Environmental Degradation 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

Arundhati Roy
“At times there's something so precise and mathematically chilling about nationalism.

Build a dam to take away water AWAY from 40 million people. Build a dam to pretend to BRING water to 40 million people. Who are these gods that govern us? Is there no limit to their powers?”
Arundhati Roy, The Cost of Living

Grant Morrison
“We are the hands and eyes and ears, the sensitive probing feelers through which the emergent, intelligent universe comes to know its own form and purpose. We bring the thunderbolt of meaning and significance to unconscious matter, blank paper, the night sky. We are already divine magicians, already supergods. Why shouldn't we use all our brilliance to leap in as many single bounds as it takes to a world beyond ours, threatened by overpopulation, mass species extinction, environmental degradation, hunger, and exploitation? Superman and his pals would figure a way out of any stupid cul-de-sac we could find ourselves in - and we made Superman, after all. All it takes is that one magic word.”
Grant Morrison, Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human

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

Derrick Jensen
“The global industrial economy is the engine for massive environmental degradation and massive human (and nonhuman) impoverishment.”
Derrick Jensen, Endgame, Vol. 1: The Problem of Civilization

Charles Dickens
“But the sun itself, however beneficent, generally, was less kind to Coketown than hard frost, and rarely looked intently into any of its closer regions without engendering more death than life. So does the eye of Heaven itself become an evil eye, when incapable or sordid hands are interposed between it and the thing it looks upon to bless.”
Charles Dickens, Hard Times

Sarah Palin
“God's will has to be done, in unifying people and companies to get that gas line built, so pray for that.”
Sarah Palin

Stephen Jenkinson
“Having a conscience now is a grief-soaked proposition”
Stephen Jenkinson

Sheniz Janmohamed
“What melody will our rivers remember if songbirds forget how to sing?”
Sheniz Janmohamed, Firesmoke

Sarah Palin
“Unless government appropriately regulates oil developments and holds oil executives accountable, the public will not trust them to drill, baby, drill. And we must!”
Sarah Palin

Lailah Gifty Akita
“The love for God is the love to protect the environment.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Laziness has made our cities unclean. If we begin to work and act appropriately, we will clean our cities of any dirt.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

Lailah Gifty Akita
“The city is dirty due to the laziness of the citizens in the country.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Lailah Gifty Akita
“he citizens must begin to work to clean the city and country of any dirt.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Living in filth is dark doom. The light of awaken leads to cleanliness.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Lailah Gifty Akita
“If human beings cannot inhabit the earth, where else could they live?”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Sandra Dallas
“Still, who knew how the old mountain took retribution for having its insides clawed out.”
Sandra Dallas, Whiter Than Snow

Steven Magee
“The human skin evolved in a natural electromagnetic radiation environment and is now in a very unnatural man-made one that is making many people sick.”
Steven Magee, Electrical Forensics

Steven Magee
“Ionizing smoke detectors unnaturally raise the background radiation levels in the human environment.”
Steven Magee, Electrical Forensics

“If men would understand and appreciate the good efforts that went into creation and how beautiful, good and awesome the creations were at the beginning, they would never think of undermining the Creators effort and integrity by destroying the beauty of nature! God is watching us!”
Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

A.J. Vosse
“Man’s ingenuity always seems to help him rape the land… faster!”
AJ Vosse

Hope Jahren
“America may say that it values science, but it sure as hell doesn't want to pay for it. Within environmental science in particular, we see the crippling effects that come from having been resource-hobbled for decades: degrading farmland, species extinction, progressive deforestation...The list goes on and on.”
Hope Jahren, Lab Girl

“Every new source from which man has increased his power on earth has been used to diminish the prospects of his successors. All his progress has been made at the expense of damage to his environment which he cannot repair and could not foresee.”
C.D. Darlington, The Evolution of Man and Society

Claire North
“In the Amazon, you may walk for days without seeing a tree; in Beijing, the air is the colour of a bruise. Three thousand miles of litter floats in the Atlantic Ocean, plastic bags and old nappies, bumping against the side of the ships... I sat before a committee in Brussells and they said, ‘What do you want us to do about it? If we change now, we’ll destroy our own economies,’ and I said, ‘You have destroyed your own world’
Claire North, The End of the Day

Elizabeth Kolbert
“We’ve got to hope that somehow it’s all going to come together,” Paul Crump, a herpetologist from the Houston Zoo who was directing the stalled waterfall project, told me. “We’ve got to hope that something will happen, and we’ll be able to piece it all together, and it will all be as it once was, which now that I say it out loud sounds kind of stupid.”
Elizabeth Kolbert, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

William Faulkner
“Because this is my land. I can feel it, tremendous, still primeval, looming, musing downward upon the tent, the camp—this whole puny evanescent clutter of human sojourn which after our two weeks will vanish, and in another week will be completely healed, traceless in this unmarked solitude. It is mine, though I have never owned a foot of it, and never will. I have never wanted to, not even after I saw that it is doomed, not even after I began to watch it retreat year by year before the onslaught of axe and saw and log-lines and then dynamite and plow. Because there was never any one for me to acquire and possess it from because it had belonged to no one man. It belonged to all; we had only to use it well, humbly, and with pride.”
William Faulkner, Big Woods

Luke Eastwood
“Humanity cannot keep expanding in numbers and relentless destruction and still expect everything to be ‘ok’. We moved far beyond ‘ok’ a very long time ago, the world is in crisis because of us. To believe otherwise is dangerous and delusional. In this finite world we have only two choices - to change ourselves to fit within it or die out.”
Luke Eastwood

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