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Environment News can be good news
Environment News can be good news

After 30 years of protecting the ozone layer, some reasons to be cheerful. During1980s the world leaders went through difficult time of negotiations intended to save the Ozone Layer....

It Does Little for Poorer Countries
It Does Little for Poorer Countries

I was an observer from the United Nations at the jamboree that gave birth to the Kyoto Protocol in 1997 and began talk about cap and trade ... [read...]

Climate apartheid: Sherpas fall victims in Himalayan black snow
Climate apartheid: Sherpas fall victims in Himalayan black snow

A few more whacks of the ice axe in the firm snow, and we stood on top," stated Sir Edmund Hillary about his final climb - the first by mankind... [read...]

An opportunity to abolish climate-apartheid
An opportunity to abolish climate-apartheid

Delegates taking part in Abu Dhabi Ascent should pledge to adopt plans that will keep the global temperature rise below 2Celsius... [read...]

Diaspora & sustainability
Diaspora & sustainability

Erica Sita is a young enthusiast from a small island called Reunion near Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. She is a management graduate in finance and works with passion on CSR. [read...]

 

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Green Olympiad Award Ceremony
Green Olympiad Award Ceremony
Well Hand over Program at Vandre Village
Well Hand over Program at Vandre Village

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Vandre Village Well construction inauguration Ceremony
Vandre Village Well construction inauguration Ceremony

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Quotes
Dennis Weaver

"When we realize we can make a buck cleaning up the environment, it will be done!"

Dennis Weaver

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

Stewart Udall
Stewart Udall
Anna Freud

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

Anna Freud
Thich Nhat Hanh

"You carry Mother Earth within you. She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment. In that insight of inter-being, it is possible to have real communication with the Earth, which is the highest form of prayer."

Thich Nhat Hanh
Isaac Bashevis Singer

"I did not become a vegetarian for my health, I did it for the health of the chickens."

Isaac Bashevis Singer
Lynn Margulis

"All living beings, not just animals, but plants and microorganisms, perceive. To survive, an organic being must perceive - it must seek, or at least recognize, food and avoid environmental danger."

Lynn Margulis
Dan Lipinski

"Hydrogen holds great promise to meet many of our future energy needs, and it addresses national security and our environmental concerns. Hydrogen is the simplest, most abundant element in the universe."

Dan Lipinski
Joe Barton

"It's obvious nonsense, but it makes nice people feel good about themselves to do their bit for the planet. It's vanity of a grotesque kind to believe that mankind, and our 'carbon footprint', has more impact on the future of Earth than Nature, which bends our planet to its will, as it sees fit."

Charles Saatchi
Charles Saatchi

"Nature is not simply a technical or economical resource, and human beings are not mere numbers. To suggest that one can somehow align all the squabbling institutions of science, environmental management, government and diplomacy in an alliance of convenience to regulate the global climate seems to me optimistic."

James Buchan
Joe Barton

"I tell my environmental friends that they have won. Every issue we look at from an energy perspective is now also looked at from an environmental perspective."

Joe Barton
Orlando Bloom

"I think that its easy to think of the environment as all doom and gloom and that, 'What can we do, it's too late. And the polar bears are gone, and everything is gone.' But really, just the little steps that we can make as individuals make a big difference."

Orlando Bloom
Jochen Zeitz

"We should bring in an environmental attitude, and I think luxury should automatically be about sustainability and quality."

Jochen Zeitz
Dan Lipinski

"The hydrogen powered car, with its high fuel mileage and zero emission rate, is just one example of the products under development that will help increase our energy independence."

Dan Lipinski
Pat Buckley

"I can find God in nature, in animals, in birds and the environment. "

Pat Buckley
Thomas Perez

"There's a myth out there that you have to genuflect at the altar of quarterly earnings. But it's a false choice that you can either be a good fiduciary or promote values such as environmental sustainability. "

Thomas Perez
Matt Gonzalez

"Some types of environmental restoration projects are well-known; restored wetlands, for instance, or coal mine reclamation projects. Recently though, larger dam removal projects have started, a number of them in Washington state."

Matt Gonzalez
Thomas Malthus

"Population, when unchecked, goes on doubling itself every 25 years or increases in a geometrical ratio."

Thomas Malthus
Carlos Ghosn

"The time is right for electric cars - in fact the time is critical."

Carlos Ghosn
Dan Lipinski

"Hydrogen holds great promise to meet many of our future energy needs, and it addresses national security and our environmental concerns. Hydrogen is the simplest, most abundant element in the universe."

Dan Lipinski
Al Gore

"Our world faces a true planetary emergency. I know the phrase sounds shrill, and I know it's a challenge to the moral imagination."

Al Gore
John Dewey

"Nature is the mother and the habitat of man, even if sometimes a stepmother and an unfriendly home."

John Dewey
Cathy McMorris Rodgers

"Maintaining healthy forests is essential to those who make a living from the land and for those of us who use them for recreational purposes."

Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Kevin Richardson

"We can have technology, prosperity, nice homes and cars, but at the same time we must be conscious of what we are dumping into the water, the air and our food."

Kevin Richardson
Jim Clyburn

"But reducing harmful emissions, abating our dependence on foreign oil and developing alternative renewable energy sources have benefits that go beyond environmental health, they improve personal health, enhance national security and encourage our nation's economic viability."

Jim Clyburn
Atal Bihari Vajpayee

"I have a vision of India: an India free of hunger and fear, an India free of illiteracy and want."

Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Ansel Adams

"It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment."

Ansel Adams
Jim Clyburn

"Environmental protection doesn't happen in a vacuum. You can't separate the impact on the environment from the impact on our families and communities"

Jim Clyburn
Bjorn Lomborg

"The main environmental challenge of the 21st century is poverty. When you don't know where your next meal is coming from, it's hard to consider the environment 100 years down the line."

Bjorn Lomborg
Elizabeth Emken

"The genetics of autism are real, but there are also environmental triggers."

Elizabeth Emken
Cathy McMorris Rodgers

"Maintaining healthy forests is essential to those who make a living from the land and for those of us who use them for recreational purposes. "

Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Nina Fedoroff

"If there are more and more environmental refugees, they are going to end up on your doorstep too."

Nina Fedoroff
Sidney Sheldon

"Try to leave the Earth a better place than when you arrived."

Sidney Sheldon
Jeremy Grantham

"The language 'It's too late' is very unsuitable for most environmental issues. It's too late for the dodo and for people who've starved to death already, but it's not too late to prevent an even bigger crisis. The sooner we act on the environment, the better."

Jeremy Grantham
Will Steger

"Within 10 years it will be impossible to travel to the North Pole by dog team. There will be too much open water."

Will Steger
Sitting Bull

"They claim this mother of ours, the Earth, for their own use, and fence their neighbors away from her, and deface her with their buildings and their refuse. "

Sitting Bull
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
Roger Tory Peterson

"Birds are indicators of the environment. If they are in trouble, we know we'll soon be in trouble."

Roger Tory Peterson
William Ralph Inge

"We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form."

William Ralph Inge
Steven Pinker

"Parents provide their children with genes as well as an environment, so the fact that talkative parents have kids with good language skills could simply mean that and that the same genes that make parents talkative make children articulate. "

Steven Pinker
David Attenborough

"It's coming home to roost over the next 50 years or so. It's not just climate change; it's sheer space, places to grow food for this enormous horde. Either we limit our population growth or the natural world will do it for us, and the natural world is doing it for us right now."

David Attenborough

"You will die but the carbon will not; its career does not end with you. It will return to the soil, and there a plant may take it up again in time, sending it once more on a cycle of plant and animal life."

Jacob Bronowski
Jacob Bronowski
James Lovelock

"Sadly, it's much easier to create a desert than a forest."

James Lovelock

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

Anna Freud
Anna Freud
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

"Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth... these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women's empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all."

Ban Ki-moon
Ban Ki-moon
Evo Morales

"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

"Environmental pollution is an incurable disease. It can only be prevented."

Barry Commoner
Barry Commoner
Stewart Udall

"Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man."

Stewart Udall

"Each species is a masterpiece, a creation assembled with extreme care and genius."

Edward O. Wilson
Edward O. Wilson
R. Buckminster Fuller

"Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we've been ignorant of their value. "

R. Buckminster Fuller

"As a group, we want to follow good and green strategy. Setting targets is one element of that. The second part is to design products which meet environmental goals."

Jamshyd Godrej
Jamshyd Godrej
Jimmy Carter

"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

"Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can never learn from books. "

John Lubbock
John Lubbock
Vladimir Putin

"We should not just consume hydrocarbon fuel but use it to develop nuclear energy, hydro power and renewable energy sources."

Vladimir Putin

"Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will – his personal responsibility in the realm of faith and morals. "

Albert Schweitzer
Albert Schweitzer
Stephan Hawking

"We are in danger of destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity. We cannot remain looking inwards at ourselves on a small and increasingly polluted and overcrowded planet."

Stephan Hawking

"Why should man expect his prayer for mercy to be heard by What is above him when he shows no mercy to what is under him?"

Pierre Troubetzkoy
Pierre Troubetzkoy
Ban Ki Moons

"We are the first generation to be able to end poverty, and the last generation that can take steps to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Future generations will judge us harshly if we fell to uphold our moral and historical responsibilities."

Ban Ki Moons

"Local innovation and initiative can help us better understand how to protect our environment."

Richie Norton
Gale Norton
Earl Nightingale

"Our environment, the world in which we live and work, is a mirror of our attitudes and expectations."

Earl Nightingale

"Jack of all trades or master of one? If you're a master of one, you'll soon be a master of none. Times are a changing. Be a jack of all trades. Or better, master of many!"

Richie Norton
Richie Norton
Rene Dubos

" Human destiny is bound to remain a gamble, because at some unpredictable time and in some unforeseeable manner nature will strike back."

Rene Dubos

"The most important environmental issue is one that is rarely mentioned, and that is the lack of a conservation ethic in our culture."

Gaylord Nelson
Gaylord Nelson
Zephyr McIntyre

"We are seeds as well as parasites to the earth. We can either give or take, depending on our perception of growth."

Zephyr McIntyre

"I love this planet... I want to see the environment preserved and I want to see the human race preserved. And I'd like to see everybody living decently in a more equitable, kind-hearted, thoughtful, generous world."

Ted Turner
Ted Turner
Alan C. Kay

"Some people worry artificial intelligence will make us feel inferior, but then, anybody in his right mind should have an inferiority complex every time he looks at a flower."

Alan C. Kay

"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
Mother Teresa
Clarissa Pinkola Este’s

"To be poor and be without trees is to be the most starved human being in the world. To be poor and have trees is to be completely rich in ways that money can never buy."

Clarissa Pinkola Este’s

"We need to accept the seemingly obvious fact that a toxic environment can make people sick and that no amount of medical intervention can protect us. The health care community must become a powerful political lobby for environmental policy and legislation."

Andrew Weil
Andrew Weil
Wangari Maathai

"In a few decades, the relationship between the environment, resources and conflict may seem almost as obvious as the connection we see today between human rights, democracy and peace."

Wangari Maathai

"Education must provide the opportunities for self-fulfillment; it can at best provide a rich and challenging environment for the individual to explore, in his own way."

Noam Chomsky
Noam Chomsky
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

"The best friend of earth of man is the tree. When we use the tree respectfully and economically, we have one of the greatest resources on the earth."

Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright
David Attenborough

"It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living. "

David Attenborough

"Man is a complex being: he makes deserts bloom - and lakes die."

Gil Scott - Heron
Gil Scott - Heron
Ronald Regagan

"Environmental extremists wouldn’t let you build a house, unless it looked like a bird’s nest."

Ronald Regagan

"Nature is not a drag on growth. Its protection is an unavoidable prerequisite for sustaining economic development."

Tony Juniper
Tony Juniper
Jack Handey

"If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down."

Jack Handey

"If you think that economy is more important thant environment, try holding your breath while counting your money."

Dr. Guy McPherson
Dr. Guy McPherson
Wangari Maathai

"The environment and the economy are really both two sides of the same coin. If we cannot sustain the environment, we cannot sustain ourselves."

Wangari Maathai

"Sustainability is about ecology, economy and equity."

Ralph Bicknese
Ralph Bicknese
E. Knight

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

E. Knight

"Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land."

Aldo Leopold
Aldo Leopold
Stephanie Mills

"The greatest threat to our planet is that someone else will save it"

Stephanie Mills

"A clean environment is a human right like any other, it is therefore a part of our responsibility towards others to ensure that the world we pass on is as healthy, if not healthier then we found it."

Dalai Lama
Dalai Lama
Robert Swan

"The greatest threat to our planet is that someone else will save it"

Robert Swan

"A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children."

John James Audubon
John James Audubon
Norm Dicks

"The Endangered Species Act is the strongest and most effective tool we have to repair the environmental harm that is causing a species to decline."

Norm Dicks

"The Earth does not belong to us: we belong to the Earth."

Marlee Matlin
Marlee Matlin
Richard Rogers

"The only way forward, if we are going to improve the quality of the environment, is to get everybody involved."

Richard Rogers

"Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed."

Mahatma Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi
Ellen DeGeneres

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

Jacques Yves Cousteau

"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
Mike Huckabee
Ellen DeGeneres

"If we're destroying our trees and destroying our environment and hurting animals and hurting one another and all that stuff, there's got to be a very powerful energy to fight that. I think we need more love in the world. We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter. I definitely want to contribute to that."

Ellen DeGeneres

"The mountains of things we throw away are much greater than the things we use. In this, if no other way, we can see the wild an reckless exuberance of our production, and waste seems to be the index."

John Steinbeck
John Steinbeck
Rachel Carson

"The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe, the less taste we shall have for destruction."

Rachel Carson

"The killers are the people who are ruining the world to line their pockets, poisoning us, burying us under garbage!"

John Brunner
John Brunner
Kat Lahr

"Parts of our genome simply cannot survive a situation where the environment suffers from the full overload of toxins we currently live in."

Kat Lahr

"The angry men know that this golden age (of fossil fuels) has gone; but they cannot find the words for the constraints they hate. Clutching their copies of Atlas Shrugged, they flail around, accusing those who would impede them of communism, fascism, religiosity, misanthropy, but knowing at heart that these restrictions are driven by something far more repulsive to the unrestrained man: the decencies we owe to other human beings."

George Monbiot
George Monbiot
Lloyd Alexander

"Every living thing deserves our respect... be it humble or proud, ugly or beautiful."

Lloyd Alexander

"Though this new forest grew mightily, elsewhere the mighty jungles fell. Elsewhere the coastal rain forests that furred the body of the world were torn and riven. Elsewhere the last of the old growth the last of the world’s own garment were ripped away. It was in this time, now, that the mother of us all was stripped naked and left to die in shame of her children, she who had been robed in glory like this, adorned like this. I bent my head upon the roots and wept, sorrowing for the trees."

Enock Maregesi
Sheri S. Tepper
Lailah Gifty Akita

"The aquatic environment must be safeguarded by men. God created mankind to care for the environment and all the living resources."

Lailah Gifty Akita

"Be nice to the environment. Be nice to animals. Be nice to people. If you do that, you will leave a mark on the world."

Enock Maregesi
Enock Maregesi
Eraldo Banovac

"It is absolutely certain that we must act to protect nature much more efficiently than ever before. Tomorrow – when mankind will step forward to a totally uncertain future – will be too late."

Eraldo Banovac

"We can and must respond creatively to the triple crisis and simultaneously overcome dehumanization, economic inequality, and, ecological catastrophe."

Vandana Shiva
Vandana Shiva
Sophia Newtown

"The trees are born, they develop their leaves and fruits, they grow and die. I can't ever understand why a tree is a "what" and not a "who"."

Sophia Newtown

"Genuine collaboration is an environment that promotes communication, learning, maximum contribution, and innovation."

Jane Ripley
Jane Ripley
Laurence Overmire

"We are the last generation with a real opportunity to save the world.

Laurence Overmire

"Environment is what you make it and destiny is how you react to your environment: whether you try to overcome it or just resign yourself to it."

Nick Joaquín
Nick Joaquín
Israelmore Ayivor

Environment has its own ways of limiting us tightly. But leaders have their own ways of escaping those limitations narrowly.

Israelmore Ayivor

"[T]his readiness to assume the guilt for the threats to our environment is deceptively reassuring: We like to be guilty since, if we are guilty, it all depends on us. We pull the strings of the catastrophe, so we can also save ourselves simply by changing our lives. What is really hard for us (at least in the West) to accept is that we are reduced to the role of a passive observer who sits and watches what our fate will be. To avoid this impotence, we engage in frantic, obsessive activities. We recycle old paper, we buy organic food, we install long-lasting light bulbs—whatever—just so we can be sure that we are doing something. We make our individual contribution like the soccer fan who supports his team in front of a TV screen at home, shouting and jumping from his seat, in the belief that this will somehow influence the game's outcome."

Slavoj Žižek
Slavoj Žižek
Sheri S. Tepper

Though this new forest grew mightily, elsewhere the mighty jungles fell. Elsewhere the coastal rain forests that furred the body of the world were torn and riven. Elsewhere the last of the old growth the last of the world’s own garment were ripped away. It was in this time, now, that the mother of us all was stripped naked and left to die in shame of her children, she who had been robed in glory like this, adorned like this. I bent my head upon the roots and wept, sorrowing for the trees.

Sheri S. Tepper

If we begin to diligently care for the environment, it will greatly improve human health.

Jane Ripley
Lailah Gifty Akita
Nick Joaquin

Environment is what you make it and destiny is how you react to your environment: whether you try to overcome it or just resign yourself to it.

Nick Joaquin

Saving the world requires saving democracy. That requires well-informed citizens. Conservation, environment, poverty, community, education, family, health, economy- these combine to make one quest: liberty and justice for all. Whether one's special emphasis is global warming or child welfare, the cause is the same cause. And justice comes from the same place being human comes from: compassion.

Jane Ripley
Carl Safina
Israelmore Ayivor

Environment has its own ways of limiting us tightly. But leaders have their own ways of escaping those limitations narrowly.

Israelmore Ayivor

Genuine collaboration is an environment that promotes communication, learning, maximum contribution, and innovation.

Jane Ripley
Jane Ripley
Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam

Let us sacrifice our today, so that our children can have a better tomorrow.

Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam

"Once there were brook trout in the streams in the mountains. You could see them standing in the amber current where the white edges of their fins wimpled softly in the flow. They smelled of moss in your hand. Polished and muscular and torsional. On their backs were vermiculate patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps and mazes. Of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again. In the deep glens where they lived all things were older than man and they hummed of mystery."

Cormac McCarthy
Cormac McCarthy
Ernst F. Schumacher

An attitude to life which seeks fulfilment in the single-minded pursuit of wealth - in short, materialism - does not fit into this world, because it contains within itself no limiting principle, while the environment in which it is placed is strictly limited.

Ernst F. Schumacher

"A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship. But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, their songs never cease."

John Muir
John Muir
David James Duncan

Our lack of community is intensely painful. A TV talk show is not community. A couple of hours in a church pew each Sabbath is not community. A multinational corporation is neither a human nor a community, and in the sweatshops, defiled agribusiness fields, genetic mutation labs, ecological dead zones, the inhumanity is showing. Without genuine spiritual community, life becomes a struggle so lonely and grim that even Hillary Clinton has admitted "it takes a village".

David James Duncan

A terrible premonition washed over me. This was how the whole world would end.... They would devour the forest and excrete piles of buildings made of stone wrenched from the earth or from dead trees. They would hammer paths of bare stone between their dwellings, and dirty the rivers and subdue the land until it could recall only the will of man. They could not stop themselves from doing what they did. They did not see what they did, and even if they saw, they did not know how to stop. They no longer knew what was enough.

Robin Hobb
Robin Hobb
Edward Hallett Carr

History is the long struggle of man, by exercise of his reason, to understand his environment and to act upon it. But the modern period has broadened the struggle in a revolutionary way. Man now seeks to understand, and act on, not only his environment, but himself; and this has added, so to speak, a new dimension to reason and a new dimension to history.

Edward Hallett Carr

At the end of the day, no amount of investing, no amount of clean electrons, no amount of energy efficiency will save the natural world if we are not paying attention to it - if we are not paying attention to all the things that nature give us for free: clean air, clean water, breathtaking vistas, mountains for skiing, rivers for fishing, oceans for sailing, sunsets for poets, and landscapes for painters. What good is it to have wind-powered lights to brighten the night if you can't see anything green during the day? Just because we can't sell shares in nature doesn't mean it has no value.

Hugh Nibley
Thomas Friedman
Susan Freinkel

This is where the will to grapple with our hard and pressing environmental problems begins: in relationship to something other that you love beyond any utility, beyond any logic.

Susan Freinkel

In spite of the string of magazine covers announcing the contrary, we all know that ten simple things will not save the earth. There are, rather, three thousand impossible things that all of us must do, and changing our light bulbs, while necessary, is the barest beginning. We are being called upon to act against a prevailing culture, to undermine our own entrenched tendency to accumulate and to consume, and to refuse to define our individuality by our presumed ability to do whatever we want.

Hugh Nibley
Lyanda Lynn Haupt
Theodore Roosevelt

Our duty to the whole, including the unborn generations, bids us to restrain an unprincipled present-day minority from wasting the heritage of these unborn generations. The movement for the conservation of wildlife and the larger movement for the conservation of all our natural resources are essentially democratic in spirit, purpose, and method.

Theodore Roosevelt

God's command to have dominion over every living thing is a call to service, a test of responsibility, a rule of love, a cooperation with nature, whereas Satan's use of force for the sake of getting gain renders the earth uninhabitable. Brigham Young's views on the environment direct attention to man's responsibility to beautify the earth, to eradicate the influences of harmful substances, and to use restraint, that the earth may return to its paradisiacal glory.

Hugh Nibley
Hugh Nibley
Edward O. Wilson

Humanity is a biological species, living in a biological environment, because like all species, we are exquisitely adapted in everything: from our behavior, to our genetics, to our physiology, to that particular environment in which we live. The earth is our home. Unless we preserve the rest of life, as a sacred duty, we will be endangering ourselves by destroying the home in which we evolved, and on which we completely depend.

Edward O. Wilson

Be nice to the environment. Be nice to animals. Be nice to people. If you do that, you will leave a mark on the world.

Enock Maregesi
Enock Maregesi
Elizabeth Moon

A tree is alive, and thus it is always more than you can see. Roots to leaves, yes-those you can, in part, see. But it is more-it is the lichens and moss and ferns that grow on its bark, the life too small to see that lives among its roots, a community we know of, but do not think on. It is every fly and bee and beetle that uses it for shelter or food, every bird that nests in its branches. Every one an individual, and yet every one part of the tree, and the tree part of every one.

Elizabeth Moon

Out yonder they may curse, revile, and torture one another, defile all the human instincts, make a shambles of creation (if it were in their power), but here, no, here, it is unthinkable, here there is abiding peace, the peace of God, and the serene security created by a handful of good neighbors living at one with the creature world.

Henry Miller
Henry Miller
John Taylor Gatto

Shouldn't we also ask ourselves what the consequences are of scrambling to provide the "most" of everything to our children in a world of fast dwindling resources?

John Taylor Gatto

We were bred of earth before we were bred of our mothers. Once born, we can live without mother or father, or any other kin, or any friend, or any human love. We cannot live without the earth or apart from it, and something is shrivelled in a man's heart when he turns away from it and concerns himself only with the affairs of men.

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Ivan Illich

The re-establishment of an ecological balance depends on the ability of society to counteract the progressive materialization of values. The ecological balance cannot be re-established unless we recognize again that only persons have ends and only persons can work towards them.

Ivan Illich

The angry men know that this golden age (of fossil fuels) has gone; but they cannot find the words for the constraints they hate. Clutching their copies of Atlas Shrugged, they flail around, accusing those who would impede them of communism, fascism, religiosity, misanthropy, but knowing at heart that these restrictions are driven by something far more repulsive to the unrestrained man: the decencies we owe to other human beings.

George Monbiot
George Monbiot
Carl Safina

Saving the world requires saving democracy. That requires well-informed citizens. Conservation, environment, poverty, community, education, family, health, economy- these combine to make one quest: liberty and justice for all. Whether one's special emphasis is global warming or child welfare, the cause is the same cause. And justice comes from the same place being human comes from: compassion.

Carl Safina

Shouldn't we also ask ourselves what the consequences are of scrambling to provide the "most" of everything to our children in a world of fast dwindling resources?

John Taylor Gatto
John Taylor Gatto
John Perkins

" No matter how many toys we amass we leave them behind when we die, just as we leave a broken environment, an economy that only benefits the richest, and a legacy of empowering greed over goodness. It is now time to commit to following a new path."

John Perkins
Art Buchwald

"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
Jonathan Safran Foer

"We know, at least, that this decision (ending factory farming) will help prevent deforestation, curb global warming, reduce pollution, save oil reserves, lessen the burden on rural America, decrease human rights abuses, improve publish health, and help eliminate the most systematic animal abuse in history"

Jonathan Safran Foer
Paulo Coelho

"How can we be so arrogant? The planet is, was, and always will be stronger than us. We can't destroy it; if we overstep the mark, the planet will simply erase us from its surface and carry on existing. Why don't they start talking about not letting the planet destroy us?"

Paulo Coelho

We are being made aware that the organization of society on the principle of private profit, as well as public destruction, is leading both to the deformation of humanity by unregulated industrialism, and to the exhaustion of natural resources, and that a good deal of our material progress is a progress for which succeeding generations may have to pay dearly.

Vandana Shiva
T. S. Eliot
Rachel Carson

"Why should we tolerate a diet of weak poisons, a home in insipid surroundings, a circle of acquaintances who are not quite our enemies, the noise of motors with just enough relief to prevent insanity? Who would want to live in a world which is just not quite fatal?"

Rachel Carson

Nature shrinks as capital grows. The growth of the market cannot solve the very crisis it creates

Vandana Shiva
Vandana Shiva
Wallace Stegner

"Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed ... We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in."

Wallace Stegner

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
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Henry David Thoreau

"We need the tonic of wildness...At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature."

Henry David Thoreau

We won't have a society if we destroy the environment.

Margaret Mead
Margaret Mead
Wilfred Visser

"The more we recycle, the less we need to recycle"

Wilfred Visser

We do not know the worth of water till the well is dry

Thomas Fuller
Thomas Fuller
Stewart Udall

"The plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man"

Stewart Udall

What is the use of a fine house if you do not have a tolerable planet to put it on?

Henry Thoreau
Henry Thoreau
George Eliot

"It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses, we must plant more trees"

George Eliot

The proper use of science is not to conquer the nature but to live in it

Barry Commoner
Barry Commoner
Adrian Grenier

"It is enough to indulge and be selfish. But true happiness is really when you start giving back"

Adrian Grenier

We have chosen to fill our hives with honey and wax; thus furnishing mankind with the two noblest of things, which are sweetness and light

Jonathan Swift
Jonathan Swift
Ayn Rand

"The difference between animals and human is that animals change themselves for the environment, but humans change the environment for themselves."

Ayn Rand

Trees are earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven

Ravindranath Tagore
Ravindranath Tagore
an old Chinese proverb

The best time to plant a tree was tewnty years ago and the second best time is today

an old Chinese proverb

The struggle to save global environment is in one way much more difficult than 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
Al Gore
Robert Louis Stevenson

It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something- that quality of air, that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.

Robert Louis Stevenson

It's about keeping the animals in our environment. They cannot be just on somebody's purse, or shoes, or something

Bindi Irwin
Bindi Irwin
Rajnikanth

Whether you have a Maruti or BMW, the road remains the same. Whether you travel economy class or business, your destination doesn't change. Whether you have a Titan or Rolex, the time is the same. Whether you have Apple, Samsung or Lava, people who call you remains the same. There is nothing wrong in dreaming a luxurious life. What need to be taken care of is to not let the NEED become GREED. Because NEEDS can always be met.. but GREED can never be fulfilled.

Rajinikanth, Indian film actor, Media Personality, & Cultural Icon

"The Earth does not belong to us; We belong to the Earth"

Chief Seattle
Chief Seattle
Ed Begley Jr

I don't understand why we destroy something created by man and call it vandalism, but when we destroy something by nature we call it progress

Ed Begley Jr

"We are living on this planet as if we had another one to go to."

Terry Swearingen
Terry Swearingen
Annie Leonard

There is no such thing as 'away'
When we throw anything away
it must go somewhere.

Annie Leonard

"If you really think that economy is more important than environment, try counting holding your breathe whilst you count your money"

Guy McPherson
Guy McPherson
Virgil's Aeneid

"The gates of hell are open night and day;
Smooth the descent,
and easy the way.
But to return,
and to view the cheerful skies,
in this the task and mighty labor lies."

Virgil's Aeneid

"Even if the world were to end tomorrow, I will still plant a tree today."

Otto Frank
Otto Frank
Wangari Maathai

"The environment and the economy are really both two sides of the same coin. if we can not sustain the environment we can not sustain ourselves."

Wangari Maathai

"Let us be good stewards of the earth we inherited. All of us have to share the Earth's fragile ecosystem 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
Kofi Annan
Marya Mannes

"The earth we abuse and the living things we kill, will in the end, take revenge; for in exploiting their presence, we are diminishing our future"

Marya Mannes

"The supreme reality of our times is: the vulnerability of our planet"

John Kennedy
John Kennedy
Margaret Mead

"We won't have a society if we destroy the environment."

Margaret Mead

"A Healthy Ecology is the Basis for a Healthy Economy"

Claudine Schneider, U.S. Representative in The Green Lifestyle Handbook.
Claudine Schneider
Alexandra Stoddard, Author and lifestyle philosopher

"What we do today, right now, will have an accumulated effect on all of our tomorrows."

Alexandra Stoddard, Author and lifestyle philosopher

"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."

Bobby McLeod, Aboriginal activist and poet
Father Thomas Berry
 Lester Brown, founder of the Worldwatch Institute and the Earth Policy Institute

"In Mexico City, Tehran, Kolkata, Bangkok, Shanghai, and hundreds of other cities, the air is no longer safe to breathe. In some cities, the air is so polluted that breathing is equivalent to smoking two packs of cigarettes per day."

Lester Brown, founder of the Worldwatch Institute and the Earth Policy Institute

"When the earth is sick and polluted, human health is impossible.... To heal ourselves we must heal our planet, and to heal our planet we must heal ourselves."

Bobby McLeod, Aboriginal activist and poet
Bobby McLeod,  Aboriginal activist and poet
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

"He who knows what sweets and virtues are in the ground, the waters, the plants, the heavens, and how to come at these enchantments, is the rich and royal man."

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), Essays, Second Series, 1844

"Our personal consumer choices have ecological, social, and spiritual consequences. It is time to re-examine some of our deeply held notions that underlie our lifestyles."

David Suzuki, Environmental activist
David Suzuki, Environmental activist
John Muir, Scottish-American naturalist

"Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life."

John Muir, Scottish-American naturalist

"If there is magic on the planet, it is contained in Water."

 

 

Loren Eiseley, The Immense Journey, 1957.
Loren Eiseley
Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General

Climate change driven in great part by the unsustainable use of energy will exacerbate water stress and scarcity in many regions. Efforts to provide universal access to water and energy will be undermined if the current warming trend continues. The many strong links between water and energy demand coherent, integrated policies and innovative strategies. Water must be used -- and electricity must be generated and distributed -- equitably and efficiently, so all users get a fair share…...These issues are also crucially important elements in our discussions on the post-2015 development agenda. On World Water Day, let us pledge to develop the policies needed to ensure that sustainable water and energy are secured for the many and not just the few.

Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General

When the Nobel award was announced I saw it as a personal triumph, an achievement for me and my collaborators -- a recognition for a very remarkable discovery, for reaching the goal I had pursued for 7 years. But when I sat in that crowded hall and I saw the sea of western faces surrounding me, and I, the only Indian, in my turban and closed coat, it dawned on me that I was really representing my people and my country. I felt truly humble when I received the Prize from King Gustav; it was a moment of great emotion but I could restrain myself. Then I turned round and saw the British Union Jack under which I had been sitting and it was then that I realized that my poor country, India, did not even have a flag of her own - and it was this that triggered off my complete breakdown.

C. V. Raman
C V Raman
Franklin Delano 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 Delano Roosevelt

Environmentally friendly cars will soon cease to be an option...they will become a necessity.

Fujio Cho, President of Toyota Motors, North American International Auto Show, 2004
Fujio Cho, President of Toyota Motors
Margaret Mead (1901-1978)

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead (1901-1978), quoted in John M. Richardson, ed. Making it Happen, 1982

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, A Gift for God, 1975
quotes of Mother Teresa
Rachel Carson

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 of Book 'Silent Spring', 1962 that advanced the global environmental movement, much before United Nations started global action against the environmental degradation

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
Robert Redford
Al Gore

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

To plant a seed, watch it grow, to tend it and then harvest it, offered a simple but enduring satisfaction. The sense of being the custodian of this small patch of earth offered a small taste of freedom

Nelson Mandela, A Long Walk to Freedom
Nelson Mendela
Theodore Roosevelt

To 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

Theodore Roosevelt

If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.

Maurice Maeterlinck, The Life of the Bee
Maurice Maeterlinck
Ban-Ki-Moons, UN Secretary General

By embracing a new approach to the political economy of sustainable development, we will bring the sustainable development paradigm from the margins to the mainstream of the global economic debate. Thus, both the cost of action and the cost of inaction will become transparent. Only then will the political process be able to summon both the arguments and the political will necessary to act for a sustainable future

- United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability (2012)

Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary General

Gandhi himself never ruled out violence absolutely and unreservedly. He conceded the necessity of arms in certain situations. He said, "Where choice is set between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence... I prefer to use arms in defense of honor rather than remain the vile witness of dishonor.

Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela
Barack Obama

When we phased out CFCs the gases that were depleting the ozone layer it didn’t kill off refrigerators or air-conditioners or deodorant. American workers and businesses figured out how to do it better without harming the environment as much

President Obama

The major problems in the world are the result of the difference between how nature works and the way people think.

Gregory Bateson (1904-1980)
Gregory Bateson
Fidel Castro

The societies of consumption and squandering of material resources are incompatible with the idea of economic growth and a clean planet.

Fidel Castro