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Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.
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.
You could cover the whole earth with asphalt, but sooner or later green grass would break through.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The threat to the planet is us. It’s actually not a threat to the planet – it’s a threat to us.
There is no question that climate change is happening; the only arguable point is what part humans are playing in it.
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, 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.
Today humanity faces a stark choice: save the planet and ditch capitalism, or save capitalism and ditch the planet.
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?
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.
There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew.
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.
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.
When the soil disappears, the soul disappears.
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.
Sustainability is about ecology, economy and equity.
Nature provides a free lunch, but only if we control our appetites.
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…
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…
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.
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…
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.
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.’
It is the safest of times, it is the riskiest of times…. What the Dickens is going on here?
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.
We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.
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
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.
-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.
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.
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.
We should honor Mother Earth with gratitude; otherwise our spirituality may become hypocritical.
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.
We won’t have a society if we destroy the environment.
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.
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.
We have forgotten how to be good guests, how to walk lightly on the earth as its other creatures do.
We are aware only of the empty space in the forest, which only yesterday was filled with trees.
Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man.
The proper use of science is not to conquer nature but to live in it.
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.
No one is an environmentalist by birth. It is only your path, your life, your travels that awaken you.
On climate change, we often don’t fully appreciate that it is a problem. We think it is a problem waiting to happen.
You know what happens when windmills collapse into the sea? A splash.
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.
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.
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.
Here all waste will be viewed as a recycling opportunity.
Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.
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.
When we heal the earth, we heal ourselves.
For 200 years we’ve been conquering Nature. Now we’re beating it to death.
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.
The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river.
Waste not the smallest thing created, for grains of sand make mountains, and atomies infinity.
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.
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…
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…
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
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…
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
Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land.