Environmental Quotes

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Henry David Thoreau
“He who hears the rippling of rivers in these degenerate days will not utterly despair.”
Henry David Thoreau

Elizabeth I
“The use of sea and air is common to all; neither can a title to the ocean belong to any people or private persons, forasmuch as neither nature nor public use and custom permit any possession therof.”
Queen Elizabeth I, Letters

“Pick a leader who will keep jobs in your country by offering companies incentives to hire only within their borders, not one who allows corporations to outsource jobs for cheaper labor when there is a national employment crisis. Choose a leader who will invest in building bridges, not walls. Books, not weapons. Morality, not corruption. Intellectualism and wisdom, not ignorance. Stability, not fear and terror. Peace, not chaos. Love, not hate. Convergence, not segregation. Tolerance, not discrimination. Fairness, not hypocrisy. Substance, not superficiality. Character, not immaturity. Transparency, not secrecy. Justice, not lawlessness. Environmental improvement and preservation, not destruction. Truth, not lies.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Wangari Maathai
“The generation that destroys the environment is not the generation that pays the price. That is the problem.”
Wangari Maathai

“Pick a leader who will not only bail out banks and airlines, but also families from losing their homes -- or jobs due to their companies moving to other countries. Pick a leader who will fund schools, not limit spending on education and allow libraries to close. Pick a leader who chooses diplomacy over war. An honest broker in foreign relations. A leader with integrity, one who says what they mean, keeps their word and does not lie to their people. Pick a leader who is strong and confident, yet humble. Intelligent, but not sly. A leader who encourages diversity, not racism. One who understands the needs of the farmer, the teacher, the doctor, and the environmentalist -- not only the banker, the oil tycoon, the weapons developer, or the insurance and pharmaceutical lobbyist.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“Pick a leader who is strong and confident, yet humble. Intelligent, but not sly. A leader who encourages diversity, not racism. One who understands the needs of the farmer, the teacher, the welder, the doctor, and the environmentalist -- not only the banker, the oil tycoon, the weapons developer, or the insurance and pharmaceutical lobbyist.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Ramez Naam
“The world has a very serious problem, my friend' Shiva went on. 'Poor children still die by their millions. Westerners and the global rich -- like me -- live in post-scarcity society, while a billion people struggle to get enough to eat. And we're pushing the planet towards a tipping point, where the corals die and the forests burn and life becomes much, much harder. We have the resources to solve those problems, even now, but politics and economics and nationalism all get in the way. If we could access all those minds, though...”
Ramez Naam, Crux

John F. Kennedy
“Every inhabitant of this planet must contemplate the day when this planet may no longer be habitable .. The weapons of war must be abolished before they abolish us.”
John F. Kennedy

Joni L. James
“Who will bear witness to these small islands and oases of wildness as land is divided and sold to become strip malls, housing developments,and parking lots? What happens to the natural history here? We must bear witness.”
Joni L. James, Dancing With Herons: Bearing Witness to Local Natural History

Lois Lenski
“A hard lesson had been learned--that man himself suffers most when his hand despoils the earth and robs it of its legitimate fruits.”
Lois Lenski, Texas Tomboy

Lois Lenski
“A new respect for Nature had been learned, a new kinship with sun and water and soil....They had learned that while Nature is often beautiful and kind, her laws must be respected, for they are ruthless and inexorable as well. Man must accept these laws and adjust his way of living to them. Then only can he prosper.”
Lois Lenski, Texas Tomboy

Steven Magee
“The biggest environmental change I noticed during COVID-19 was the absence of airplanes in the sky.”
Steven Magee

Mehmet Murat ildan
“If you want to build a house in the forest, make a house that the forest will love too!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

“The organic and inorganic structures supporting human life are changing. Breathtaking technological developments, coupled with rapid advances in medicine, supported a dramatic explosion in the human population worldwide. Increases in human population placed pressure upon the habitat. Lack of foresight and commercial ogres fused to a consumptive consumer mentality fostered a radical reduction in habitat for other creatures and spawned a predictable environmental crisis. Commercial enterprises nimbly renamed the “environmental crisis” the “energy crisis,” effectively downplaying the dramatic cost inflicted upon the ecosystem in the name of preserving cheap energy sources for Americans. We live on the brink of impending disaster. Nonetheless, we must carry on. It is humankind’s greatest challenge to place our self-gratification in check in order to ensure that our species and other creatures survive the violent onslaught raging against the ecosystem. Despite the rapid expansion of new technology, which alters how human beings live and communicate with each other, the fundamental challenge of humanity remains consistent. Every generation must address how to live a purposeful life, one filled with joy and contentment.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

“Mother trees have an effect on the oceans as well, as Katsuhiko Matsunaga and his team in Japan had confirmed. The leaves, when they fall in the autumn, contain a very large, complex acid called fulvic acid. When the leaves decompose, the fulvic acid dissolves into the moisture of the soil, enabling the acid to pick up iron. This process is called chelation. The heavy, iron-containing fulvic acid is now ready to travel, leaving the home ground of the mother tree and heading for the ocean. In the ocean it drops the iron. Hungry algae, like phytoplankton, eat it, then grow and divide; they need iron to activate a body-building enzyme called nitrogenase. This set of relationships is the feeding foundation of the ocean This is what feeds the fish and keeps the mammals of the sea, like the whale and the otter healthy.”
Diana Beresford-Kroeger, To Speak for the Trees: My Life's Journey from Ancient Celtic Wisdom to a Healing Vision of the Forest

Noora Ahmed Alsuwaidi
“I was getting ready for school when I heard mom says, “What happened to the plants?”
“What happened to them?!” asked Dad.
“Someone missed with all the herbs!” replied Mom.
So, I head to our new planted pots, and I saw what I would never want to see. Out plants were smashed, and the soil has been dug.
It was a total mess.”
Noora Ahmed Alsuwaidi, My Garden Visitor

Jonathan Crary
“The more one identifies with the insubstantial electronic surrogates for the physical self, the more one seems to conjure an exemption from the biocide underway everywhere on the planet. At the same time, one becomes chillingly oblivious to the fragility and transience of actual living things.”
Jonathan Crary, 24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep

Steven Magee
“Kindness is researching the biological harm of environmental radiation on a global population of over seven billion people.”
Steven Magee

Kate Raworth
“…environmental quality is higher where income is more equitably distributed, where more people are literate, and civil and political rights are better respected. It’s people power, not economic growth persay, that protects local air and water quality. Likewise, it is citizen pressure on government and companies for more stringent standards, not the mere increase in revenue that compels industries to switch to cleaner technologies.”
Kate Raworth, Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist

“But what matters most is the aspiration to live in balance with nature, "walk lightly on the land," treat the earth as a mother. No surprise that to such a morality most industrial processes, work schedules, and products are suspect!”
Ernest Callenbach, Ecotopia

Steven Magee
“SpaceX is in the process of creating the greatest environmental catastrophe I have ever witnessed.”
Steven Magee

Mehmet Murat ildan
“There is no one as hypocritical as a man who massacred a tree in one place and cooled in the shadow of a tree in another place!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Steven Magee
“The last plague before COVID-19 occurred over a century ago when there was little man-made wireless radiation, no man-made satellites or widespread electrification of homes and it lasted two years. Factoring in the environmental exposures from modern technologies, this pandemic may last much longer.”
Steven Magee

“And the response to people who say you can’t go back… Well, what happens if you get to the cliff and you take one step forward… or you make a 180 degree turn and then take one step forward? Which way are you going? Which way is progress?”
Doug Tompkins

Rae Knightly
“What could one child do for the realm of the sea?”
Rae Knightly, Ben Archer and the World Beyond

Steven Magee
“I associate California with smoke inhalation.”
Steven Magee

Steven Magee
“Come to California...and breathe the toxic smoke!”
Steven Magee

Steven Magee
“The California forest fires may lead to increased disease rates in their population.”
Steven Magee

Steven Magee
“A world without forests will likely be a world without humans.”
Steven Magee

Mehmet Murat ildan
“Yes, even if we make the world a clean world again, we definitely need another liveable world because having a backup is always clever!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

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