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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.
It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.
Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.
I'm not an environmentalist. I'm an Earth warrior.
Take care of the earth and she will take care of you.
Waste not the smallest thing created, for grains of sand make mountains and atomies infinity.
The system of nature, of which man is a part, tends to be self-balancing, self-adjusting, self-cleansing. Not so with technology.
Our modern industrial economy takes a mountain covered with trees, lakes, running streams and transforms it into a mountain of junk, garbage, slime pits, and debris.
We're finally going to get the bill for the Industrial Age. If the projections are right, it's going to be a big one: the ecological collapse of the planet
In an underdeveloped country, don't drink the water, in a developed country, don't breathe the air.
There is sufficiency in the world for man's need but not for man's greed.

-  Mohandas K. Gandhi

Nature provides a free lunch, but only if we control our appetites.

-  William Ruckelshaus, Business Week, 18 June 1990

We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.

-   Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732

The earth will continue to regenerate its life sources only as long as we and all the people of the world do our part to conserve its natural resources. It is a responsibility which every human being shares.

-   Gerald Ford, 1975

We must not be forced to explore the universe in search of a new home because we have made the Earth inhospitable even uninhabitable. For if we do not solve the environmental and related social problems that beset us on Earth- pollution, toxic contamination, resource depletion, prejudice, poverty, hunger – those problems surely accompany us to other worlds.

-   Donald G. Kaufman and Cecilia M. Franz, Biosphere 2000

It isn’t pollution that’s harming the environment. It’s the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.

-  Dan Quayle

The environment is man’s first right. Without a safe environment, man cannot exist to claim other rights, be they political, social, or economic.

-   Dean Rusk

For four-fifths of our history, our planet was populated by pond scum.

-   J. W. Schopf

The reason lightening doesn’t strike twice in the same place is that the same place isn’t there the second time.

-   Willie Tyler

Thank god men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.

-   Henry David Thoreau

The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago… had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands.

-   Havelock Ellis, The Dance of Life, 1923

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

Modern technology Owes ecology An apology.

-   Alan M. Eddison

Don’t blow it – food planets are hard to find.

-   Quoted in Time

Because we don’t think about future generations, they will never forget us.

-   Henrik Tikkanen

I’m an environmentalist. I’m an Earth Warrior.

-   Darryl Cherney, quoted in Smithsonian, April 1990

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, Yosemite National Park Dedication, 1985

Let us… permit nature to take her own way; she better understands her own affairs than we.

-   Montaigne

Your grandchildren will likely find it incredible – or even sinful – that you burned up a gallon of gasoline to fetch a pack of cigarettes!

-  Dr. Paul MacCready, Jr-  .

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.

-   Native American Proverb

There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. WE are all crew.

-   Marshall McLuhan, 1964

Newspapers: dead trees with information smeared on them.

-   Horizon, “Electronic Frontier”

They kill good trees to put out bad newspapers.

-   James G. Watt, quoted in Newsweek, 8 March 1982

I have no doubt that we will be successful in harnessing the sun’s energy…. If sunbeams were weapons of war, we should have had solar energy centuries ago.

-   Sir George Porter, quoted in The Observer, 26 August 1973

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

-   Ralph Nader, quoted in Linda Botts, ed., Loose Talk, 1980

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, A Sand Country Almanac

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

-   Marya Mannes, More in Anger, 1958

I am the earth. You are the earth. The Earth is dying. You and I are murderers.

-   Ymber Delecto

So bleak is the picture… That the bulldozer and not the atomic bomb may turn out to be the most destructive invention of the 20 th century.

-   Philip Shabecoff, New York Times Magazine, 4 June 1978

Economic advance is not the same thing as human progress.

-  John Clapham, A Concise Economic History of Britain, 1957

And Man created the plastic bag and the tin and aluminum can and the cellophane wrapper and the paper plate, and this was good because Man could then take his automobile and buy all his food in one place and He could save that which was good to eat in the refrigerator and throw away that which had no further use. And soon the earth was covered with plastic bags and aluminum cans and paper plates and disposable bottles and there was nowhere to sit down or walk, and Man shook his head and cried: “Look at this Godawful mess.”

-   Art Buchwald, 1970

For 200 years we’ve been conquering Nature. Now we’re beating it to death.

-   Tom McMillan, quoted in Francesca Lyman, The Greenhouse Trap, 1990

If civilization has risen from the Stone Age, it can rise again from the Wastepaper Age.

-   Jacques Barzun, The House of Intellect, 1959

I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.

-   Elwyn Brooks White, Essays of E.B. White, 1977

The insufferable arrogance of human beings to think that Nature was made solely for their benefit, as if it was conceivable that the sun had been set afire merely to ripen men’s apples and head their cabbages.

-   Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac, Etats et empires de la lune, 1656

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, The Natural History, Translated by Philemon Holland

Why do people give each other flowers? To celebrate various important occasions, they’re killing living creatures? Why restrict it to plants? “Sweetheart, let’s make up. Have this deceased squirrel.”

-   The Washington Post

Till now man has been up against Nature; from now on he will be up against his own nature.

-   Dennis Gabor, Inventing the Future, 1964

When you defile the pleasant streams, And the wild bird’s abiding place, You massacre a million dreams ,And cast your spittle in God’s face,

-   John Drinkwater

A virgin forest is where the hand of man has never set foot.

-   Author Unknown

I conceive that the land belongs to a vast family of which many are dead, few are living and countless numbers are still unborn.

-   Author Unknown

When we heal the earth, we heal ourselves.

-   David Orr

We cannot command Nature except by obeying her.

-   Francis Bacon

There is nothing is which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before.

-   Robert Lynd, The Blue Lion and Other Essays

It is imperative to maintain portions of the wilderness untouched so that a tree will rot where it falls, a waterfall will pour its curve without generating electricity, a trumpeter swan may float on uncontaminated water – and moderns may at least see what their ancestors knew in their nerves and blood.

-   Bernand De Voto, Fortune, June 1947

Will urban sprawl spread so far that most people lose all touch with nature? Will the day come when the only bird a typical American child ever sees is a canary in a pet shop window? When the only wild animal he knows is a ratglimpsed on a night drive through some city slum? When the only tree he touches is the cleverly fabricated plastic evergreen that shades his gifts on Christmas morning?

-  Frank N. Ikard, North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, Houston, March 1968

How long can men thrive between walls of brick, walking on asphalt pavements, breathing the fumes of coal and of oil, growing, working, dying with hardly a thought of wind, and sky, and fields of grain seeing only machine-made beauty the mineral-like quality of life?

-   Charles A. Lindbergh, Reader’s Digest November1939

Take care of the earth and she will take care of you.

-   Author Unknown

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

-   E. Knight

The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is man who cleans up the river.

-   Rose Perot

Civilization… wrecks the planet from seafloor to stratosphere.

-   Richard Bach

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

-   Ansel Adams

We say we love flowers, yet we pluck them. We say we love trees, yet we cut them down. And people still wonder why some are afraid when told they are loved.

-   Author Unknown

Take nothing but pictures, Leave nothing but footprints, Kill nothing but time.

-   Motto of the Baltimore Grotto, a caving society

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

-   Pierre Troubetzkoy

For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.

-   Richard P. Feynman

Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.

-   Chief Seattle, 1855

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

-   John Muir

You forget that the fruits belong to all and that the land belongs to no one.

-   Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 1755

Understanding the laws of nature does not mean that we are immune to their operations.

-   David Gerrold

Man has lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall. He will end by destroying the earth.

-   Albert Schweitzer, quoted in James Brabazon, Albert Schweitzer.

Man is a blind, witless, lowbrow anthropocentric cold who inflicts lesions upon the earth

-   Lan McHarg

Man must feel the earth to know himself and recognize his values… God made life simple. It is man who complicates it.

-   Charles A. Lindbergh, Reader’s Digest, July 1972

The control man has secured over nature has far outrun his control over himself.

-   Ernest Jones, The Life and Work of Sigmund Freud, 1953

The magnificence of mountains, the serenity of nature nothing is safe from the idiot marks of man’s passing.

-   Loudon Wainwright

Remember when atmospheric contaminants were romantically called stardust?

-   Lane Olinghouse

If you violet [Nature’s] laws you are your own prosecuting attorney, judge, jury, and hangman.

-   Luther Burbank

Environmentalists have long been fond of staying that the sun is the only safe nuclear reactor, situated, as it is some ninety-three milling miles away.

-   Stephanie Mills, ed., In Praise of Nature, 1990

Our environmental problems originate in the hubris of imaging ourselves as the central nervous system or the brain of nature. We’re not the brain; we are a cancer on nature.

-   Dave Foreman, Harper’s April 1990

The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.

-   Carl Sagan

Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.

-   Henry David Thoreau, “Chesuncook,” The Maine Woods, 1848

Man maketh a death, which Nature never made.

-   Edward Young

It is a curious situation that the sea, from which life first arose, should now be threatened by the activities of one form of that life.

-   Rachel Carson

God forbid that India should ever take to industrialism after the manner of the west… keeping the world in chains. If [our nation] took to similar economic exploitation, it would strip the world bare like locusts.

-   Mahatma Gandhi

God never made his work for man to mend.

-   John Dryden

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

-   Gil Stern

Human consciousness arose but a minute before midnight on the geological clock. Yet we mayflies try to bend an ancient world to our purposes, ignorant perhaps of the messages buried in its long history. Let us hope that we are still in the early morning of our April day.

-   Stephen jay Gould, “The Allotted Lifetimes,” The Panda’s Thumb, 1980

Humanity, is on the march, earth itself is left behind.

-   David Ehrenfeld, The Arrogance of Humanism, 1978

Nature always strikes back. It takes all the running we can do to remain in the same place.

-   Rene Dubos, Medical Utopias, 1961

In its broadcast ecological context, economic development is the development of more intensive ways of exploiting the natural environment.

-   Richard Wilkinson

We have been god-like in the planned breeding of our domesticated plants, but rabbit-like in the unplanned breeding of ourselves.

-   Arnold Toynbee

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

-   Rene Dubos Mirage of Health, 1956

Time and space – time to be alone, space to move about these may well become the great scarcities of tomorrow.

-   Edwin Way Teale, Autumn Across America, 1956

Waste is a tax on the whole people.

-   Albert W. Atwood

It appears to be a law that you cannot have a deep sympathy with both man and nature.

-   Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 1854

We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.

-   Albert Einstein

A margin of life is developed by Nature for all living things- including man. All life forms obey Nature’s demands – except man, who has found ways of ignoring them.

-   Eugene M. Poirot, Our Margin of Life, 1978

After a visit to the beach, it’s hard to believe that we live is a material world.

-   Pam Shaw

Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the birds of the sir and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.

-   Genesis 1:28

For the first time in the history of the world, every human being is now subjected to contact with dangerous chemicals, from the moment of conception until death.

-   Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, 1962

If all mankind were t disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.

-   Edward O. Wilson

Once the sin against God was the greatest sin; but God died, and these sinners died with him. To sin against earth is now the most dreadful thing, and to esteem the entrails of the unknowable higher than the meaning of the earth.

-   Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Racial injustice, war, urban blight, and environmental rape have a common denominator in our exploitative economic system.

-   Channing E. Phillips, speech, Washington, D.C., 22 April 1970

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, Innovations: Scientific, Technological and Social, 1970

The struggle to save the global environment is in one-way much more difficult than the struggle to vanquish Hitler, for this time the war is with ourselves. We are the enemy, just as we have only ourselves as allies.

-   Al Gore

Give a man a fish, and he can eat for a day. But teach a man how to fish, and he’ll be dead of mercury poisoning inside of three years.

-   Charles Haas

The system of nature, of which man is a part, tends to be self-balancing, self-adjusting, self-cleaning. Not so with technology.

-   E.F. Schumacher, Small is Beautiful, 1973

There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet.

-   Brooke Medicine Eagle

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

-   Theodore Roosevelt, seventh annual message3 December 1907

Our modern industrial economy takes a mountain covered with trees, lakes, and running streams and transforms it into a mountain of junk, garbage, slime pits and debris.

-   Edward Abbey

We shall continue to have a worsening ecologic crisis until we reject the Christian axiom that nature has no reason for existence save to serve man.

-   Lynn White, Jr., “The Historical Roots of Our Ecologic Crisis,” 1967

We’re finally going to get the bill for the Industrial Age. If the projections are right, it’s going to be a bid one: the ecological collapse of the planet.

-   Jeremy Rifkin, World Press Review, 30 December 1989

In an underdeveloped country, don’t drink the water; in a developed country, don’t breathe the air.

-   Changing Times magazine

Every day is Earth Day.

-   Author Unknown

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

-   Rachel Carson

A human being, unlike a laboratory animal living under rigidly controlled conditions, is never exposed to one chemical alone… we are subject to multiple exposures…. This is a problem of ecology, of interrelationships, or interdependence.

-   Rachel Carson

But man is a part of nature, and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself…. [We are] challenged as mankind has never been challenged before to prove ours maturity and our mastery, not of nature, but of ourselves.

-   Rachel Carson

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