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
If all mankind were to 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
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

"We have forgotten how to be good guests, how to walk lightly on the earth as its other creatures do."~ Barbara Ward

Take care of the earth and she will take care of you. ~Author Unknown

"Nature provides a free lunch, but only if we control our appetites."~ William Ruckelshaus, first EPA Adminstrator, (1970-1973 and 1983-1985), Business Week, June 18, 1990.

"For many of us, water simply flows from a faucet, and we think little about it beyond this point of contact. We have lost a sense of respect for the wild river, for the complex workings of a wetland, for the intricate web of life that water supports." ~Sandra Postel, Last Oasis: Facing Water

"He who knows what sweets and virtues are in the ground, the waters, the plants, the heavens, and how to come at these enchantments, is the rich and royal man."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), Essays, Second Series, 1844
"When the well's dry, we know the worth of water."
~Benjamin Franklin, (1706-1790), Poor Richard's Almanac.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
~ Margaret Mead (1901-1978) quoted in John M. Richardson, Making it Happen, 1982


"To halt the decline of an ecosystem, it is necessary to think like an ecosystem."~ Douglas P. Wheeler, EPA Journal, September-October 1990

"Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed."~Mohandas K. Gandhi quoted in EF Schumacher, Small is Beautiful.
"It is our collective and individual responsibility to protect and nurture the global family, to support its weaker members and to preserve and tend to the environment in which we all live."~Dalai Lama

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. ~Native American Proverb
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

We cannot command Nature except by obeying her. ~Francis Bacon

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

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


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