Climate Quotes

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Horatius
“Caelum non animum mutant qui trans mare currunt.
(They change their sky, not their soul, who rush across the sea.)”
Horace, The Odes of Horace

George Monbiot
“Progress is measured by the speed at which we destroy the conditions that sustain life.”
George Monbiot

Tony Blair
“If we take all this actions and if it turns out not be true, we have reduced pollution and have better ways to live, the downside is very small. The other way around, and we don’t act, and it turns out to be true, then we have betrayed future generations and we don’t have the right to do that.”
Tony Blair

“Birds cough out their lungs, fly with regret to places where their feet no longer freeze in ice. Birds start falling. Bees lie dying.”
Mary Flanagan, Ghost Sentence

Elisa Gabbert
“Often, when something bad happens, I have a strange, instinctual desire for things to get even worse—I think of a terrible outcome and then wish for it. I recognize the pattern, but I don’t understand it. It’s as though my mind is running simulations and can’t help but prefer the most dramatic option—as though, in that eventuality, I could enjoy it from the outside.”
Elisa Gabbert, The Unreality of Memory: And Other Essays

Steven Magee
“With great power comes great pollution.”
Steven Magee

Steven Magee
“Nature is life and discovery is death.”
Steven Magee

Steven Magee
“Mankind is tampering with the fabric of nature and it is not working out well for them.”
Steven Magee

Steven Magee
“2020 will bring clarity to the global population of planet Earth.”
Steven Magee

E. Kirsten Peters
“To geologists, it's death, taxes, and climate change that are the true constants of life on Earth.”
E. Kirsten Peters, The Whole Story of Climate: What Science Reveals About the Nature of Endless Change

Sally Gillespie
“The end of the climate emergency story is unknown. Each of us is a teller and a participant. The more perspectives and sensibilities we can bring to it, the richer the tale and its possible directions. We cannot choose the times we live in , but we can choose the stories we tell and live by,”
Sally Gillespie, Climate Crisis and Consciousness: Re-Imagining Our World and Ourselves

Charles Eisenstein
“We must remember that purposive change is possible beyond what we direct ourselves. We must remember that this is not a fight we can win just by fighting.”
Charles Eisenstein, Climate: A New Story

Steven Magee
“Working in the USA gave me a larger salary, a warm and sunny climate, and access to one of the world’s worst social security systems.”
Steven Magee

Steven Magee
“While people like to talk about climate change and global warming, I prefer to talk about the fruition of these which is human disease.”
Steven Magee

Steven Magee
“Living in a nice sunny climate helps with being disabled without disability benefits.”
Steven Magee

Steven Magee
“I consider myself fortunate that I will not live long enough to see the worst effects of global warming and climate change.”
Steven Magee

Steven Magee
“We are walking along the path to extinction.”
Steven Magee

Kim Stanley Robinson
“History is humankind trying to get a grip. Obviously its not easy. But it could go better if you would pay a little more attention to certain details, like for instance your planet.”
Kim Stanley Robinson, New York 2140

Steven Magee
“Come to California...and burn!”
Steven Magee

Noam Chomsky
“Neoliberalism is a driving force causing the climate crisis. This is because neoliberalism is a variant of classic liberalism, and classical liberalism builds from the idea that everyone should be granted maximum freedom to pursue their self-interest within capitalist market settings. But neoliberalism also diverges substantially from classical liberalism, and therefore also from the basic premises of orthodox economics that free markets, left to their own devices, will produce outcomes that are superior to government interventions. Here is the problem with neoliberalism, when counterposed against a purely free market model celebrated by economic orthodoxy. That is, what really occurs in practice under neoliberalism is that governments allow giant corporations to freely pursue profit opportunities to the maximum extent. But then government fixers arrive on the scene to bail out the corporations whenever their profits might be threatened. This amounts to socialism for capitalists, and harsh, free market capitalism for everyone else.”
Noam Chomsky, The Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal: The Political Economy of Saving the Planet

“Love is the only durable glue that can hold us all together in this world. Without it, we will continue to live in a climate of instability.”
Christine E. Szymanki

Barbara Kingsolver
“This butterfly forest was a great breathing beast. Monarchs covered the trunks like orange fish scales. Sometimes the wings all moved slowly in unison. Once while she and Ovid were working in the middle of all that, he had asked her what was the use of saving a world that had no soul left in it. Continents without butterflies, seas without coral reefs, he meant. What if all human effort amounted basically to saving a place for ourselves to park? He had confessed these were not scientific thoughts.”
Barbara Kingsolver, Unsheltered: Free EBook Sampler

Jason Hickel
“Ecosystems are complex networks. They can be remarkably resilient under stress, but when certain key nodes begin to fail, knock-on effects reverberate through the web of life. This is how mass extinction events unfolded in the past. It’s not the external shock that does it – the meteor or the volcano: it’s the cascade of internal failures that follows. It can be difficult to predict how this kind of thing plays out. Things like tipping points and feedback loops make everything much riskier than it otherwise might be. This is what makes climate breakdown so concerning.”
Jason Hickel, Less is More: How Degrowth Will Save the World

Cynthia Barnett
“Searching in an ancient rain-fed lake in northern India, paleoclimatologists using radiocarbon dating have discovered that 4,100 years ago, the summer monsoons began a rapid decline. They did not return to normal for two centuries.

For an unimaginable two hundred years, the Harappan region saw hardly any rain. Around the same time in China, Egypt, and Mesopotamia, the three other earliest-known civilizations also were lost to the dry sands of history.”
Cynthia Barnett, Rain: A Natural and Cultural History

Paul Kingsnorth
“Now a familiar human story is being played out. It is a story of a people who believed, for a long time, that their actions did not have consequence. It is the story of how that people will cope with the crumbling of their own myth. It is our story.”
Paul Kingsnorth

Lucy Ellmann
“What riches there once were, what beauties! Raindrops on roses and crop tops on cuties. Now it's just tear gas and water hoses, and Mexican children tied up with strings. These are a few of their favourite things. Quarry every mountain, wreck every stream.”
Lucy Ellmann, Things Are Against Us

“Quiero señalar otra cuestión importante sobre las 29.404 muertes del año 2013. El clima ya no es una de las principales causas de mortalidad, gracias sobre todo a los combustibles fósiles. En cambio, todavía hay mil trescientos millones de personas que viven sin electricidad y una gran mayoría de ellas sufrirán una muerte prematura, un problema que sólo podría resolverse usando más combustibles fósiles. No sólo estamos ignorando la cuestión de conjunto cuando convertimos el cambio climático en la obsesión de nuestra cultura, sino además nos hemos propuesto «combatir» ese cambio climático rechazando el arma que ha reducido su peligrosidad de manera espectacular.

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No hemos recibido un clima seguro y lo hemos transformado en algo peligroso; hemos recibido un clima peligroso y lo hemos convertido en mucho más seguro. La civilización de la energía, y no la metereología, es el eje impulsor de la habitabilidad climática. Pase lo que pase, el clima siempre será peligroso por su propia naturaleza, y la pregunta clave siempre será si poseemos la capacidad de lidiar con él o, mejor aún, si somos capaces de dominarlo.”
Alex Epstein, The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

“Earth preserves our remains and absorbs them when we die. The question is, what will preserve the remains of earth, our planet when it dies? Climate change is the real deal. Let's act now or regret it later; it's that simple.”
Emmanuel Apetsi, Life isn't just about writing code, write your life in code

“Earth preserves our remains and absorbs them when we die. The question is, what will preserve the remains of earth, our planet when it dies? Climate change is the real deal. Let's act now or regret it later; it's that simple.”
Emmanuel Apetsi

Carl Sagan
“A few million years ago, when human beings first evolved on Earth, it was already a middle-aged world, 4.6 billion years along from the catastrophes and impetuosities of its youth. But we humans now represent a new and perhaps decisive factor. Our intelligence and our technology have given us the power to affect the climate. How will we use this power? Are we willing to tolerate ignorance and complacency in matters that affect the entire human family? Do we value short-term advantages above the welfare of the Earth? Or will we think on longer time scales, with concern for our children and our grandchildren, to understand and protect the complex life-support systems of our planet? The Earth is a tiny and fragile world. It needs to be cherished.”
Carl Sagan, Cosmos

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