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Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance. Theodore Roosevelt
Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.
-Theodore Roosevelt

 

Out of all those millions and millions of planets floating around there in space, this is our planet, this is our little one, so we just got to be aware of it and take care of it. Paul McCartney
Out of all those millions and millions of planets floating around there in space, this is our planet, this is our little one, so we just got to be aware of it and take care of it.
-Paul McCartney

 

You could cover the whole earth with asphalt but sooner or later green grass would break through. Ilya Ehrenburg
You could cover the whole earth with asphalt, but sooner or later green grass would break through.
-Ilya Ehrenburg

 

The most important thing about global warming is this. Whether humans are responsible for the bulk of climate change is going to be left to the scientists, but it's all of our responsibility to leave this planet in better shape for the future generations than we found it. Mike Huckabee
The most important thing about global warming is this. Whether humans are responsible for the bulk of climate change is going to be left to the scientists, but it’s all of our responsibility to leave this planet in better shape for the future generations than we found it.
-Mike Huckabee

 

As human beings, we are vulnerable to confusing the unprecedented with the improbable. In our everyday experience, if something has never happened before we are generally safe in assuming it is not going to happen in the future but the exceptions can kill you and climate change is one of those exceptions. Al Gore
As human beings, we are vulnerable to confusing the unprecedented with the improbable. In our everyday experience, if something has never happened before, we are generally safe in assuming it is not going to happen in the future, but the exceptions can kill you and climate change is one of those exceptions.
-Al Gore

 

Nature is regulating our climate for free. Mother Nature, she's been doing that for free, for a long, long time. Now do you really want to get in there and do geo-engineering and all this kind of stuff. Thomas Friedman
Nature is regulating our climate for free. Mother Nature, she's been doing that for free, for a long, long time. Now do you really want to get in there and do geo-engineering and all this kind of stuff.
-Thomas Friedman

 

The most effective way to save the threatened and decimated natural world is to cause people to fall in love with it again with its beauty and its reality. Peter Scott
The most effective way to save the threatened and decimated natural world is to cause people to fall in love with it again, with its beauty and its reality.
-Peter Scott

 

The threat to the planet is us. It's actually not a threat to the planet it's a threat to us. Margaret Atwood
The threat to the planet is us. It’s actually not a threat to the planet – it’s a threat to us.
-Margaret Atwood

 

There is no question that climate change is happening; the only arguable point is what part humans are playing in it. David Attenborough
There is no question that climate change is happening; the only arguable point is what part humans are playing in it.
-David Attenborough

 

A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people. Franklin D. Roosevelt
A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.
-Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

No one species shall make the life of the world its own. That's one expression of the law. Here's another The world was not made for any one species. Daniel Quinn
No one species shall make the life of the world its own.’ … That’s one expression of the law. Here’s another: ‘The world was not made for any one species.
-Daniel Quinn, Ishmael

 

we need to remind ourselves that natural systems are much more finely tuned than we think and if we like the way they currently work then we should try very, very hard to not screw with them. Rowan Jacobsen
…we need to remind ourselves that natural systems are much more finely tuned than we think, and if we like the way they currently work, then we should try very, very hard to not screw with them.
-Rowan Jacobsen

 

Today humanity faces a stark choice save the planet and ditch capitalism, or save capitalism and ditch the planet. Fawzi Ibrahim
Today humanity faces a stark choice: save the planet and ditch capitalism, or save capitalism and ditch the planet.
-Fawzi Ibrahim

 

The thing the ecologically illiterate don't realise about an ecosystem is that it's a system. A system! A system maintains a certain fluid stability that can be destroyed by a misstep in just one niche. A system has order flowing from point to point Frank Herbert
The thing the ecologically illiterate don’t realise about an ecosystem is that it’s a system. A system! A system maintains a certain fluid stability that can be destroyed by a misstep in just one niche. A system has order, flowing from point to point…
-Frank Herbert, Dune

 

What need does the earth have of us Pope Francis
What need does the earth have of us?
-Pope Francis

 

Modern technology owes ecology an apology. Alan M. Eddison
Modern technology owes ecology an apology.
-Alan M. Eddison

 

I 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 Redford
I 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 Redford

 

There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew. Marshall McLuhan
There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew.
-Marshall McLuhan

 

Whatever befalls the earth, befalls the people of the earth. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Chief Seattle
Whatever befalls the earth, befalls the people of the earth. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it.
-Chief Seattle

 

Some people hear the voice of God in their dreams or through prayer or meditation. For me God is truly in the details the details found in the connections between the living things on the planet all working together to maintain the atmosphere and the soil. Timothy Goodwin
Some people hear the voice of God in their dreams or through prayer or meditation. For me, God is truly in the details—the details found in the connections between the living things on the planet all working together to maintain the atmosphere and the soil.
-Timothy Goodwin

 

When the soil disappears the soul disappears. Ymber Delecto
When the soil disappears, the soul disappears.
-Ymber Delecto

 

What is the use of a house if you don't have a decent planet to put it on Henry David Thoreau
What is the use of a house if you don’t have a decent planet to put it on?
-Henry David Thoreau

 

The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction. Rachel Carson
The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.
-Rachel Carson

 

Sustainability is about ecology, economy and equity. Ralph Bicknese
Sustainability is about ecology, economy and equity.
-Ralph Bicknese

 

Nature provides a free lunch but only if we control our appetites. William Ruckelshaus
Nature provides a free lunch, but only if we control our appetites.
-William Ruckelshaus

 

By the time we see that climate change is really bad, your ability to fix it is extremely limited The carbon gets up there, but the heating effect is delayed. And then the effect of that heat on the species and ecosystem is delayed. That means that even when you turn virtuous things are actually going to get worse for quite a while. Bill Gates
By the time we see that climate change is really bad, your ability to fix it is extremely limited… The carbon gets up there, but the heating effect is delayed. And then the effect of that heat on the species and ecosystem is delayed. That means that even…
-Bill Gates

 

One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds. Much of the damage inflicted on land is quite invisible to laymen. An ecologist must either harden his shell and make believe that the consequences of science are none of his business, or he must be the doctor who sees the marks of death in a community that believes itself well and does not want to be told otherwise. Aldo Leopold
One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds. Much of the damage inflicted on land is quite invisible to laymen. An ecologist must either harden his shell and make believe that the consequences of science are none of his business, or he must be the doctor who sees the marks of death in a community that believes itself…
-Aldo Leopold

 

We really need to kick the carbon habit and stop making our energy from burning things. Climate change is also really important. You can wreck one rainforest then move drain one area of resources and move onto another but climate change is global. David Attenborough
We really need to kick the carbon habit and stop making our energy from burning things. Climate change is also really important. You can wreck one rainforest then move, drain one area of resources and move onto another, but climate change is global.
-David Attenborough

 

Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed if we permit the last virgin forests to be turned into comic books and plastic cigarette cases if we drive the few remaining members of the wild species into zoos or to extinction if we pollute the last clear air and dirty the last clean streams and push our paved roads through the last of the silence so that never again will Americans be free in their own country from the noise the exhausts the stinks of human and automotive waste. Wallace Stegner
Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed; if we permit the last virgin forests to be turned into comic books and plastic cigarette cases; if we drive the few remaining members of the wild species…
-Wallace Stegner

 

For a successful technology reality must take precedence over public relations for Nature cannot be fooled. Richard P. Feynman
For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.
-Richard P. Feynman

 

Don't blow it good planets are hard to find.
Don’t blow it – good planets are hard to find.

 

In the sixties, you could always insult a guy by calling him plastic. It meant he was phony or superficial. The opposite of plastic was real. -Elizabeth Royte
In the sixties, you could always insult a guy by calling him ‘plastic.’ It meant he was phony or superficial. The opposite of plastic was ‘real.’
-Elizabeth Royte

 

It is the safest of times, it is the riskiest of times.... What the Dickens is going on here Denton Morrison, on chemicals, technology, and risk, quoted in National Academy of Sciences
It is the safest of times, it is the riskiest of times…. What the Dickens is going on here?
-Denton Morrison

 

We must not be forced to explore the universe in search of a new home because we have made the Earth inhospitable, even uninhabitable. For if we do not solve the environmental and related social problems that beset us on Earth - pollution, toxic contamination, resource depletion, prejudice, poverty, hunger - those problems will surely accompany us to other worlds. -Donald G. Kaufman and Cecilia M. Franz
We must not be forced to explore the universe in search of a new home because we have made the Earth inhospitable, even uninhabitable. For if we do not solve the environmental and related social problems that beset us on Earth…
-Donald G. Kaufman and Cecilia M. Franz

 

The struggle to save the global environment is in one way much more difficult than the struggle to vanquish Hitler, for this time the war is with ourselves. We are the enemy, just as we have only ourselves as allies. Al Gore
The struggle to save the global environment is in one way much more difficult than the struggle to vanquish Hitler, for this time the war is with ourselves. We are the enemy, just as we have only ourselves as allies.
-Al Gore

 

We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive. Albert Einstein
We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.
-Albert Einstein

 

Living sustainably isnt a hippie thing its a survival thing. Killing the earth is killing ourselves.
Living sustainably isn’t a hippie thing it’s a survival thing. Killing Earth = Killing Ourselves.

 

Four Laws of Ecology  Everything is connected to everything else Everything must go somewhere Nature knows best Nothing comes from nothing -Barry Commoner
Four Laws of Ecology
Everything is connected to everything else
Everything must go somewhere
Nature knows best
Nothing comes from nothing
-Barry Commoner

 

Let us be good stewards of the Earth we inherited. All of us have to share the Earths 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 Annan
Let us be good stewards of the Earth we inherited. All of us have to share the Earths 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 Annan

 

Human use, population, and technology have reached that certain stage where mother Earth no longer accepts our presence with silence.
Human use, population, and technology have reached that certain stage where mother Earth no longer accepts our presence with silence.
-The Dalai Lama

 

If we can teach people about wildlife they will be touched. Share my wildlife with me. Because humans want to save things that they love. Steve Irwin
If we can teach people about wildlife, they will be touched. Share my wildlife with me. Because humans want to save things that they love.
-Steve Irwin

 

The problem is not that there is a lack of money, food, water, or land. The problem is we've given control of these resources to psychopaths. Gavin Nasciment
The problem is not that there is a lack of money, food, water, or land. The problem is we’ve given control of these resources to psychopaths.
-Gavin Nasciment

 

It has been proved that the land can exist without the country and be better for it it has not been proved that the country can live without the land. Alice Walker
It has been proved that the land can exist without the country – and be better for it; it has not been proved that the country can live without the land.
-Alice Walker

 

We should honor Mother Earth with gratitude; otherwise our spirituality may become hypocritical. Radhanath Swami
We should honor Mother Earth with gratitude; otherwise our spirituality may become hypocritical.
-Radhanath Swami

 

There must be a reason why some people can afford to live well. They must have worked for it. I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use. Mother Teresa
There must be a reason why some people can afford to live well. They must have worked for it. I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use.
-Mother Teresa

 

We won't have a society if we destroy the environment. Margaret Mead
We won’t have a society if we destroy the environment.
-Margaret Mead

 

The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share. Lady Bird Johnson
The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.
-Lady Bird Johnson

 

It wasn't the Exxon Valdez captain's driving that caused the Alaskan oil spill. It was yours. Greenpeace
It wasn’t the Exxon Valdez captain’s driving that caused the Alaskan oil spill. It was yours.
-Greenpeace advertisement

 

Sooner or later, we will have to recognise that the Earth has rights, too, to live without pollution. What mankind must know is that human beings cannot live without Mother Earth, but the planet can live without humans. Evo Morales
Sooner or later, we will have to recognize that the Earth has rights, too, to live without pollution. What mankind must know is that human beings cannot live without Mother Earth, but the planet can live without humans.
-Evo Morales

 

We have forgotten how to be good guests how to walk lightly on the earth as its other creatures do. Barbara Ward
We have forgotten how to be good guests, how to walk lightly on the earth as its other creatures do.
-Barbara Ward

 

We are aware only of the empty space in the forest, which only yesterday was filled with trees. Anna Freud
We are aware only of the empty space in the forest, which only yesterday was filled with trees.
-Anna Freud

 

Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man. Stewart Udall
Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man.
-Stewart Udall

 

The proper use of science is not to conquer nature but to live in it. Barry Commoner
The proper use of science is not to conquer nature but to live in it.
-Barry Commoner

 

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors we borrow it from our children. Native American Proverb
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.
-Native American Proverb

 

Climate change does not respect border; it does not respect who you are - rich and poor, small and big. Therefore this is what we call global challenges which require global solidarity. Ban Ki-moon
Climate change does not respect border; it does not respect who you are – rich and poor, small and big. Therefore, this is what we call global challenges which require global solidarity.
-Ban Ki-moon

 

No one is an environmentalist by birth. It is only your path your life your travels that awaken you. Yann Arthus-Bertrand
No one is an environmentalist by birth. It is only your path, your life, your travels that awaken you.
-Yann Arthus-Bertrand

 

On climate change, we often don't fully appreciate that it is a problem. We think it is a problem waiting to happen. Kofi Annan
On climate change, we often don’t fully appreciate that it is a problem. We think it is a problem waiting to happen.
-Kofi Annan

 

You know what happens when windmills collapse into the sea? A splash. Bill Maher
You know what happens when windmills collapse into the sea? A splash.
-Bill Maher

 

We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect. Aldo Leopold
We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.
-Aldo Leopold

 

I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. Elwyn Brooks White
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.
-Elwyn Brooks White

 

If civilization has risen from the Stone Age, it can rise again from the Wastepaper Age. Jacques Barzun
If civilization has risen from the Stone Age, it can rise again from the Wastepaper Age.
-Jacques Barzun

 

The packaging for a microwavable microwave dinner is programmed for a shelf life of maybe six months a cook time of two minutes and a landfill dead-time of centuries. David Wann
The packaging for a microwavable microwave dinner is programmed for a shelf life of maybe six months, a cook time of two minutes and a landfill dead-time of centuries.
-David Wann

 

Here all waste will be viewed as a recycling opportunity. Beezer Molten
Here all waste will be viewed as a recycling opportunity.
-Beezer Molten

 

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them. Bill Vaughn
Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.
-Bill Vaughn

 

We have to walk in a way that we only print peace and serenity on the Earth. Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet. Thich Nhat Hanh
We have to walk in a way that we only print peace and serenity on the Earth. Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.
-Thich Nhat Hanh

 

Take care of the earth and she will take care of you.
Take care of the earth and she will take care of you.

 

When we heal the earth, we heal ourselves. David Orr
When we heal the earth, we heal ourselves.
-David Orr

 

For 200 years we've been conquering Nature. Now we're beating it to death. Tom McMillan
For 200 years we’ve been conquering Nature. Now we’re beating it to death.
-Tom McMillan

 

The old Lakota was wise. He knew that man's heart away from nature becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans too. Chief Luther Standing Bear
The old Lakota was wise. He knew that man's heart away from nature becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans too.
-Chief Luther Standing Bear

 

Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. Chief Seattle
Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.
-Chief Seattle

 

The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river. Ross Perot
The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river.
-Ross Perot

 

Waste not the smallest thing created for grains of sand make mountains, and atomies infinity. E. Knight
Waste not the smallest thing created, for grains of sand make mountains, and atomies infinity.
-E. Knight

 

I have been described as the grandfather of climate change. In fact I am just a grandfather and I do not want my grandchildren to say that grandpa understood what was happening but didn't make it clear. James Hansen
I have been described as the grandfather of climate change. In fact, I am just a grandfather and I do not want my grandchildren to say that grandpa understood what was happening but didn’t make it clear.
-James Hansen

 

One of the big questions in the climate change debate: Are humans any smarter than frogs in a pot? If you put a frog in a pot and slowly turn up the heat, it won't jump out. Instead, it will enjoy the nice warm bath until it is cooked to death. We humans seem to be doing pretty much the same thing. Jeff Goodell
One of the big questions in the climate change debate: Are humans any smarter than frogs in a pot? If you put a frog in a pot and slowly turn up the heat, it won't jump out. Instead, it will enjoy the nice warm bath until it is cooked to death. We humans seem to…
-Jeff Goodell

 

On some issues, Im a staunch Conservative like curtailing greenhouse gas emissions so that we can Conserve the environment. Neil deGrasse Tyson
On some issues, I’m a staunch Conservative – like curtailing greenhouse gas emissions…

 

And Man created the plastic bag and the tin and aluminum can and the cellophane wrapper and the paper plate, and this was good because Man could then take his automobile and buy all his food in one place and He could save that which was good to eat in the refrigerator and throw away that which had no further use. And soon the earth was covered with plastic bags and aluminum cans and paper plates and disposable bottles and there was nowhere to sit down or walk, and Man shook his head and cried Look at this Godawful mess. Art Buchwald
And Man created the plastic bag and the tin and aluminum can and the cellophane wrapper…

 

There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet. Brooke Medicine Eagle
There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet.
-Brooke Medicine Eagle

 

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I care. You?

 

Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life contemplation meditation tooting, howling screeching booming crashing, whistling, grinding and trilling bolster his ego. His anxiety subsides. His inhuman void spreads monstrously like a gray vegetation. Jean Arp
Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation… tooting, howling…
-Jean Arp

 

Water and air the two essential fluids on which all life depends have become global garbage cans. -Jacques Yves Cousteau
Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.
-Jacques Yves Cousteau

 

Every day is Earth Day.
Every day is Earth Day

 

Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land. Aldo Leopold
Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land.
-Aldo Leopold

 

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