven on earth. And living peace, not just an interlude
between wars, would be born and would last through
-- John Collier
We must alert and organise the world's people
to pressure world leaders to take specific steps
to solve the two root causes of our environmental
crises - exploding population growth and wasteful
consumption of irreplaceable resources. Overconsumption
and overpopulation underlie every environmental
problem we face today.
believe that to meet the challenge of our times,
human beings will have to develop a greater sense
of universal responsibility. We must all learn to
work not just for our own self, family, or nation
but for the benefit of all humankind. Universal
responsibility is the key to human survival. It
is the best foundation for world peace, the equitable
use of natural resources, and through concern for
future generations, the proper care of the environment."
-- The Dalai
There's an aspect of human nature in which we
want to think we're better than somebody else.
They're a different color. They speak a different
language. They have a different name for the Creator.
Whatever it is, that makes it okay for me to hate
them, to try to get some of their land or some
of their resources.
~ John Denver
oil-based 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
~ Leonardo DiCaprio
We are all together in this, we are all together
in this single living ecosystem called planet
earth. As we learn how we fit into the greater
scheme of things, and begin to understand how
the system works, we can plan ahead, we can use
the resources responsibly, to show some respect
for this inheritance that goes back 4.6 billion
~ Sylvia Earle
natural resources are finite, increased consumption
must inevitably lead to depletion and scarcity."
-- Paul Ehrlich
earth will continue to regenerate its life sources
only as long as we and all the peoples of the world
do our part to conserve its natural resources. It
is a responsibility which every human being shares.
Through voluntary action, each of us can join in
building a productive land in harmony with nature."
~ Gerald Ford
Pollution is nothing but the resources we are
not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because
we've been ignorant of their value.
has the technology and resources to meet all its
energy needs while safeguarding the earth's climate.
The urgent question now is, 'Do we have the will?'
At least one city does, and I'm proud to live
~ Denis Hayes
have come to terms with the future. From this
day onward I will walk easy on the earth.
Plant trees. Kill no living things. Live in harmony
with all creatures.
I will restore the earth where I am. Use no more
of its resources than I need.
And listen, listen to what it is telling me.
-- M.J. Slim Hooey
is evident that the fortunes of the world's human
population, for better or for worse, are inextricably
interrelated with the use that is made of energy
-- M. King Hubbert
have stolen the public lands. They have grasped
all to themselves, and by their unprincipled greed
brought a crisis of unparalleled distress on forty
millions of people, who have natural resources to
feed, clothe and shelter the whole human race.
-- Denis Kearney
look forward confidently to the day when all who
work for a living will be one with no thought
to their separateness as Negroes, Jews, Italians
or any other distinctions. This will be the day
when we bring into full realization the American
dream -- a dream yet unfulfilled. A dream of equality
of opportunity, of privilege and property widely
distributed; a dream of a land where men will
not take necessities from the many to give luxuries
to the few; a dream of a land where men will not
argue that the color of a man's skin determines
the content of his character; a dream of a nation
where all our gifts and resources are held not
for ourselves alone, but as instruments of service
for the rest of humanity; the dream of a country
where every man will respect the dignity and worth
of the human personality.
once we concede that people do care about status,
it necessarily follows that the status competition
that makes people buy expensive consumer goods
in order to impress other people constitutes a
failure of the market economy - a failure as real
as traffic congestion, or pollution, or any other
activity in which the individual pursuit of self-interest
leads to a collectively bad outcome. Suppose that
we could somehow agree to stop competing over
who has the fanciest car; everyone could then
work a bit less, spend more time with their families,
and raise the sum total of human happiness. Or
to put it a bit differently, Americans (or at
least the top few percent of the income distribution)
have gotten into a sort of arms race of conspicuous
consumption that, like most arms races, consumes
huge quantities of resources yet in the end changes
achieve true sustainability, we must reduce our
'garbage index" - that which we permanently throw
away into the environment that will not be naturally
recycled for reuse - to near zero. Productive
activities must be organized as closed systems.
Minerals and other nonbiodegradable resources,
once taken from the ground, must become a part
of society's permanent capital stock and be recycled
in perpetuity. Organic materials may be disposed
into the natural ecosystems, but only in ways
that assure that they are absorbed back into the
natural production system.
-- David Korten
entrepreneurship needs to become a mass activity,
not just the domain of inspirational mavericks
... Entrepreneurship usually comes from teams,
not heroic individuals. Social entrepreneurs
thrive on interdependence, learning and borrowing
resources from the public and private sectors.”
-- Charles Leadbeater
when you have bad governance, of course, these
resources are destroyed: The forests are deforested,
there is illegal logging, there is soil erosion.
I got pulled deeper and deeper and saw how these
issues become linked to governance, to corruption,
~ Wangari Maathai
are living beyond our means. As a people we have
developed a life-style that is draining the earth
of its priceless and irreplaceable resources without
regard for the future of our children and people
all around the world.
-- Margaret Mead
are privileged to have the opportunity of contributing
to the achievement of the goal of the abolition
of war and its replacement by world law. I am confident
that we shall succeed in this great task; that the
world community will thereby be freed not only from
the suffering caused by war but also through the
better use of the earth's resources, of the discoveries
of scientists, and of the efforts of mankind, from
hunger, disease, illiteracy, and fear; and that
we shall in the course of time be enabled to build
a world characterized by economic, political, and
social justice for all human beings and a culture
worthy of man's intelligence.
-- Linus Pauling
I propose that there is another kind of power
based not on resources, things, or attributes,
but rooted in the social and cooperative relations
in which people are enmeshed by virtue of group
-- Frances Fox Piven
think the environment should be put in the category
of our national security. Defense of our resources
is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise
what is there to defend? ~ Robert
poisoned the air, the water, and the land. In
our passion to control nature, things have gone
out of control. Progress from now on has to mean
something different. We’re running out of resources
and we are running out of time." ~ Robert
is an efficiency parameter if we look at the whole
global civilization. It is not an efficient way
of meeting human needs if one billion people starve
while another billion have excess. It would be more
efficient to distribute resources so that at least
vital needs were met everywhere. Otherwise, for
example, if kids are starving somewhere, dad goes
out to slash and burn the rain forest to feed them
-- and so would I if my kids were dying. And this
kind of destruction is everyone's problem, because
we live in the same ecosphere."
-- Karl-Henrik Robert
throwing out of balance of the resources of nature
throws out of balance also the lives of men.
there is any one duty which more than another
we owe it to our children and our children's children
to perform at once, it is to save the forests
of this country, for they constitute the first
and most important element in the conservation
of the natural resources of this country.
function of our Government is to insure to all
its citizens, now and hereafter, their rights
to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
If we of this generation destroy the resources
from which our children would otherwise derive
their livelihood, we reduce the capacity of our
land to support a population, and so either degrade
the standard of living or deprive the coming generations
of their fight to life on this continent.
waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin
and exhaust the land instead of using it so as
to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining
in the days of our children the very prosperity
which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified
recognize the right and duty of this generation
to develop and use our natural resources, but
I do not recognize the right to waste them, or
to rob by wasteful use, the generations that come
often does a good job supporting communities:
the arts, universities, and scientific enterprises...
But that philosophy has rarely reached poor countries.
Even businesses that are enlightened in their
home bases see Africa, Latin America, and parts
of Asia as places to exploit natural resources
or use cheap labor.
-- Jeffrey Sachs
essence of Africa's crisis is fundamentally its
extreme poverty and therefore its inability to
mobilize out of its own resources even the barest
of minimum resources to address any of the public
health crises that Africa faces.
-- Jeffrey Sachs
"With the help of folks like you and me, Heifer
International tackles the problem of hunger one
family at a time with gifts of renewable resources
- farm animals that are ongoing sources of food
-- Susan Sarandon
since I had my first child I have been passionate
in my commitment to preserve our precious resources
for my children and their children’s children.
This is the obligation of all of us visiting this
planet for a limited time.
-- Kyra Sedgwick
of the wars and conflicts of the past and present
were fought over land and resources, but many
have been over religious differences. In this
past century, a global interfaith movement has
been growing, helping to raise consciousness about
the need for tolerance and understanding between
different cultures and religions. This movement
has helped highlight the common goals that most
religions share, such as the Golden Rule, which
is at the heart of nearly all religious traditions.
At the same time, many throughout the world are
discovering that 'spirituality' -- a deep connection
to a greater purpose for humanity -- is an important
driving force in their lives, even if they aren't
-- Robert Alan Silverstein
is the most basic of all resources. Civilizations grew
or withered depending on its availability."
-- Dr. Nathan W. Snyder
share our abundance and make our country stronger.
We can encourage programs that collect and distribute
excess prepared food to local organizations that
are helping the hungry in our own communities. We
can also support programs that supply commodities
to food banks. It's all part of committing our country's
wealth and resources to end childhood hunger.
-- John Travolta
land ethic for tomorrow should be as honest as
Thoreau's Walden, and as comprehensive as the
sensitive science of ecology. It should stress
the oneness of our resources and the live-and-help-live
logic of the great chain of life."
~ Stewart Udall
genetic resources are seldom 'raw materials';
they are the expression of the current wisdom
of farmers who have played a highly significant
role in the building up of the world's genetic
resource base... As is already happening in my
country, farmers and national genebanks in developing
countries can work together to preserve and expand
crop genetic diversity on behalf of all humanity."
~ Melaku Worede
capitalism is fair then unionism must be. If
men have a right to capitalize their ideas and
the resources of their country, then that implies
the right of men to capitalize their labor.
-- Frank Lloyd