Environmental Conservation Quotes

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Naomi Klein
“Because, underneath all of this is the real truth we have been avoiding: climate change isn’t an “issue” to add to the list of things to worry about, next to health care and taxes. It is a civilizational wake-up call. A powerful message—spoken in the language of fires, floods, droughts, and extinctions—telling us that we need an entirely new economic model and a new way of sharing this planet. Telling us that we need to evolve.”
Naomi Klein

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

“We are seeds as well as parasites to the earth. We can either give or take, depending on our perception of growth.”
Zephyr McIntyre

Edward Abbey
“This sweet virginal primitive land will metaphorically breathe a sigh of relief --like a whisper of wind--when we are all and finally gone and the place and its creations can return to their ancient procedures unobserved and undisturbed by the busy, anxious, brooding consciousness of man.”
Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire

Edward Abbey
“How to pry the tourists out of their automobiles, out of their back-breaking upholstered mechanized wheelchairs and onto their feet, onto the strange warmth and solidity of Mother Earth again? This is the problem which the Park Service should confront directly, not evasively, and which it cannot resolve by simply submitting and conforming to the automobile habit.”
Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire

Edward Abbey
“Water, water, water... There is no shortage of water in the desert but exactly the right amount...unless you try to establish a city where no city should be.”
Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire

David Brower
“If I could go back to a point in history to try to get things to come out differently, I would go back and tell moses to go up the mountain again and get the other tablet. Because the Ten Commandments just tell us what we are supped to do with one another, not a word about our relationship to the earth. Genesis starts with these commands: multiply, replenish the earth, and subdue it. We have multiplied very well, we have replenished our populations very well, we have subdued it all too well, and we don’t have any other instruction.”
David Brower

“What obligation is more binding than to protect the cherished, to defend whoever or whatever cannot defend itself, and to nurture in turn that which has given nourishment? I’m reminded of words written by John Seed, an Australian environmentalist. When he began considering these questions, he believed, “I am protecting the rain forest.” But as his thought evolved, he realized, “I am part of the rain forest protecting myself.”
Richard Nelson, The Island Within

Lyanda Lynn Haupt
“We are being called upon to act against a prevailing culture, to undermine our own entrenched tendency to accumulate and to consume, and to refuse to define our individuality by our presumed ability to do whatever we want.”
Lyanda Lynn Haupt, Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness

Lyanda Lynn Haupt
“I am no ecological Pollyana. I have borne, and will continue to bear, feelings of wholehearted melancholy over the ecological state of the earth. How could I not? How could anyone not? But I am unwilling to become a hand-wringing nihilist, as some environmental 'realists' seem to believe is the more mature posture. Instead, I choose to dwell, as Emily Dickinson famously suggested, in possibility, where we cannot predict what will happen but we make space for it, whatever it is, and realize that our participation has value. This is grown-up optimism, where our bondedness with the rest of creation, a sense of profound interaction, and a belief in our shared ingenuity give meaning to our lives and actions on behalf of the more-than-human world.”
Lyanda Lynn Haupt, Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness

Tamuna Tsertsvadze
“It is not the Earth that has problems, it is us. We are like parasites on this planet - Mother Earth nurtures us, and we instead pollute her. This is my shout-out to everyone out there who's listening to this - people, our planet is dying. We must all stand together and find the means to protect it. It is the planet that is the best for us to live in, so we must care for it.”
Tamuna Tsertsvadze, Earth-chan and Friends

Banani Ray
“Trees are great messengers of peace. One of the worst crimes of modern humankind is indiscriminate cutting down of the trees, and forests, in the pursuit of establishing civilization. No wonder, that modern civilized society has everything but peace.”
Banani Ray, Meditation Walking the Path of Peace: A Guidebook for Stress Free Living

Mehmet Murat ildan
“All forests in the world need to be given the same name, so that people can understand that there is only one forest in the world and that every burning forest is his own forest, no matter where in the world!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Joyfully we undertake our daily work.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

Mehmet Murat ildan
“The world was a clean place until we polluted it! Now, the world will remain dirty until we clean it!”
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

Abhijit Naskar
“If we don't have a place for nature in our heart, how can we expect nature to have a place for us.”
Abhijit Naskar, When Veins Ignite: Either Integration or Degradation

Lili Wilkinson
“Anarcho-primitivists. We acknowledge that the human race is over - we're tumbling into ecological catastrophe. The only way for us to survive is by reverting to our natural hunter-gatherer state.”
Lili Wilkinson, Green Valentine

Fred Magdoff
“Green Capitalism", even if products are produced using the utmost environmental care and designed for easy reuse, offers not way out of a system that must expand exponentially and thus, continue to ratchet up its use of natural resources, its chemical pollution, its contaminated sewage sludge, its garbage, and its many other toxic substances. Some of these "fixes" will probably slow down the rate of environmental destruction, but the magnitude of the needed changes dwarfs these approaches.”
Fred Magdoff, What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know about Capitalism: A Citizen's Guide to Capitalism and the Environment

Mehmet Murat ildan
“Unless we humans respect and protect the homes of all non-human living beings, we will never deserve to live in the houses we have built by occupying their living spaces!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Pulkit Sharma
“Caring for our environment is an integral part of spirituality. Therefore, let us invoke God not only in our closed meditation rooms but also try and see the divinity in every aspect of our environment.”
Pulkit Sharma

“Poverty creates cruelty and suffering for humans, animals and the environment. We must address it to save our world.”
Eileen Anglin

Greg Graffin
“By demonstrating in our laws and policies that nature is a process, not a thing to be exploited, we will say to future generations that we have learned something from the study of natural science and that we care about something greater than our own selfish needs. And then we will be remembered by later generations for our wisdom rather than our rapacity.”
Greg Graffin, Anarchy Evolution: Faith, Science, and Bad Religion in a World Without God

Theodore Roosevelt
“There is nothing more practical in the end than the preservation of beauty”
Theodore Roosevelt

“As a seed shoots, sunshine beckons it forward,  bending to grow, a journey of thousands if not millions of years to form an old growth hollow surviving for another life. - Rosemary Race”
Rosemary Race

Mehmet Murat ildan
“Tomorrow, a virus can come up and start killing only the animals! Or an asteroid can threaten all the lives on earth! Earth needs humans, no doubt, because only the humans have the capacity to prevent some future natural or cosmic disasters! But what kind of humans? Earth needs eco-friendly humans, not stupid greedy capitalists!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

“What we need is a new kind of environmentalism, defined not by saying no but by saying yes. I call this new era the “era of convergence”—defined by the coming together of two of the most powerful forces in the country today: the environmental movement and the free enterprise system. Only by embracing the tools of the marketplace will we be able to mobilize the capital we need to protect the huge landscapes that are at risk.”
Daniel C Esty, A Better Planet Lib/E: Forty Big Ideas for a Sustainable Future

“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

Mehmet Murat ildan
“Now the only hope for the salvation of nature is that mankind, who had done great evil by destroying nature in the past, now understands that it must do the opposite!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Abhijit Naskar
“Environment and development must go hand in hand, one cannot be sacrificed for the sake of the other.”
Abhijit Naskar, When Veins Ignite: Either Integration or Degradation

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