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A tree's a tree. How many more do you need to look at? Ronald Reagan
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
It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment. Ansel Adams
Nature never makes any blunders, when she makes a fool she means it. Archibald Alexander
Chicago is the product of modern capitalism, and, like other great commercial centers, is unfit for human habitation. Eugene V. Debs
The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition. Carl Sagan
The most important and urgent problems of the technology of today are no longer the satisfactions of the primary needs or of archetypal wishes, but the reparation of the evils and damages by the technology of yesterday. Dennis Gabor
The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Heredity is nothing but stored environment. Luther Burbank
Such is the audacity of man, that he hath learned to counterfeit Nature, yea, and is so bold as to challenge her in her work. Pliny the Elder
If you violate Nature's laws you are your own prosecuting attorney, judge, jury, and hangman. Luther Burbank
Man has lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall. He will end by destroying the earth. Albert Schweitzer
Man should be master of his environment, not its slave. That is what freedom means. Anthony Eden
The first law of ecology is that everything is related to everything else. Barry Commoner
Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man. Stewart Udall
The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river. Ross Perot
Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another. Juvenal
Canada was built on dead beavers. Margaret Atwood
Ultimately, here is the choice we face: we can either make the solution to the climate crisis the central organizing principle of civilization–or the hostile conditions we are creating will grow rapidly worse, thickening the smothering blanket of global warming pollution surrounding our planet and destroy the viability of civilization as we know it. Al Gore
China has led the world in new tree planting. Over the last several years China has planted 40 percent as many trees as the rest of the world put together. Since 198, all citizens of China over age 11 (and younger than 60) have been formally required at least three trees per year. Al Gore
Climate change affects the occurrence and spread of disease by impacting the population size and range of hosts and pathogens, the length of transmission season, and the timing and intensity of outbreaks. Union of Concerned Scientists
People occasionally forgive, but nature never does.. Robert Kennedy
The poachers were using heavy weapons. It was a real war. I realize this is what I wanted to do. Nir Kalron
What most people don't realize is that dams and other structures are not permanent fixtures on the landscape. They are there because we made a political decision to build them. They didn't get there by accident. Daniel P. Beard
One of the most powerful religions in the Western world is environmentalism. Michael Crichton
Global warming is a crisis greater than WWI and WWII put together. Government leadership is lacking, so companies must play their part. Richard Branson
We must not be the generation responsible for irreversibly damaging the environment. We must hand it over to our children in as near pristine condition as we were lent it from our parents. Richard Branson
Man is complex—he makes deserts bloom and lakes die. Laurence J. Peter
The purpose of the environmental movement is to establish control over the people. Kent Hovind
Now this problem of the adjustment of man to his natural resources, and the problem of how such things as industrialization and urbanization can be accepted without destroying the traditional values of civilization and corrupting the inner vitality of its life—these things are not only problems of America; they are the problems of men everywhere. George F. Kennan
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 amplified and developed. Theodore Roosevelt
In many developing countries environmental problems are relegated to the periphery because they do not appear to be as urgent as other issues … We cannot survive without clean drinking water, food and pure air. Environmental concerns are not a luxury in Africa. Wangari Maathai
For conservation to be successful it is necessary to take into consideration that it is a characteristic of man that he can only be relied upon to do anything consistently which is in his own interest. He may have occasional fits of conscience and moral rectitude but otherwise his actions are governed by self-interest. It follows then that whatever the moral reasons for conservation it will only be achieved by the inducement of profit or pleasure. Prince Philip
Producing ethanol from cellulosic biomass---like perennial grasses and woodchips---offers a tremendous opportunity to expand our home grown fuel supply in an environmentally sustainable way. Samuel W. Bodman
Climate Change Is No Joke Fossil Fuels Are Soooo Prehistoric Anonymous
Climate change is a sanctity of human life issue. Richard Cizik
Nature, they call you a mother; they ought to call you a cruel stepmother. Emilia Pardo Bazan
If I have learned nothing else …, I have thoroughly learned to keep hands off the processes of nature. Laura Lee Davidson
India's elite wants not just cosmetic environmentalism, but a consumer-environmentalism. It wants to have good areas to go for tourism to. So it's happy to have national parks, because people can go for wildlife tourism. Or good beaches. But they don't want, and don't care about, a livelihood environmentalism. Vandana Shiva
At present … the best part of the land is not private property; the landscape is not owned, and the walker enjoys comparative freedom. But possibly the day will come when it will be partitioned off into so-called pleasure-grounds, in which a few will take a narrow and exclusive pleasure only,—when fences shall be multiplied, and man-traps and other engines invented to confine men to the public road, and walking over the surface of God’s earth shall be construed to mean trespassing on some gentleman’s grounds. To enjoy a thing exclusively is commonly to exclude yourself from the true enjoyment of it. Let us improve our opportunities, then, before the evil days come. Henry David Thoreau
Many of nature’s five hundred kinds of wild trees had to make way for orchards and cornfields. In the settlement and civilization of the country, bread more than timber or beauty was wanted; and in the blindness of hunger, the early settlers, claiming Heaven as their guide, regarded God’s trees as only a larger kind of pernicious weeds, extremely hard to get rid of. Accordingly, with no eye to the future, these pious destroyers waged interminable forest wars; chips flew thick and fast; trees in their beauty fell crashing by millions, smashed to confusion, and the smoke of their burning has been rising to heaven more than two hundred years … John Muir
The underlying justification for the theft of our lands has always been that we were not making proper use of them, and that these lands could be put to better use. The wilderness that we cultivated … was simply going to waste. It was selfish of us to padlock our vast forests and plains and deprive millions of hungry and millions of landless from their enjoyment. It was argued that stealing our land would provide for the common good … and all would become better off as a result…during this process, we would be lifted from our less-than-civilized state and would eventually recognize the goodwill that had been lavished upon us. Today, most of our lands and most of the wilderness are gone and yet there are more poor people than ever, more misery… And today there are those who still argue that tearing down the remaining … lands benefits humanity, or in today's jargon, "creates jobs." … we can only ask: "Has our land indeed been put to better use?" Could there have been another way? Ingrid Washinawatok
Unless we connect directly with the earth, we will not have the faintest clue why we should save it…. Only if we understand the beauty of nature will we love it, and only if we become alerted to learn about the planet's disease processes can we decide to live our lives with a proper sense of ecological responsibility. Helen Caldicott
I don’t want the West to be used as the place where we store the nation’s nuclear waste. John Kitzhaber
We are turning the world into a McDonald’s ecosystem with the same species living roughly the same way everywhere. Richard Conniff
All life forms obey Nature's demands—except man, who has found ways of ignoring them. Eugene M. Poirot
Man will survive as a species for one reason: He can adapt to the destructive effects of our power-intoxicated technology and of our ungoverned population growth, to the dirt, pollution and noise of a New York or Tokyo. And that is the tragedy. It is not man the ecological crisis threatens to destroy but the quality of human life. Rene Dubos
One of the first laws against air pollution came in 1300 when King Edward I decreed the death penalty for burning of coal. At least one execution for that offense is recorded. But economics triumphed over health considerations, and air pollution became an appalling problem in England. Glenn T. Seaborg
Racial injustice, war, urban blight, and environmental rape have a common denominator in our exploitative economic system. Channing E. Phillips
Runaway technology, whose only law is profit, has for years poisoned our air, ravaged our soil, stripped our forests bare, and corrupted our water resources Vance Hartke
Ecology has become the political substitute for the word "motherhood. Jesse Marvin Unruh
The causal chain of the deterioration (of the environment) is easily followed to its source. Too many cars, too many factories, too much detergent, too much pesticide, multiplying contrails, inadequate sewage treatment plants, too little water, too much carbon dioxide---all can be traced easily to too many people. Paul R. Ehrlich
You must not embark on programs to curb economic growth without placing a priority on maintaining income, so that the poorest people won’t simply be further depressed in their condition but will have a share, and be able to live decently. George Wiley
The affluent society has become an effluent society. The 6 percent of the world's population in the United States produces 70 percent or more of the world's solid wastes Walter S. Howard
Any living thing that hopes to live on the earth must fit into the ecosphere or perish. Barry Commoner
The gross heathenism of civilization has generally destroyed nature, and poetry, and all that is spiritual John Muir
Look abroad thro' Nature's range. Nature's mighty law is change. Robert Burns
We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. Thomas Fuller
The bulldozer and not the atomic bomb may turn out to be the most destructive invention of the 20th century Philip Shabecoff
The environmental movement will never be able to come remotely close to matching the corporations and their auxiliaries dollar for dollar in influencing the electoral and policy-making processes…. Accordingly, campaign finance reform ought to be at the very top of the environmental movement's legislative agenda. Philip Shabecoff
Campaign finance reform is vital. It is impossible for us to win, especially in committees, because we can never outbid the opposition. Greg Wetstone
Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints. Kill nothing but time. National Speleological Society
In order to produce enough gold to create a wedding band, … a mine would have to extract tens or hundreds of thousands of pounds of ore. … each mine produces thousands of tons of waste rock and other materials. The end result is that mines across the West create millions of tons of waste. This waste is usually stored on the earth's surface in vast piles that may be hundreds of feet high and cover an area the size of several football fields. Lexi Shultz
Rome is the most dreadful cesspit … the great sewer of Tarquin itself would have been incapable of dealing with such a mass of filth. Felicite Robert de Lamennais
Here in the United States we turn our rivers and streams into sewers and dumping-grounds, we pollute the air, we destroy forests, and exterminate fishes, birds, and mammals—not to speak of vulgarizing charming landscapes with hideous advertisements. Theodore Roosevelt
The relation of the conservation of natural resources to the problems of National welfare and National efficiency had not yet dawned on the public mind. The reclamation of arid public lands in the West was still a matter for private enterprise alone; and our magnificent river system, with its superb possibilities for public usefulness, was dealt with by the National Government not as a unit, but as a disconnected series of pork-barrel problems, whose only real interest was in their effect on the re-election or defeat of a Congressman here and there—a theory which, I regret to say, still obtains. Theodore Roosevelt
The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased, and not impaired, in value. Theodore Roosevelt
At an ever accelerating rate we are now squandering the capital of metallic ores and fossil fuels accumulated in the earth’s crust during hundreds of millions of years. How long can this spending spree go on? Aldous Huxley
Conservation has been in eclipse in this country ever since Theodore Roosevelt’s day. It had barely gotten off the ground when Uncle Joe Cannon, the Speaker of the House in those days, issued his ultimatum: “Not 1 cent for scenery.” Well, today we are repealing Cannon’s law. We are declaring a new doctrine of conservation. Lyndon B. Johnson
Conservation of land and conservation of people frequently go hand in hand Eleanor Roosevelt
Industries who profit by the rape of our environment see to it that legislators friendly to their attitudes are elected, and that bureaucrats of similar attitude are appointed. Roderick A. Cameron
We can eliminate gasoline in this country in 25 years. Vinod Khosla
We will run out of air long before we run out of oil. Vinod Khosla
When you make $78 billion a year, as the three large oil companies are doing, you have no interest in changing the status quo…. Oil companies are not interested innovation. Vinod Khosla
There is not enough money in Washington for the subsidies we will need to solve the global warming problem. The money must come from Wall Street. Vinod Khosla
My job, my mission, what I have been put on this planet for is to save wildlife. Steve Irwin
The land is a mother that never dies. Maori Proverb
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
Even if smog were a risk to human life, we must remember that life in nature, without technology, is wholesale death. Ayn Rand
Nearly everywhere there is crushing poverty, religious and ethnic enmity, and exploitation of people, other species, and the earth. Sometimes it may even seem that we have passed the point of no return -- that we cannot limit population, harmonize differences, and decontaminate the planet in time. But in a time of crisis, the only philosophically tenable position for a pessimist is optimism. Ashley Montague
Ecological policy rejects exploitative forms of economy and the unscrupulous plundering of natural resources and raw materials, as well as the destructive interventions into nature's ability to renew itself. We believe that the exploitation of nature as well as human beings must be stopped if we are to master this acute threat to life on earth. Green Party
Let us face it, there is no law in any country - to my knowledge - that makes it illegal to clear-cut forests, nor to erode our topsoil, nor to generate greenhouse gases over and above that which can be absorbed by dwindling natural sinks. What is more, even if such laws were enacted, I can see no effective mechanism anywhere in the world for applying them. Edward Goldsmith
People who can turn on a tap and have safe and clean water to drink, to cook with and to bathe in often take it for granted — and yet more than one billion of our fellow human beings have little choice but to use potentially harmful sources of water Lee Jong-Wook
Nature is lethal but it doesn’t hold a candle to man. Samuel L. Jackson
For him nature is basically a golf course or a ranch--or a national park turned into a country club where folks can burn off stress by speeding over the snow while polluting the air of Yellowstone with gas-guzzling skidoos. William Irwin Thompson
We have killed off nature, that world entirely independent of us which was here before we arrived and which encircled and supported our human society Bill McKibben
We tend to describe climate change in terms that are abstract—a one degree rise in temperature, an increase in green house gasses—but when waves wash away a village, that’s concrete and very emotional. Igor Krupnik
No risk that is preventable is acceptable. Rick Hind
We've learned, and this is true in many areas within the environmental movement, that change occurs more rapidly through marketplace movement than through regulation. We are also recognizing that not only do companies want to be green, they also want to save money. Rick Hind
You can listen to them [environmental protesters] but don’t stop your project—don’t stop your thinking. Richard M. Daley
Politically, resistance to industrialism must force the viability of industrial society into public consciousness and debate. What purpose does this machine serve? What problem has become so great that it needs this solution? Is this invention nothing but, as Thoreau put it, an improved means to an unimproved end? Who are the winners? Who are the losers? Will this invention concentrate or disperse power, encourage or discourage self worth? Can society at large afford it? Can the biosphere? Kirkpatrick Sale
Environmental organizations have become experts at duplicitous activity, skirting laws up to the edge of illegality, and burying their political activities under the guise of non-profit environmental improvement. James Inhofe
Sovereignty will fall victim to the flow of people, ideas, greenhouse gases, dollars, drugs, viruses, and e-mails… Sovereign states will increasingly measure their vulnerability not to one another but to forces of globalization beyond their control. Richard N. Haas
Some policies may promote growth in ways that will increase poverty; others may promote growth in ways that will reduce it. Some growth strategies may be good for the environment; others may not be. Joseph Stiglitz
Soil erosion is a national menace. Hugh Hammond Bennett
There are no national strategies any longer. There's only national poverty. With the global economy there are only global strategies. We're moving from a world of enemies that are national to a world of global dangers. Can you place boundaries on pollution? Shimon Peres
The great task for environmental historians is to record and analyze the effects of man's recently achieved control over the natural world. What is needed is a longer-term global, comparative, historical perspective that treats the environment as a meaningful variable. John Richards
There is little history in the study of nature, and there is little nature in the study of history. Donald Worster
The nation’s beauty is every citizen’s duty. Saint Kitts
Everyone lives downstream from someone else. Anonymous
Reduce, reuse, recycle Anonymous
Stop pollution or the future will be a thing of the past. Anonymous
The real owners of the land are not yet born. Anonymous
The solution to pollution is dilution. Anonymous
Irritations of the eyes, which are caused by smoke, over-heating dust or similar injury are easy to heal; the patient being advised to avoid the irritating cause. Aetios
The Government wouldn't force cancer on anyone. Instead it should be seeking volunteers ... We will accept Americans who are healthy and 18 years or older ... Children are needed to fill important quotas in such categories as childhood leukemia ... If you believe the "negligible risk" standard is acceptable, you can sign up for the National Cancer Volunteer Registry today and adopt the chemical of your choice. Agricultural Resource Center
We've raped our homelands to maintain our economies. Roderick Airwite
The frog does not drink in the pond in which he lives. American Indian proverb
Your armed struggles for profit Have left collars of waste upon My shore,, Currents of debris upon my breast. Maya Angelou
When an activity raises threats of harm to human health or environment, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause-and-effect relationships are not fully established scientifically. Anonymous
The forests shall not be burned needlessly. Asoka
The President [George W. Bush] is an oil man, indifferent to the environment. Bruce Babbitt
Government has a perfect right, indeed a duty, to intervene in the economy in the name of justice, ecology, strategic interests, full employment, or other public goods in which the market has and can have no interest. Benjamin R. Barber
Man was not made for the world, but the world for man. Book of Baruch
Half of Americans breathe air that is unhealthy. Max Baucus
Firms have traditionally ignored the carrot of environmental technology until they felt the stick of environmental enforcement. Max Baucus
In the long term the economy and the environment are the same thing. If it is unenvironmental it is uneconomical. That is a rule of nature. Mollie Beattie
If this summer is especially bad a crisis mentality will take over and Congress will want to pass legislation to show that they're on top of the situation. Dan Becker
Pollution doesn't respect state boundaries and it is difficult if not impossible to solve these problems on a state by state basis. S. William Becker
the right to employment … the right to social security, to health care and to social, medical and legal aid … the right to have decent accommodation … the right to enjoy the protection of a healthy environment … the right to enjoy cultural and social fulfillment … Belgium
The Europeans do not respect human rights alone but go further and defend animal rights in the manner of that tart Brigitte Bardot. They even defend vegetation rights like those of trees in public parks. Indeed they equate liberty and permissiveness, notably in sexual matters. Ali Belhadj
The only thing to do is say, "If you generate it in your country, you take care of it. Uta Bellion
It's a bit like the search for witches. You can always find them. Colin Berry
There is a liquid more precious than oil – water! Tony Blair
We must give everyone a stake in the World’s environment. Tony Blair
Does your desire to smoke anywhere, at any time, trump the right of others to breathe clean air … ? … The need to breathe clean air is more important than the license to pollute it. Michael Bloomberg
We all love the environment, but … a rat is a rat. Sonny Bono
To protect the natural environment is to protect the possibilities for youth. William W. Bradley
The United States has consumed in the last 50 years more natural resources than the rest of the entire human race for all of history. David R. Brower
The landscape has been so transformed by ignorance, arrogance and greed that those who must prove their case are not those who call for forest protection, but those who call for business as usual. Richard Brown
If we don't have a future, then we haven't got a present. Robert Brown
It is futile to seek solutions to environmental disturbances without considering them from a broad perspective that encompasses the factors underlying world poverty and the inequities within and among nations. Gro Harlem Brundtland
The squandering of the public money sinks into comparative insignificance as a temptation to corruption when compared with the squandering of the public lands. James Buchanan
We talk of communing with Nature but 'tis with ourselves we commune .... Nature furnishes the conditions. John Burroughs
Our beaches should not be garbage dumps. Our oceans must not be cesspools. George W. Bush
Sometimes leadership is not going along with everybody else. George W. Bush
This guy's crazy .... We'll be up to our necks in owls. George W. Bush
Every American deserves to breathe clean air. George W. Bush
We can no longer throw our waste away because there is no away. William Cahill
Not one cent for scenery! Joseph Cannon
People who are not addressing the issues of population control are not seriously addressing the environment. George Carey
Every human being is now subjected to contact with dangerous chemicals, from the moment of conception until death. Rachel Carson
Man's war against nature is a war against himself. Rachel Carson
As cruel a weapon as the cave man's club, the chemical barrage has been hurled against the fabric of life. Rachel Carson
There are real and growing dangers to our simple and most precious possessions: the air we breathe, the water we bring, and the land which sustains us.... If we do not act, the world of the year 2000 will be much less able to sustain life than it is now. Jimmy Carter
The city of gardens [New Delhi] has become the city of garbage. Jag Pravesh Chandra
Mankind runs a major risk of the shortage of fresh water. Water is a major source of life but could well be a major source of conflict. Jacques Chirac
Nature does not have the capacity to heal all the wounds that have been inflicted upon it by mankind. Jacques Chirac
... miserable and almost friendless objects are ushered upon the stage of life, inheriting those vices, which idleness, and the bad example of their parents naturally produce. DeWitt Clinton
Every time we try to do something to improve the environment someone predicts that it will ruin the economy. Bill Clinton
Lawyers are making more money than the cleanup folks are. Bill Clinton
[Opposing Hydro-Quebec:] It is always us who are asked to pay. You say, "move over, move over Indian," and the only time you'll come to talk to us is when you want something. Mathew Coon Come
The very survival of the human species depends upon the maintenance of an ocean clean and alive.... The ocean is our planet's life belt. Jacques Cousteau
Three out of four [White House] comments on our rule making were cribbed right from industry briefs. Douglas Costle
To protect the environment, you have to work from the outside, not the inside. Jacques Cousteau
I've never seen such a goddamned mess in my life. Steve Cowper
It's nice to think about having everything natural and similar to pre-Columbian times.... In fact, man himself has long been part of that environment and there is no way to separate him from that environment. Frank Craighead
They are not valuable wetlands. They are degraded industrial wastelands. Richard M. Daley
To preserve the buffalo as a species, the best thing we can do is eat them. Animals that people eat do not become extinct. That's why we have so many more chickens than bald eagles in this country. Harold P. Danz
Genetic pollution is considerably more dangerous than oil spills. You can’t just go out there and put a boom around it and put it back in. Kristin Dawkins
What’s been going on for years is political science, not good science in the environmental area. Thomas D. DeLay
These greenies have nice speeches, but in practice they're pigs. Manuel DeSoto
When you have to besiege a city for a long time, you must not destroy its trees, wielding an ax against them. You may eat of them, but you must not cut them down. Are the trees human, to withdraw before your siege? Book of Deuteronomy
The striking differences between the long-term histories of peoples of the different continents have been due not to innate differences in the people themselves but to differences in their environments. Jared Diamond
Our performance should be based on the long-term health of the land, rather than the number of board feet produced. Michael Dombeck
[It is] unrealistic to attempt ... to establish a utopia free from any hazards. Absolute [industrial] safety is an impossibility. Pete Domenici
Let's put aside this argument over perfect protection and concentrate on getting a whole lot of protection for a whole lot of people. David D. Doniger
Not all issues are created equal. People don't worry about the environment as much as they do about taxes, and they don't worry as much about the environment as they do about jobs. Michael Donilon
We must subject the machine—technology—to control and cease despoiling the earth and filling people with goodies merely to make money. William O. Douglas
We should never fall into the trap of accepting that all progress as good. Barbara Dudley
Pollution knows no boundaries; it moves across borders. Andrea Durbin
People go to environmental meetings in Hollywood in their gas-guzzling Mercedes. Robert Duvall
Whether we, as individuals, are motivated by simple humanity or by simple economics, we can no longer permit profits to be dependent upon an unsafe or unhealthy work site. Thomas F. Eagleton
No compromise in defense of Mother Earth. Earth First
Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinion. Albert Einstein
We thought we would get around to it sometime down the line. Theoretically we could have regulated it, but it wasn't on our radar screen. James R. Elder
Nobody yet knows how to improve working conditions and environmental quality without imposing heavy costs somewhere. Ethan B. Epstein
What would Jesus drive? Evangelical Environmental Network
We're not going to allow Virginia to become a trash depository for New York or anyplace else. James S. Gilmore III
With it we can create our own destiny. It’s a sovereignty issue. It’s our land, and we’ll do what we want with it. Ralph Goff
People must have water, affordable, necessary water. Mary Goldring
If you don't look for a problem, you won't find it. Eric Goldstein
The biggest polluters have a back door into the policy making process of the White House. Al Gore
Our [politicians] responsibility is to be sure that we utilize the best science. Jim Greenwood
I shall never come back to Arizona. The main reason is that the country has been ruined by motorists. The Navajos are doomed. The beauty and the romance of their lives is dead. Zane Grey
The law of nature is so unalterable that it cannot be changed by God himself. Hugo de Grotius
I resent the idea that somebody in Washington will protect our environment better than we can. Lena Guerrero
Handing money back to the private sector in tax cuts and starving the public sector is a formula for producing richer and richer consumers in filthier and filthier communities. If we stick to that formula we will end up in affluent misery. John W. Gardner
Okay Mr. Environmentalist. Come here and explain this. Lucinda Florio
We're in a war, the war of industrial civilization against the natural world. Dave Foreman
The environment is more than just nature. The environment is peoples needs. Walter J. Hickel
Those who say "not in my back yard" are saying "rape someone else's back yard. Walter J. Hickel
Experimental evidence [shows strongly] that the chemical purity of the air is of no importance [to health.] L. Erskine Hill
If the rest of the world aspires to our way of life ... we'll bury ourselves in waste. Joel Hirschhorn
Life in the state of nature is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short. Thomas Hobbes
We have done extraordinary things to destroy our waters. We can never do enough to research and coordinate cleaning these waters up. George J. Hochbrueckner
A river is more than an amenity, it is a treasure. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
This is a turning point in human history. William J. Hughes
The Politics of Ecology Aldous Huxley
Green politics is not about being far left of far right, but being far sighted. David Icke
Woe unto them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till there be no place. Book of Isaiah
The common people who marched for the right to vote must now march for the right to breathe. Jesse Jackson
His idea of open space was a K Mart parking lot. Patrick Jackson
The American land was more like a widow than a virgin. Europeans did not find a wilderness here; rather, however involuntarily, they made one. Francis Jennings
Ugliness has been allowed too long. It is time to act. Lady Bird Johnson
I do believe this period of the 1980's will be remembered as the time the planet struck back. The planet is telling us we can't treat it this way anymore. Stephen C. Joseph
I would be quite willing personally to leave the whole country as a wilderness for the next half-century, but I fear that if Englishmen do not go there, Yankees will. John A. MacDonald
Natural science is one of man's weapons in his fight for freedom .... man must ... conquer and change nature and thus attain freedom from nature. Mao Zedong
No more wolves, wilderness or welfare. Ronald C. Marlenee
Man is everywhere a disturbing agent. Wherever he plants his foot, the harmonies of nature are turned to discords. George Perkins Marsh
Every acre of forest should belong to the people. Robert Marshall
An American's refrigerant can cause a New Zealander's skin cancer. Jessica Mathews
Conservation is not without a cost. James A. McClure
The free market should not include the right to pollute our environment. George McGovern
It is a crime now in my country to talk about the government's crimes. David McTaggart
If the artificial is not better than the natural, to what end are all the arts of life? To dig, to plow, to build, to wear clothes, are direct infringements of the injunction to follow nature. John Stuart Mill
What is truly frightening is that, despite our knowledge, we continue to subsidize activities without regard to their environmental—and economic—impact. George Miller
In former times humans had fear of the future. Today the future must have fear of humans. Werner Mitsch
Everyone realizes that we have to clean up the environment, but no one likes the cost. Carlos Moorhead
We ought to move toward the objective of allowing our state to become number one, not in the protection of toxic substances, but in the prosecution of those who are polluting our environment. Dan Morales
Free the rivers. John Muir
class interests in disguise. Charles Murray
We're trying to let people see what their grandfather told them about. Larry Larson
The greatest problem we [in Kenya] face is the growing number of people living in poverty. The related sense of hopelessness has to be impacting on every part of environmental management. Richard Leakey
A completely industrialized society is of no consequence to me. Aldo Leopold
The chance to find a pasque-flower is a right as inalienable as free speech. Aldo Leopold
We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. Aldo Leopold
We face the question whether a still higher standard of living is worth its cost in things natural, wild, and free. Aldo Leopold
Man's power over Nature turns out to be a power exercised by some men over other men with Nature as its instrument. Clive Staples Lewis
How can you save the rain forests, the planet's wildlife, without funds? Keng Yaik Lim
If the spotted owl can't adjust ... then screw it. Rush Limbaugh
We intend to redesign our entire purchasing system to include a general preference for recycled products. John Lindsay
Never before has man had such capacity to control his own environment, to end thirst and hunger, to conquer poverty and disease, to banish illiteracy and massive human misery. John F. Kennedy
The supreme reality of our time is ... the vulnerability of this planet. John F. Kennedy
Water is one of the world’s great business opportunities. It promises to be to the 21st century what oil was to the 20th. Fortune Magazine
Mother Earth is not only a fruitful mother, she is also a grateful mother and repays her children for every kindness and tenderness. James Gibbons
Half the world’s people fail to receive the level of water services available in many of the cities of ancient Greece and Rome Peter Gleik
There are those who say that climate change is a hoax, a concoction of radical environmentalists and a liberal media. That is simply hogwash.... To ignore and dismiss the threat of climate change to the economy and the environment is like insisting the earth is flat. Jim Jeffords
Mercury is a dangerous toxin. It needs to be reduced. Mike Leavitt
We have changed our environment more quickly than we have learned how to change ourselves. Walter Lippmann
The Salvages are accustomed to set fire of the Country in all places where they come, and to burne it twice a year, viz.: at the Spring, and the fall of the leaf. The reason that moves them to doe so, is because it would other wise be so overgrown with underweeds that it would be all a coppice wood, and the people would not be able in any wise to pass through the Country out of a beaten path…. this custom of firing the Country is the meanes to make it passable; and by that meanes the trees growe here and there as in our parks: and makes the Country very beautifull and commodious. Thomas Morton
We discuss the potential drawbacks of genetic testing or genetic modification of crops. We do not discuss the suffering and environmental damage that will be caused by holding back innovation…. The debate is unbalanced here because it is complacent about the imperfect present. Matt Ridley
We don’t trust the U. S. government. Stephan Singer
… the lungs of London William Windham
Before we start criticizing capitalism, we ought to try it. We don't factor the value of nature and its services into the market equation. Every year we use roughly $33 trillion worth of nature's services throughout the world's civilizations, and we make little or no effort to pay any of that back. We just use it. Look at the service a bee provides us, for example. A bee doesn't charge hourly fees or anything else. But if we lose the bees, we're not going to eat. And the pollinators are disappearing. David R. Brower
Humanity is consuming the resources of the earth and life in an excessive and disordered way, forgetting the earth's own needs John Paul II; Giovanni Battista Montini
Climate change is here. We have to learn how to deal with it. Michael Oppenheimer
Ozone Man George W. Bush
Whenever you involve scientists with politicians there is a struggle. Michael Oppenheimer
In the final analysis we all inhabit the same planet, we all breath the same air, we all cherish our children’s future, and we are all mortal. John F. Kennedy
We find in the Word of God, that God made the Earth for the use and comfort of all Mankind, and set him in to till and dresse it, and said, That in the sweat of his brows he should eat his bread; and also we find, that God never gave it to any sort of people, that they should have it all to themselves, and shut out all the rest. but he saith, The Earth hath he given to the children of men, which is every man. Diggers
Those who have by an unrighteous power made merchandise of the earth, giving all to some, & none to others, declare themselves tyranicall & usurping. Diggers
People are getting richer all over the world and they are going to want to live the way Americans live. And that is going to place a big strain on our environment and will be a great challenge. Chrystia Freeland
The oil market is the biggest failure of the free market because it did not take into account the environmental damage. Eleanor Clift
The gold rush of yesterday has become the green rush of today…. Nothing makes a market like a government mandate. John McLaughlin
Everything is a circle. We are each responsible for our own actions. It will come back. Betty Laverdure
I didn’t do this [banned DDT] for scientific reasons. I did it for political reasons. William Ruckelshaus
Is it asked do I yet say colonize Africa? I reply, yes. The surpassing fertility of the African soil, the mildness of the climate during a great part of the year, the numerous commercial advantages, the stores of fish and herds of animals to be found here, invite her scattered children home. As regards myself, I counted the cost of engaging in this service, before I left America. I came to these shores to die, and any thing better than death, is better than I expect. Samuel Bacon
Tell the president that the buffalo is my old friend, and it would make my heart glad to see a heard once more roaming around. Quanah Parker
You said that you wanted to put us upon a reservation, to build our houses and make us medicine lodges. I do not want them. I was born upon the prairie, where the wind blew free, and there was nothing to break the light of the sun. I was born where there were no enclosures, and where everything drew a free breath. I want to die there, and not within walls. Ten Bears
The sun will set without thy assistance. Jewish Proverb
We have ended the dreaded Communism, we must now end the dreaded capitalism. . . . We have to use less. Cutting our consumption by 75% is a very reasonable and relatively easily obtainable goal. Andrew Kerr
Extinction is forever! Greenpeace International
Special interests are a roadblock wielding undue influence over policy makers. They seek to maintain short-term profits with little regard to either the long-term impact on the planet that will be inherited by our children and grand-children or the long-term economic well-being of our country. James E. Hanson
Global Warming James E. Hanson
We are fully prepared! George W. Bush
Both liberals and conservatives in the United States must move beyond the tired debate over causation and get on with the important work of mitigation and adaptation… Scott G. Borgerson
Global warming and climate change is a big problem. It requires a big solution. Joseph I. Lieberman
We are funding the rope for the hanging of ourselves. James Woolsey
People change when they have to – not when we tell them to. Thomas Friedman
If you’re a Chinese mayor and have to choose between growing jobs and cutting pollution, you will invariably choose jobs: Coughing workers are much less politically dangerous than unemployed workers. Thomas Friedman
It must be pointed out that climate change has been caused by the long-term historic emissions of developed countries and their high per-capita emissions. Developed countries bear an unshirkable responsibility. Jiang Yu
The cheapest, cleanest, nonemitting power plant in the world is the one you don’t build. Thomas Friedman
The market does not work in energy...Carbon has to have a value. Today in the U.S. and China it has no value Jeffrey R. Immelt
If 98 doctors say my son is ill and needs medication and two say, “No, he doesn’t, he is fine,’ I will go with the 98. It’s common sense-the same with global warming. We go with the majority, the large majority...The key thing now is that since we know this industrial age has created it, let’s get our act together and do everything we can to roll it back. Arnold Schwarzenegger
We don’t know what those other cycles where caused by...Could be dinosaur flatulence...Who knows? Dana Rohrabacher
For us to try and step in and say we have got to do all these global things to prevent the earth from getting any warmer in my opinion is absolute nonsense. It’s not going to happen Joe Barton
One person can root out corruption and abuse of power. Once he understands this, he is redeemed and can break out of the trap of fear, and break free into the light of integrity and justice. This is the effect of seeing a brave whistleblower stand up and win; it inspires the rest of us. Scott Bloch
We Republicans came to Washington to change it, and Washington changed us. Thomas G. Thompson
Only when the last tree has withered, and the last fish caught, and the last river been poisoned, will we realize we cannot eat money. Cree Tribe
Unless we, who know better than most world citizens the horror of the mushroom cloud that hangs ominously over us, become active Humanists in word and in deed, we may well condemn our world to awake some day never to view again the "green stillness of the country where we can hear the heart of Nature beat," but instead to crawl about and gasp for breath on limited terrain, surrounded by lakes and seas of molten lava, representing the remnants of that which once we knew as Mother Earth. Percy Julian
Nationalism is spiritual and all-embracing, in the sense that it opens its arms to and spreads its wings over all those who have shared with the Arabs their history and have lived in the environment of their language and culture for generations, so that they have become Arab in thought and feeling. There is no fear that nationalism will clash with religion, for, like religion, it flows from the heart and issues from the will of God; they walk arm in arm, supporting each other, especially when religion represents the genius of the nationality and is in harmony with its nature. Michel Aflaq
We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us. Marshall McLuhan
When the President starts lying he begins to need evidence to back up his lies because in this democracy he is questioned on his statements. It then percolates down through the bureaucracy that you are helping the Boss if you come up with evidence that is supportive of our public position and you are distinctly unhelpful if you commit to paper statements that might leak to the wrong people. The effect of that is to poison the flow of information to the President himself and to create a situation where a President can be almost, to use a metaphor, psychotically divorced from the realities in which he is acting.... Daniel Ellsberg
It is the emergence of mass media which makes possible the use of propaganda techniques on a societal scale. The orchestration of press, radio and television to create a continuous, lasting and total environment renders the influence of propaganda virtually unnoticed precisely because it creates a constant environment. Jacques Ellul
Human beings have to adapt to it, and accept total change. Jacques Ellul
Man's society is an ecology that forces adaptation to it. Philip K. Dick
If you develop in the old fashioned way there are enormous costs (to the environment)….but we have to demonstrate it, not just tell people. Bill Clinton
We have grown up in a culture thinking that our energy resources were inexhaustible and without impact. Andy Karsner
Maritime nations still respond automatically to the shibboleth of the "freedom of the seas." Professing to believe in the "inexhaustible resources of the oceans," they bring species after species of fish and whales closer to extinction. Garrett Hardin
Nothing was made by God for man to spoil or destroy. John Locke
The verdict is for the trumpeter swan and against the army. The army will have to find another nesting place. Franklin D. Roosevelt
I hope that the SOB who is responsible for this will rot in Hell! Franklin D. Roosevelt
The nation that leads the clean energy economy will lead the global economy. Barack Obama
No-one wants polluted air, water or land, denuded forests or extinct animal species. But the error most people make is to trust the legislature to prevent these tragedies. What they don’t realize is how big a role the legislature has played historically in causing environmental destruction. Karen Selick
There has never been in history another such culture as … Western civilization…a culture which has practiced the belief that the physical and social environment of man is subject to rational manipulation and that history is subject to the will and action of man; whereas central to the traditional cultures of the rivals of Western civilization, … is a belief that it is environment that dominates man. Ishmael Reed
I don’t think that there is ever a Mission Accomplished with an oil spill…the consequences go on for years. Thad William Allan
We'll never know the worth of water till the well goes dry. Scottish Proverb
Hygiene is two thirds of health. Lebanese Proverb
For every person in the world to reach the present U.S. level of consumption with existing technology would require four more planet earths. Edward O. Wilson
If the water is too clear, there is nothing for the fish to eat. Chinese Proverb
I hope that the SOB who is responsible for this will rot in Hell! Franklin D. Roosevelt
The nation that leads the clean energy economy will lead the global economy. Barack Obama
Human beings and fish can co-exist peacefully. George W. Bush
The introduction of genetically engineered (GE) organisms into the complex ecosystems of our environment is a dangerous global experiment with nature and evolution … GE organisms must not be released into the environment. They pose unacceptable risks to ecosystems, and have the potential to threaten biodiversity, wildlife and sustainable forms of agriculture. Greenpeace International
The loss of global biological diversity is advancing at an unprecedented pace. Sigmar Gabriel
If we politicians cannot solve the problems of the economy, terrorism and the environment, then we shall have failed in our duty. Nicolas Sarkozy
My house could be under water in this century. Manny Diaz
We thought it was a very good idea in this day and age of threat to biodiversity….we believe the scope for ecotourism is great. Anote Tong
We knocked the Twightwies and Chictaghicks on the head because they had cut down the trees of peace which were the limits of our country. They had hunted beavers on our land and killed them all, both male and female. Garangula
Every time there is an economic intensification, there is an ecological impact. James H. Barrett
We have the young people, we have the talent, we have the imagination, we have the technology. But I don't believe we have the leadership and the willingness to accept risk, to achieve great goals. I believe we need a long-term national commitment to explore the universe. And I believe this is an essential investment in the future of our nation — and our beautiful, but environmentally challenged planet… Eugene F. Kranz
For the most part we inherit our opinions. We are the heirs of habits and mental customs. Our beliefs, like the fashion of our garments, depend on where we were born. We are molded and fashioned by our surroundings. Robert G. Ingersoll
There are in nature neither rewards nor punishments — there are only consequences. Robert G. Ingersoll
Can you name an environmental problem that would NOT be easier to solve with fewer people, or harder (and ultimately impossible) with more? Nobody can. Roger Martin
Population growth makes mitigation of and adaptation to climate change initially harder and ultimately impossible to solve. As long as the UN process ignores this, it will be running up a down escalator, and will ultimately fail Roger Martin
It has been acknowledged for many years the current level of human population growth is unsustainable and places acute pressure on global resources. Human activity is exacerbating global warming, and higher population levels inevitably mean higher emissions and more climate change victims. Roger Martin
Our primary objective is to reduce British over-population. But many leaders of foreign nations approach us to help them get a handle on their burgeoning population. Roger Martin
Population growth is a global problem affecting all of us. Roger Martin
We never use the phrase population control. It has an implication of coercion. Roger Martin
The oil companies legally bribe members of Congress to allow them to drill for oil in the ANWR. Jimmy Carter
To live with integrity in an unjust society we must work for justice. To walk with integrity through a landscape strewn with beer cans, we must stop and pick them up Miriam Simos; Starhawk
Do you believe that a dead woman can conceive from a live man and bring forth a live child? Do you believe it, any of you mothers? Do you believe it, any of you fathers? No, you know better. Well, if a woman will not produce when she is dead, then the earth cannot produce living things if it was dead. Does the earth conceive? It does, and it brings forth. If it did not, why do you go and put your wheat into the ground? Does it not conceive it? But it does not conceive except you put it there. It conceives and brings forth, and you and I live, both for food and for clothing, silks and satins. What! satin grow? Yes. What produces it? The silkworm produces it. Does the silkworm produce except it conceives? No, it eats of the mulberry tree. Where does the mulberry tree come from? It comes from the earth. Where did the earth come from? From its parent earths. Well, some of you may call that foolish philosophy. But if it is, I will throw out foolish things, that you may gather up wise things. The earth is alive. If it was not, it could not produce: If you find a piece of earth that is dead, you cannot produce anything from it, except you resurrect it and restore it to life. Heber Chase Kimball
Blizzards, floods, volcanoes, hurricanes, earthquakes: They fascinate because they nakedly reveal that Mother Nature, afflicted with bipolar disorder, is as likely to snuff us as she is to succor us Dean Ray Koontz; Leigh Nichols
If one looks with a cold eye at the mess man has made of history, it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that he has been afflicted by some built-in mental disorder which drives him towards self-destruction. Arthur Koestler
Environmentalism is a dangerous ideology endangering human freedom. Vaclav Klaus
This is the greatest liberty that has ever been taken with nature Anonymous
In my opinion, neither organisms nor organizations evolve slowly and surely into something better, but drift until some small change occurs which has immediate and overwhelming significance. The special role of the human being is not to wait for these favorable accidents but deliberately to introduce the small change that will have great significance. Edwin Land
The American agenda is sweeping everything before it, and although it's not perfect, the EU is better on environmental issues. It's a less rapacious form of capitalism. Ken Livingstone
Whether exotic wild animals have escaped or the owners have let them go, the problem is still there…. The damage has already been done. Bill Nelson
Facts are more mundane than fantasies, but a better basis for conclusions. Amory Lovins
Wilderness to the people of America is a spiritual necessity, an antidote to the high pressure of modern life, a means of regaining serenity and equilibrium. Sigurd T. Olson
We got rich by violating one of the central tenets of economics: thou shall not sell off your capital and call it income. And yet over the past 40 years we have clear-cut the forests, fished rivers and oceans to the brink of extinction and siphoned oil from the earth as if it possessed an infinite supply. We've sold off our planet's natural capital and called it income. And now the earth, like the economy, is stripped. Kalle Lasn
The modern dogma is comfort at any cost. Aldo Leopold
The oldest task in human history: to live on a piece of land without spoiling it.. Aldo Leopold
A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. Aldo Leopold
That land is a community is the basic concept of ecology, but that land is to be loved and respected is an extension of ethics.. Aldo Leopold
L.a. 's air pollution has turned an environmental issue into everybody's issue. Tom Hayden
Just because something is natural doesn't make it good, and just because something is man-made doesn't make it bad. Ronald Hart
You can’t build wind power anywhere birds fly or Kennedys live. Christopher C. Horner
We now know beyond a doubt that global warming is a reality. And the question we must all answer is, what are we going to do about it? Michael Bloomberg
I don’t give a crap for the pup fish. Jason Chaffetz
The man who looks at an animal and sees beauty is a man who has eaten well. Zambia proverb
It’s only the urban middle class who is interested in the preservation of the countryside because they don’t have to live in it. Antony Rupert Jay; Jonathan Lynn
When people are involved, accidents will happen…. You don’t want to drink frack fluid. Aubrey McClendon
There is a lot of money getting spent to make sure that a very substantial portion of the public stays totally confused about this. And, I mean, it’s been really quite pernicious. But there’s been literally tens of millions of dollars spent on every little thing that comes along that might, you know, relate to some uncertainty. M. Granger Morgan
The carbon lobby knew perfectly well that global warming posed real dangers, but it chose to deny those dangers and disparage anyone who sought to bring them to public attention. The lobby put its immediate economic interests ahead of humanity’s future well-being. Mark Hertsgaard
Climate change had arrived a century sooner than expected, and future generations were no longer the only victims. Mark Hertsgaard
Strip mining is man’s thorough and total assault upon his planet. Harry M. Caudill
The coal industry held the title deed to the future and devoured the land, people, and culture with a Satanic appetite. Harry M. Caudill
We just can't afford to sit back and watch all that land be destroyed so a few people can get rich now. One of these days the dear old federal government is going to have to come in and spend billions of dollars just to repair the damage that's already been done. And guess who will have the machines and the workmen to do the job? The same coal operators who made the mess in the first place will be hired to fix it back, and the taxpayers will bear the cost Harry M. Caudill
God said that the Earth would not be destroyed by a flood. John Shimkus
The key thing is to get off our reliance on fossil fuel. Arnold Schwarzenegger
White males are most responsible for the destruction of human life and environment on the planet today. Yet who is controlling the supposed revolution to change all that? White males. Robin Morgan
Solution to pollution by dilution is fallacious. Helen Caldicott
God’s great wilderness is the hope of the world. John Muir
God gave us the earth. We have dominion over the plants, the animals, the seas…. God said “Earth is yours. Take it. Rape it. It’s yours.” Ann Coulter
The primary task of developing countries is to develop the economy and eradicate poverty. Without economic growth, there would be no material basis for a better life or better environment for the people. But economic growth must not be achieved at the cost of environment or resources. In the absence of proper resource and environmental protection, there could be no sustainable economic development. Zhu Rongji
The overpopulation of the earth The destruction of our natural habitat The rat race of humanity against itself The disappearance of all strong emotions and passions through pampering Genetic deterioration through deficient selection pressure on development and the lack of preservation of the norms of social behavior The breakdown of tradition; and The increasing susceptibility of humans to indoctrination Konrad Lorenz
Malthusian famine scenarios have systematically distracted attention from the fact that it is not people’s reproductive habits that are the principal source of most of the misuse or waste of the world’s resources, but the contradictions and motives of capitalist development. Eric B. Ross
The fallacy of genetic determinism is to suppose that the genes "make' the organism. It is a basic principle of developmental biology that organisms undergo a continuous development from conception to death, a development that is the unique consequence of the interaction of the genes in their cells, the temporal sequence of environments through which the organisms pass, and random cellular processes that determine the life, death, and transformation of cells. As a result, even the fingerprints of identical twins are not identical. Their temperaments, mental processes, abilities, life choices, disease histories, and death certainly differ despite the determined efforts of many parents to enforce as great a similarity as possible. Richard Lewontin
Pollution is nothing but resources we're not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we've been ignorant of their value. R. Buckminster Fuller
The future is in our hands! Friends of the Environment
Some time this century, the day will arrive when the human influence on the climate will overwhelm all natural factors.` Tim Flannery
Pure air, pure water, the inspection of unhealthy habitations, the adulteration of food, these and many kindred matters may be legitimately dealt with by the Legislature; Benjamin Disraeli
Christian parents must also understand that they are destined not only to propagate and preserve the human race on earth Pius XI
Lobbyists can pay consultants to do studies that say anything. John Walke
At about 9.5 billion people, the world will run out of fresh water. Lionel Shriver
If humans pursue a business-as-usual course for the first half of this century, I believe the collapse of civilization due to climate change becomes inevitable. Tim Flannery
Wilderness is the raw material out of which man has hammered the artifact called civilization. Aldo Leopold
Many historical events, hitherto explained solely in terms of human enterprise, were actually biotic interactions between people and land. Aldo Leopold
Land is not merely soil. Aldo Leopold
The trend of psychology, education, anthropology, and social science is toward environmentalism in the explanation of group differences, which means that the racial beliefs which defended caste are being torn away. It also means, by implication, that the white majority group in power is accused of being the cause of the Negro's deficiencies and unhappiness. Gunnar Myrdal
The most important thing to the Christian community is not the environment but evangelism. John Hagee
We are living beyond our means. As a people we have developed a life-style that is draining the earth of its priceless and irreplaceable resources without regard for the future of our children and people all around the world. Margaret Mead
There is only one possible route of action, Greenhouse gases have to be radically reduced and it has to happen worldwide. Until now, the US has kept its eyes shut to this emergency. Americans make up a mere 4 percent of the population, but are responsible for close to a quarter of emissions. Jurgen Trittin
With the growing urgency of climate change, we cannot have it both ways. We cannot shout from the rooftops about the dangers of global warming and then turn around and shout even louder about the "dangers" of windmills. David Suzuki
It is simply not feasible for sovereignty to be exercised unilaterally by individual nation-states, however powerful. It is a principle which will yield only slowly and reluctantly to the imperatives of global environmental cooperation. Maurice Strong
What if a small group of world leaders were to conclude that the principal risk to the Earth comes from the actions of the rich countries? And if the world is to survive, those rich countries would have to sign an agreement reducing their impact on the environment. Will they do it? The group's conclusion is 'no'. The rich countries won't do it. They won't change. So, in order to save the planet, the group decides: Isn't the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn't it our responsibility to bring that about? Maurice Strong
If we don't change, our species will not survive... Frankly, we may get to the point where the only way of saving the world will be for industrial civilization to collapse. Maurice Strong
There is more old growth forest today in California today than there was in 1850. The Indians had destroyed most of them. Michael Crichton
We must plant the sea and herd its animals . . . using the sea as farmers instead of hunters. That is what civilization is all about -- farming replacing hunting. Jacques-Yves Costeau
Environmental degradation and pollution constrain economic growth, contribute to large-scale migration, harm public health, and engender social unrest. Elizabeth Economy
When you talk to the public about the environment it goes in one ear and out the other. They are only interested in the now. Philip Wylie
We do know that global warming has led to the increase in number and intensity of weather events. Bill Clinton
Restoration of peatlands is a low hanging fruit, and among the most cost-effective options for mitigating climate change. Achim Steiner
The new American finds his challenge and his love in the traffic-choked streets, skies nested in smog, choking with the acids of industry, the screech of rubber and houses leashed in against one another while the townlets wither a time and die. This is not offered in criticism but only as observation. And I am sure that, as all pendulums reverse their swing, so eventually will the swollen cities rupture like dehiscent wombs and disperse their children back to the countryside. John Steinbeck
The time has passed when nations should be allowed to do as they individually wish with regard to global matters, each striving solely in its own interests, with the more powerful now able to destroy all humanity and more. For the common good, we need to frame and abide by a higher system of law and justice, designed with less national, more godlike, perspectives for the preservation and welfare of the biosphere as a whole. Roger Wolcott Sperry
Global warming' is just the latest in a long line of hysterical crusades to which we seem to be increasingly susceptible. Thomas Sowell
The only solution to pollution is a people's humane revolution. Bobby Seale
We simply must do everything we can in our power to slow down global warming before it is too late... The science is clear. The global warming debate is over. Arnold Schwarzenegger
There are fewer chemical pollutants in the air. Our drinking water is safer. Our food standards have been raised. We've cleaned up more toxic waste sites in three years than the previous administrations did in twelve. The environment is cleaner, and we have fought off the most vigorous assault on environmental protection since we began to protect the environment in 1970. We are moving in the right direction to the 21st century. Bill Clinton
If there is a regulation that says you have to do something—whether it be putting in seat belts, catalytic converters, clean air for coal plants, clean water—the first tack that the lawyers use, among others things, and that companies use, is [to claim] that it's going to drive the electricity bill up, drive the cost of cars up, drive everything up. It repeatedly has been demonstrated that once the engineers start thinking about it, it's [the cost is] actually far less than the original estimates. We should remember that when we hear this again, because you will hear it again. Steven Chu
Environmentally friendly cars will soon cease to be an option...they will become a necessity. Fujio Cho
Scientists themselves readily admit that they do not fully understand the consequences of our many-faceted assault upon the interwoven fabric of atmosphere, water, land and life in all its biological diversity. But things could also turn out to be worse than the current scientific best guess. In military affairs, policy has long been based on the dictum that we should be prepared for the worst case. Why should it be so different when the security is that of the planet and our long-term future? Prince Charles
I do not think there should be a limit on the rig's liability, because they are sitting on top of unlimited amounts of oil, and thus, there could be an explosion occur that could do untold damage. ... The amount of damage that an offshore oil rig can do is infinite. John Chafee
The number of hypotheses and theories about climate change are numerous. Quite naturally they have caught the public attention, as any proof of past climactic change points to the possibility of future climate change, which inevitably will have significant implications for global economics. Eduard Bruckner
As a nation we have not yet come to have a proper respect for the forest and to regard it as an indispensable part of our resources—one which is easily destroyed but difficult to replace; one which confers great benefits while it endures, but whose disappearance is accompanied by a train of evil consequences not readily foreseen and positively irreparable. Richard Eliot Blackwelder
You cannot affirm the power plant and condemn the smokestack, or affirm the smoke and condemn the cough. Wendell Berry
Everything is poisonous, nothing is poisonous, it is all a matter of dose. Claude Bernard
… human population growth within the ecosystem was closely analogous to the growth of malignant tumor cells within an organism: that man was acting like a cancer on the biosphere. The multiplication of human numbers certainly seems wild and uncontrolled... Four million a month - the equivalent of the population of Chicago... We seem to be doing all right at the moment; but if you could ask cancer cells, I suspect they would think they were doing fine. But when the organism dies, so do they; and for our own, selfish, practical, utilitarian reasons, I think we should be careful about how we influence the rest of the ecosystem. Marston Bates
… the mere notion that there are three times as many people on Earth as there were when I started making television. How can the Earth accommodate them? When people, including politicians, set their faces against looking at the consequences—it’s just unbelievable that anyone could ignore it. David Attenborough
Humanity stands ... before a great problem of finding new raw materials and new sources of energy that shall never become exhausted. In the meantime we must not waste what we have, but must leave as much as possible for coming generations. Svante Arrhenius
It is not enough to celebrate the earth and all its inhabitants, we must restore what we have destroyed. Ismail Serageldin
Enough is enough. Our intention is to have a line where the pavement ends and the open space and the hills begin. Susan Hammer
True conservation means protecting the entire habitat. David Attenborough
I gone on for years about the importance of thinking about the long term in relation to the environmental damage, climate change, and everything else because we don’t want to hand on an increasingly dysfunctional world to our grandchildren and I do not want to be confronted by my future grandchild saying, “Well why didn’t you do something?” Prince Philip
Just beyond the horizon of current events lie two possible political futures -- both bleak, neither democratic. The first is a retribalization of large swaths of humankind by war and bloodshed: a threatened Lebanonization of national states in which culture is pitted against culture, people against people, tribe against tribe -- a Jihad in the name of a hundred narrowly conceived faiths against every kind of interdependence, every kind of artificial social cooperation and civic mutuality. The second is being borne in on us by the onrush of economic and ecological forces that demand integration and uniformity and that mesmerize the world with fast music, fast computers, and fast food -- with MTV, Macintosh, and McDonald's, pressing nations into one commercially homogenous global network: one McWorld tied together by technology, ecology, communications, and commerce. The planet is falling precipitantly apart and coming reluctantly together at the very same moment Benjamin R. Barber
We may well blow each other up with atomic weapons before we wipe out all species of life including our own with more gradual means. Robert N. Bellah
There have been over the past 100 years consistent and disastrous failures by the Corps [of Engineers] in public works areas … resulting in enormous and unnecessary costs to ecology and the taxpayer. Arthur E. Morgan
Love em or leave em; just don’t destroy em. Larry Gibson
Theodore Roosevelt provoked an outcry when he banned Christmas Trees from the White House as a conservationist measure, but he relented when convinced that his position was untenable. Albert J. Menendez
From the best of the collective work, we believe that burning natural gas for electricity produces about 30-50% less greenhouse gas than burning coal, even accounting for the emissions of methane (and carbon dioxide) from producing and transporting the natural gas. David McCabe
Some of the scientists, I believe, haven’t they been changing their opinion a little bit on global warming? There’s a lot of differing opinions and before we react I think it’s best to have the full accounting, full understanding of what’s taking place. George W. Bush
We are strange beings, we seem to go free, but we go in chains--chains of training, custom, convention, association, environment--in a word, Circumstance--and against these bonds the strongest of us struggle in vain. Mark Twain
Clean water is not an expenditure of Federal funds; clean water is an investment in the future of our country. Bill Shuster
All ethics so far evolved rest upon a single premise: that the individual is a member of a community of interdependent parts. . . The land ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants, and animals, or collectively: the land. Aldo Leopold
We must treat water as if it were the most precious thing in the world, the most valuable natural resource. Be economical with water! Don't waste it! We still have time to do something about this problem before it is too late…. The shortage of fresh water is the major ecological problem of this moment. Mikhail Gorbachev
I have never believed we had to choose between either a clean and safe environment or a growing economy. Protecting the health and safety of all Americans doesn’t have to come at the expense of our economy’s bottom line. And creating thriving companies and new jobs doesn’t have to come at the expense of the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, or the natural landscape in which we live. We can, and indeed must, have both. Bill Clinton
I have little need to remind you that water has become one of our major national concerns. Ezra Taft Benson
Thousands have lived without love, not one without water W. H. Auden
Fierce national competition over water resources has prompted fears that water issues contain the seeds of violent conflict. Kofi Annan
Victory will be achieved when . . . citizens ‘understand’ uncertainties in climate science . . . [and] recognition of uncertainties becomes part of the ‘conventional wisdom.’ Petroleum Institute
Climate change is a real thing that is happening in the Maldives. It is not something in the future… We are only 1.5 meters above sea level. Fossil fuel technology is obsolete; it has been around for too long. Mohamed Nasheed
Climate Change is a fact! David Dreier
The hotter summers get, the more we become dependent on air-conditioning, and the more of it we use, which ensures that summers will be even hotter.” Stan Cox
The public domain has been squandered, our coal fields bartered away, our forests denuded, our people impoverished, and we are attempting to build a prosperous commonwealth among people who are being robbed of their homes. James Baird Weaver
How much longer, for instance, can we continue to crowd more and more people into this world? …. How long can we permit the uncontrolled use of the earth's resources when there is no possibility of replacing them? Indeed, how long will it be before we have completely used up everything our lives depend on? These issues are the politics of the future. Neither Republicans nor Democrats have begun to spell out in substantive fashion the means by which we can control population growth, environmental problems, and the conservation of our natural resources. Leo Joseph Ryan Jr.
I do not believe that nuclear power is worth it, if it creates radiation. Hyman Rickover
Global Warming knows no border. It does not discriminate. It affects us all. Lars Lokke Rasmussen
A decision delayed is health protection denied. Richard Deniston
It's never been proven that air toxics are hazardous to people. Tom DeLay
Economics trumps environmentalism, for Democrats and Republicans. David Brooks
Global warming is one contrived, phony mess. Rick Perry
We are introducing compounds into the environment that did not exist only a few decades ago. James Salzman
I consider myself fundamentally more of an environmentalist than many of the environmental groups. We have to come up with new sources of food, new sources of water, new sources of energy. Trying to ignore leading-edge science and technology as a means of getting there is an ostrich approach of burying your head in the sand. Craig Venter
What was once a 100-year flood will happen every 3 to 20 years. And truly catastrophic storms will do damage unimaginable today. Kate Sheppard
Our entire economy is based on waste. We produce stuff we don’t need… How far is this going to go? I have a 5 word answer for you: Zero waste equals zero commerce. Stephen Joseph
Land use is becoming more and more a general national interest and should be as much a study in the cities as in the country. For with the proper use of land, many of our greatest troubles—dust storms, floods, over-production of this and that, would at least be measurably controlled. Eleanor Roosevelt
For the most part we don’t have an immediate impact on the species that surrounds us. But we do have an immediate impact on their habitat which determines whether they survive on in some cases shift their ground. Verlyn Klinkenborg
The sea is a place where every day, half the population eats the other half. Eugenie Clark
We have to stop treating soil like dirt. Wes Jackson
The downsides of fossil fuels, notably their geopolitical and environmental risks, are not fully reflected in their market prices. Jeffrey Bell
… about 30 percent of the value of renewable power tax credits end up benefitting financiers rather than funding renewable energy production. Jeffrey Bell
Historically, countries have made big energy shifts only when confronted with acute fossil-fuel crises: oil embargoes, debilitating pollution, or wars. Jeffrey Bell
The current challenge facing the environmental authorities is how to properly deal with the environmental problems caused by economic development. Zhou Shengxian
China’s air quality is grim, and the amount of pollution emissions far exceeds the environment’s capacity. Zhou Shengxian
China is the world’s second largest economy, but the enormous costs of its growth are becoming apparent. Residents of its boom cities and a growing number of rural regions question the safety of the air they breathe, the water they drink and the food they eat. It is as if they were living in the Chinese equivalent of the Chernobyl or Fukushima nuclear disaster areas. The environmental hazards here are legion, and the consequences might not manifest themselves for years or even decades. Edward Wong
the day the asteroid hit the Yucatan Peninsula and wiped out the dinosaurs, making room for our little primate ancestors to grow big and brainy and to take over the planet. Freeman Dyson
More people have smart phones than clean water Max Levchin
The biggest drag on global growth in the coming decade will be climate change and the failure to adequately deal with the consequences of poverty. Daniel Bradlow
The biggest drag on global growth in the coming decade will be the impact of energy on the environment. Graciela Chichilnisky
Biosolids Environmental Protection Administration
Of what lasting benefit has been man's use of science and of the new instruments which his research brought into existence? First, they have increased his control of his material environment. They have improved his food, his clothing, his shelter; they have increased his security and released him partly from the bondage of bare existence. They have given him increased knowledge of his own biological processes so that he has had a progressive freedom from disease and an increased span of life. They are illuminating the interactions of his physiological and psychological functions, giving the promise of an improved mental health. Science has provided the swiftest communication between individuals; it has provided a record of ideas and has enabled man to manipulate and to make extracts from that record so that knowledge evolves and endures throughout the life of a race rather than that of an individual. Vannevar Bush
Relocating animals would be a major departure from the last half-century of conservation practice in the U. S. Kiera Butler
Our conservation laws are based on static ideas about nature—not landscapes that are rapidly changing because of something humans did. Alejandro Camacho
It's amazing how people can get so excited about a rocket to the moon and not give a damn about smog, oil leaks, the devastation of the environment with pesticides, hunger, disease. When the poor share some of the power that the affluent now monopolize, we will give a damn. Cesar Chavez
The Green Revolution is neither. Megan McArdle
We face huge pressure from Russia; even “Green” people are ready to make some sacrifices. I can’t be an enemy to my nation. Erlandas Paplauskis
Call me a converted skeptic. Prior estimates of the rate of warming were correct … humans are almost entirely the cause. Richard A. Muller
More than half the world’s people live in countries where water tables are falling. Lester R. Brown
We can beat back the forces of climate change, but we must choose to do so. You’re either on the side of your fellow residents of this planet, or you are on the side of the storms as yet unnamed. Christopher L. Hayes
Doing everything the scientists wanted us to do [to protect the environment] would be ruinous. Richard V. Allen
The world we live in is made of an immensely complex and mysterious tissue about which we know very little and which we must treat Vaclav Havel
What a paradox if our own cleverness in science should force us to live underground with the moles. J. William Fulbright
Nature—pitiless in a pitiless universe—is certainly not concerned with the survival of Americans or, for that matter, of any of the two billion people now inhabiting the earth. J. William Fulbright
Those who believe that our economic competitiveness is contingent upon continued environmental pollution should be consigned to live in the proximity of the pollution—preferably in a confined space. John Kenneth Galbraith
The only reason that people will preserve anything in nature is if money can be made off of it. Bryan Fry
The danger of collective catastrophe … is so great as to be in part a certainty. George F. Kennan
You only protect what you love, and you only love what you know. John James Audubon
Those of us concerned with developing new technology should consider ourselves to have a major undertaking to try to meet the expanding needs of the increasing number of people in the world with its finite resources and environments constraints. Harold Chestnut
Pollution Prevention, Not Polluter Protection Not blind opposition to progress, but opposition to blind progress. Sierra Club
Anything that benefits workers, the environment, or the general population is going to reduce their [the corporation’s] profits. David Newby
Environmentalism is a dangerous ideology endangering human freedom. Vaclav Klaus
For twenty five hundred years people have been preoccupied with feelings and mental life, but only recently has any interest been shown in a more precise analysis of the role of the environment. Ignorance of that role led in the first place to mental fictions, and it has been perpetuated by the explanatory practices to which they gave rise B. F. Skinner
I rise today to commemorate one of the most fateful days in the history of the State of Colorado, the day the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant outside of Boulder nearly became America's own Chernobyl, some 30 years before that terrible accident in the Ukraine. Jared Polis
Global warming is socialism in drag. Steve Forbes
There probably were floods when our land was newly settled but before we cut our trees so recklessly they were not so serious. If we go to the headwaters of our rivers and we will find the cause and the results which follow in the wake of man's destructive ignorance. Eleanor Roosevelt
… the action of natural selection upon Man has ... been essentially diminished through the operation of social conditions John Fiske
While Arctic warming is a fait accompli, it should not be taken as a license to recklessly plunder a sensitive environment …. Like it or not, the Arctic is open for business and governments and investors have every reason to get in on the ground floor. Scott Borgerson
Over the last several decades, human activity have so altered the basic chemistry of the seas that they are now experiencing evolution in reverse to the barren primeval waters of hundreds of millions of years ago. Alan B. Sielen
You can’t imagine what it’s like to live in one of the nine counties effected in West Virginia …what it’s like to not have any water except to flush commodes and put out fires….It has devastated this area … everything is closing … no restaurant is allowed to open…, the people are in their homes, the schools are closed. You’re not supposed to take showers and certainly not supposed to drink the tap water…. I smelled it and tasted it, and I knew something was very wrong. Danny Jones
If an unfriendly nation gets into a position to control the large-scale weather patterns before we can, the result could even be more disastrous than nuclear warfare. Howard T. Orville
It is necessary to find a way of reconciling industrialism and ecology, to avoid a hysterical confrontation between new social movements and the production areas of society. Peter Glotz
… work [jobs] and the environment should not be played off against each other. Johannes Rau
The world must now either accept long-term chaos for the sake of short term comforts or make short term sacrifices for the sake of long term comforts. Jorgen Randers
Society can address the environment’s problems only if it regains some control over the flow of investments. Jorgen Randers
… authors generally neglect that growth has lifted billions of people out of grinding poverty and that others may remain poor because of the developed world’s environmental concerns … Bjorn Lomborg
Most research and investment in this area [genetic engineering] is carried out by the private sector, which has little incentive to consider threats to public safety. Stewart M. Patrick
The Nordic governments have adopted a market-friendly approach to regulation. Although they maintain regulations to protect workers, consumers and the environment, they balance those protections with a system that encourages entrepreneurship and flexibility by making it easy to start or close a business, to hire or fire employees, and to adjust work hours. Lane Kenworthy
They go together, a strong environment and a strong economy. In Florida the environment is the economy. Al Gore
Our children should not have to draw the breath of life in a city awash in pollution. Al Gore
The central organizing principle of governments everywhere must be the environment. Al Gore
We should tax what we burn, not what we earn. Al Gore
Reality has a way of intruding upon illusion. Al Gore
The earth is the only home that any of us have—so far, anyway. Isaac Asimov
The advance of genetic engineering makes it quite conceivable that we will begin to design our own evolutionary progress. Isaac Asimov
Growth can also involve producing services instead of goods. In particular, a major expansion of public and caring services (like child care, education, elder care, and other life-affirming programs) would generate huge increases in GDP and incomes, with virtually no impact on the environment. Jim Stanford
You cannot, for instance, sustainably protect the environment if the majority of the people are still in primitive agriculture leading to the encroachment of forest reserves. Yoweri Museveni
To change our laws and culture, the green movement must attract and include the majority of all people, not just the majority of affluent people Van Jones
Formerly, Ireland was a vast forest…. It is now almost destitute of trees. Gustave de Beaumont
Special interests and their allies in Congress will claim that these guidelines will crush the economy and kill jobs. Let’s face it. That’s what they always say. Barack Obama
The thing about climate change is that you’ll never know for sure until it’s way too late. Thomas Friedman
The secret to economic growth lay in the fact that that each generation attacked Nature not only with its own energies and resources, but with the heritage of equipment accumulated by its forebears. Robert Heilbroner
If we don’t enforce the regulations we have, these conversations are useless. Erin Brockovich
Leave it [The Grand Canyon] as it is. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it …. Keep it for your children, your children’s children, and all who come after you, as one of the sights which every American … should see. Theodore Roosevelt
Our forest policy is not to preserve forests because they are beautiful—though that is a good in itself—not to preserve them because they are refuges for wild creatures of the wilderness—though that is a good in itself—but rather to conserve them in order to guarantee a steady and continuous supply of timber, grass, and above all, water. Theodore Roosevelt
Unless government appropriately regulates oil developments and holds oil executives accountable, the public will not trust them to drill, baby, drill. And we must. Sarah Palin
The economic impacts of global warming and climate change are every bit as real as the environmental impact.. Henry Paulson
If you wait until you have all the facts, then it will be too late.. Henry Paulson
In our country are evangelists and zealots of many different political, economic and religious persuasions whose fanatical conviction is that all thought is divinely classified into two kinds -- that which is their own and that which is false and dangerous. Robert Houghwout Jackson
Attention! Land Thieves and Natural Resources Grabbers …. Under [Theodore] Roosevelt any doubt about the power of the Chief Executive to make withdrawals of public land was resolved in favor of the people. Tacoma Times
The purpose of the Conservation movement is to make our country a permanent and prosperous home for ourselves, and for our children, and for our children’s children. Gifford Pinchot
Since the mid-1970s, people have been consuming more resources than the planet’s natural capital can replenish. Jon Hoekstra
God thawed the Arctic so we can drill there. Brian McFadden
The risks brought about by climate change are a major concern. It goes without notice—unless people find out that 12 of the last 13 biggest climatic disorders have occurred in the last 10 years. Christine Lagarde
It is true that, in theory, we can avoid the worst consequences of climate change with an intensive global effort over the next several decades. But given real-world economic and, in particular, political realities, that seems unlikely. Robert N. Stavins
The world is now on track to more than double current greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere by the end of the century. This would push up average global temperatures by three to eight degrees Celsius and could mean the disappearance of glaciers, droughts in the mid-to-low latitudes, decreased crop productivity, increased sea levels and flooding, vanishing islands and coastal wetlands, greater storm frequency and intensity, the risk of species extinction and a significant spread of infectious disease. Robert N. Stavins
The average global temperature has increased by about 0.8 degrees Celsius since 1880, with two-thirds of the warming occurring since 1975. Robert N. Stavins
China may achieve its goal of reducing the carbon intensity of its economy (the ratio of carbon dioxide emissions per unit of output) by 45 percent below its 2005 level by 2020. But the country is growing so fast that its coal consumption and greenhouse gas emissions are expected to continue to increase. China is expected to add the equivalent of a new 500-megawatt coal-fired electric plant every 10 days for the next decade... Robert N. Stavins
They are one of the most profitable industries in the world, and they’re throwing money into Washington DC. They’re buying politicians. Kate Colarulli
The only way we can hope to combat climate change, protect our precious land and water, and prevent future extreme weather disasters is to cut the carbon pollution that’s warming our planet, and replace dirty energy sources with clean, renewable sources. Robert Redford
I do not like to see anything destroyed; any void produced in society; any ruin on the face of the land. Edmund Burke
Nature admits no lie. Thomas Carlyle
Nature is nobody's ally. Herman Melville
We have not done those things that are necessary to lower emissions because those things conflict with deregulated capitalism. We are stuck, because those things that would give us the best chance of averting catastrophe … are extremely threatening to an elite minority that has a strangle-hold over our economy, our political process, and most of our major media outlets. Naomi Klein
No water—no jobs. Shini Somara
In our wildest dreams we never thought water would be a zero-sum game. Joe Del Bosque
There is enough water ... but the systems we have in place do not have enough flexibility to move water to the places where it is most needed. Jim Lochhead
Farmers had resisted transfers of water to cities at least since California’s water wars a century ago.. Eduardo Porter
Paper making was the first of the recycling industries. Guilemme Montgolfier
We have hysteria over climate change. Powers bigger than us have already figured out how to save the earth. Bob Beauprez
Some of you may remember people like Dwight D. Eisenhower. And in my. State we had a whole list of moderate Republicans who actually were concerned about the environment, education, women’s rights. They didn’t have our politics, but they had a deep concern about the welfare of ordinary people. Bernie Sanders
Manufacturers to Green when it makes more Green. Jeffery H. Toney
I have always seen pollution as theft. Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
In the end, we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught. Baba Dioum
anti-woman, anti-immigrant, anti-gay, anti-education, anti-environment. Charles Joseph Crist Jr.
Governor Nelson Rockefeller spent more money in New York to assure clean water than did the entire Federal Government. Richard Norton Smith
As with most politicians, it took a disaster for them to do something. Mohamed Noor
… the brilliance of Coca-Cola capitalism:. By not owning its many distributors and by relying on native intermediaries in foreign nations, Coke could claim that it was a critical component of the local economy. . . . Once embedded in host communities, Coca-Cola became very difficult to dislodge, even in places where it caused serious environmental problems, because killing Coke meant killing jobs. In impoverished communities, . . . the argument of dollars and cents won the day. Bartow J. Elmore
In 2012, Coke used more water than close to a quarter of the world’s population.. Bartow J. Elmore
No challenge is more of a threat to our children than global warming. Barack Obama
Agriculture is the largest source of pollution to the Chesapeake Bay, and is also the cheapest to reduce by far. Many farmers deserve credit for their efforts to stem pollution from their barn yards and fields. But just as those who live in our cities and suburbs are doing more to clean the Bay, so must farmers. Alison Prost
Within only 2,000 years of humanity’s arrival in the New World, indigenous peoples drove to extinction 84 of the 107 genera of large mammals – all before the invention of the wheel, writing or iron tools. Avi Tuschman
Global warming might be the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people. James Inhofe
Global warming is the greatest hoax perpetrated on the American people James Inhofe
When the well is dry, we learn the worth of water. Benjamin Franklin
Oh Beautiful for smoggy skies, insecticided grain, / For strip-mined mountain's majesty above the asphalt plain. / America, America, man sheds his waste on thee, / And hides the pines with billboard signs, from sea to oily sea. George Carlin
There is nothing wrong from divesting from coal. It certainly is immoral to profit from the extraction of fossil fuels... But we ask these college students to just divest. Nothing happens. People just sell their stock. Mike Roselle
We [the Rukus Society] created a culture of resistance where going to jail was considered a privilege. We refused bail, went to jail and took our lumps without complaining. We were confident of the support we had ... Mike Roselle
The conservation movement, the environmental movement as we know it, really needed to adopt some of the tactics that the civil rights movement and the anti-nuclear movement were already using successfully. Mike Roselle
That public parks should exist at all was a radical idea. Nathaniel Rich
Climate science is to this century what eugenics was to the last century. Sarah Palin
Climate does fluctuate. It goes from hot to cold. We have ice ages. David H. Koch
Climate change has been going on as long as the planet is here. There will be a little bit of it. We can’t stop it. Rupert Murdoch
We can turn your bottles back into oil. We can burn it to make energy. Our we can put it in a landfill. There’s a green spectrum. And a cost spectrum. The most green is the most expensive. David P. Steiner
You can improve your education and even change your environment but what you really ARE was all settled when your parents www born. SELECTED PARENTS WILL HAVE BETTER CHILDREN. Society for Biodemography and Social Biology
Government Enviornmental poisitions are tradeoffs. In that process, Democrats tend to worry more about the harm done to the enviornment and the health of the people; Republicans tend to worry more about harm to business and the economy. David Brooks
More countries have agreed to the Paris Climate accords than have ever agreed to anything else in the world. Tom Steyer
If the United States disengages from many issues confronting the international community it will be replaced. Antonio Guterres
We basically have three choices: mitigation, adaptation and suffering. We’re going to do some of each. The question is what the mix is going to be. The more mitigation we do, the less adaptation will be required and the less suffering there will be. John Holdren
We are going to strangle ourselves in our own growth. John Hickenlooper
We need more people with military background [in the conservation field]. The big problem is that the wildlife organizations hate to be seen as militaristic. But people in the United States don't understand the nasty people [poachers] you're dealing with. You have to deal with them in like manner. Nir Kalron
This is a story of government failurew, intransigence, unpreparedness, delay, inaction, and environmental injustice. Flint Water Advisory Taskforce
You either agree to implement the President’s policies or you resign. My conscience would not allow me to implement the withdrawal from the environmental Paris Accords. David Rank

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