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“We’ve got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?”                              

— Lee Iacocca, CEO/Chairman, Chrysler Corporation, 1979-1992

The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun.”

— Ralph Nader

“The American people have a right to air that they and their children can breathe without fear.”

— Lyndon Baines Johnson

A society is defined not only by what it creates, but by what it refuses to destroy.”

— John Sawhill, former president/CEO of The Nature Conservancy

“I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?”

— Robert Redford , actor, at Yosemite National Park dedication, 1985

Only when the last tree has been cut down,

Only when the last river has been poisoned,           
Only when the last fish has been caught,
Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.

— Cree Indian Prophecy

Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.”

— Edward Abbey

Space travel has given us a new appreciation for the Earth. We realize that the Earth is special. We’ve seen it from afar. We realize that the Earth is the only natural home for man we know of, and that we had better protect it.”

— James Erwin, US astronaut

“The consensus is that the threat to our health and security comes [not from natural resource depletion but rather] from the byproducts of production and consumption of non-renewable resources.”

— Stephen D’Esposito, president, Earthworks/Mineral Policy Center

Only when I saw the Earth from space, in all its ineffable beauty and fragility, did I realize that humankind’s most urgent task is to cherish and preserve it for future generations.”

— Sigmund Jahn, German cosmonaut

True wisdom consists in not departing from nature and in molding our conduct according to her laws and model.”

— Seneca, ancient Roman writer

“Now I truly believe that we in this generation must come to terms with nature, and I think we’re challenged, as mankind has never been challenged before, to prove our maturity and our mastery, not of nature but of ourselves.”

— Rachel Carson, author, Silent Spring

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.”          

— Mahatma Gandhi

“That’s human nature. Nobody does anything until it’s too late.”

— Michael Crichton, from the novel Prey

The good Earth—we could have saved it, but we were too damn cheap and lazy.”

— Kurt Vonnegut, from the book A Man Without a Country

“Climate change is and will be a significant threat to our national security and in a larger sense to life on earth as we know it to be.”

— Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, retired , former U.S. Army chief of staff

To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them.”

— Theodore Roosevelt

“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, Senegalese conservationist

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.”

— John Muir, from My First Summer in the Sierra

Every eight months, nearly 11 million gallons of oil run off our streets and driveways into our waters—the equivalent of the Exxon Valdez oil spill.”

— “America’s Living Oceans”
[Pew Oceans Report, 2003]

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

— Jacques Cousteau

“There’s so much pollution in the air now that if it weren’t for our lungs there’d be no place to put it all.”

— Robert Orben

Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.”

— Hal Borland

“I think God’s going to come down and pull civilization over for speeding.”

— Steven Wright


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