Monday, March 13, 2017

Selected quotations about our environment

Compiled Dr Abe V Rotor 

1. "Pollution should never be the price of prosperity."
— Al Gore, in a 2000 presidential-campaign speech

2. Man 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, Uncle Vanya, 1897
3. Warning to heed: When a man wantonly destroys one of the works of man we call him a vandal. When he destroys one of the works of god we call him a sportsman. ~Joseph Wood Krutch

4. Only when the last tree has been cut down,
Only when the last river has been poisoned,
Only when the last fish has been caught,
Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.
— Cree Indian Prophecy

5. "Eventually we'll realize that if we destroy the ecosystem, we destroy ourselves."
— Jonas Salk , American physician and microbiologist, 1914-95

7. "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 Delano Roosevelt

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

9. Philosophies to live by   

"If you want one year of prosperity, plant corn.
If you want ten years of prosperity, plant trees.
If you want one hundred years of prosperity, educate people."

— Chinese proverb

10.  When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. John Muir

11. Man must feel the earth to know himself and recognize his values.... God made life simple. It is man who complicates it.
Charles A. Lindbergh, Reader's Digest, July 1972

12. The system of nature, of which man is a part, tends to be self-balancing, self-adjusting, self-cleansing. Not so with technology.
E.F. Schumacher, Small is Beautiful, 1973

13. Now I truly believe that we in this generation must come to terms with nature, and I think we're challenged, as mankind has never been challenged before, to prove our maturity and our mastery, not of nature but of ourselves."   Rachel Carson, author, Silent Spring 

14. To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one's own in the midst of abundance.

15. Hope and Reflection: 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

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

17. Take care of the earth and she will take care of you.
Author Unknown

18. "The good news is we know what to do. The good news is, we have everything we need now to respond to the challenge of global warming. We have all the technologies we need; more are being developed. And as they become available and become more affordable when produced in scale, they will make it easier to respond. But we should not wait, we cannot wait, we must not wait." 
Al Gore

19. You must be the change you wish to see in the world." 
Mahatma Gandhi

20. "We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature—trees, flowers, grass—grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls." 
Mother Teresa 

21. We find ourselves ethically destitute just when, for the first time, we are faced with ultimacy, the irreversible closing down of the earth's functioning in its major life systems. Our ethical traditions know how to deal with suicide, homicide and even genocide, but these traditions collapse entirely when confronted with biocide, the killing of the life systems of the earth, and geocide, the devastation of the earth itself."

 Father Thomas Berry 
22. "Peasant people ... don't have a chance to share in the riches that the planet can offer because some people are taking off so much of the pleasures of this world, and there's only so much to go around."  Sister Dorothy Stang, an eco-activist nun from Dayton, Ohio, who in 2005 was murdered in the Brazilian Amazon

23. "Those who develop the technologies, who promote them and stand to profit most from them, are not those who suffer their risks. The analysis of technologies is biased toward their use because the technology promoters generally lack the expertise and the incentive to analyze the risks of the technologies for human health and the environment." 
H. Patricia Hynes, "The Recurring Silent Spring" [1989]

24. I do not intend that our natural resources shall be exploited by the few against the interests of the many." 
President Theodore Roosevelt

25. Our environmental problems originate in the hubris of imagining ourselves as the central nervous system or the brain of nature. We're not the brain, we are a cancer on nature.
Dave Foreman, Harper's, April 1990

26. This is a beautiful planet and not at all fragile. Earth can withstand significant volcanic eruptions, tectonic cataclysms, and ice ages. But this canny, intelligent, prolific, and extremely self-centered human creature had proven himself capable of more destruction of life than Mother Nature herself.... We've got to be stopped. 
Michael L. Fischer, Harper's, July 1990

27. "It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on earth, and if we can teach our children to honor nature's gifts, the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever."
Jimmy Carter

28. Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
Albert Einstein 

29. Nature is the art of God. 
Thomas Browne, Religio Medici, 1635

30. 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, 1855

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, Biosphere 2000:  Protecting Our Global Environment, 1996

“Every day is Earth Day!”


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