I often thank God that there are wildernesses left, wild spots where profit has no dominion. The Oak-wood," Modern technology An apology.
Eddison You think you can fix everything, change everything. But there will come a day when things cannot be fixed. And, you know what, it will be a day just like today. Gandhi There's so much pollution in the air now that if it weren't for our lungs there'd be no place to put it all. You can leave the corpse for all to see, and nobody calls the cops. When a man throws a billboard across a view, he is richly rewarded.
I'm an Earth warrior. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend? We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.
We are all crew. Watt, quoted in Newsweek, 8 March I have no doubt that we will be successful in harnessing the sun's energy If sunbeams were weapons of war, we would have had solar energy centuries ago.
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When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect. Rather it is that, attached to those hands are sharp elbows. Samuelson, Newsweek, 12 June Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.
Now we're beating it to death. White, The insufferable arrogance of human beings to think that Nature was made solely for their benefit, as if it was conceivable that the sun had been set afire merely to ripen men's apples and head their cabbages. America, America, man sheds his waste on thee, And hides the pines with billboard signs, from sea to oily sea.
If an omniscient, all-powerful Dad ignores your prayers, it's taken personally. Hear only silence long enough, and you start wondering about his power. But if a world mother doesn't reply, Her excuse is simple. She never claimed conceited omnipotence. She has countless others clinging to her apron strings, including myriad species unable to speak for themselves. To Her elder offspring She says - go raid the fridge.
Go get a job. Or, better yet, lend me a hand. I have no time for idle whining. To celebrate various important occasions, they're killing living creatures? Why restrict it to plants? Have this deceased squirrel. Pryal, "Lumber for Hives: Will the day come when the only bird a typical American child ever sees is a canary in a pet shop window?
When the only wild animal he knows is a rat - glimpsed on a night drive through some city slum? When the only tree he touches is the cleverly fabricated plastic evergreen that shades his gifts on Christmas morning? Ikard, North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, Houston, March How long can men thrive between walls of brick, walking on asphalt pavements, breathing the fumes of coal and of oil, growing, working, dying, with hardly a thought of wind, and sky, and fields of grain, seeing only machine-made beauty, the mineral-like quality of life?
Lindbergh, Reader's Digest, November All in favor of conserving gasoline, please raise your right foot. We have to walk in a way that we only print peace and serenity on the Earth. Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet. Such a beautiful world, a gift so rare, That was given to us at birth; But man has abused this great gift from God, This wondrous, colorful earth!
He is so filled with his craving for power, And earthly possessions, while here But some day he'll waken to what he's lost, In his scramble for gold to keep; His eyes will be opened and he'll be sad, For as he has sowed he will reap! Pesonen of the Wildland Research Center, 3 December Thanks, Bekah Waste not the smallest thing created, for grains of sand make mountains, and atomies infinity. Knight Opie, you haven't finished your milk.
We can't put it back in the cow, you know. The activist is the man who cleans up the river. We say we love trees, yet we cut them down.
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And people still wonder why some are afraid when told they are loved. Kill nothing but time. Feynman 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. One fancies a heart like our own must be beating in every crystal and cell, and we feel like stopping to speak to the plants and animals as friendly fellow-mountaineers.
Nature as a poet, an enthusiastic workingman, becomes more and more visible the farther and higher we go He will end by destroying the earth. Ehrlich Man is a blind, witless, low brow, anthropocentric clod who inflicts lesions upon the earth.
God made life simple. It is man who complicates it. Lindbergh, Reader's Digest, July The control man has secured over nature has far outrun his control over himself.
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He knew that man's heart away from nature becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans too. If you violate her laws you are your own prosecuting attorney, judge, jury, and hangman.
During a recent landfill dig in Phoenix, I found newspapers dating from that looked so fresh you might read one over breakfast. Everywhere the white man has touched it, it is sore. We're not the brain, we are a cancer on nature. That is why town's people like so much to go into the country, there to breathe a purer and healthier air whereby better blood and in general better humours are formed.
Man as he came from the hand of his Maker was poetic in both mind and body, but the gross heathenism of civilization has generally destroyed nature, and poetry, and all that is spiritual. If [our nation] took to similar economic exploitation, it would strip the world bare like locusts. What the Dickens is going on here? Yet we mayflies try to bend an ancient world to our purposes, ignorant perhaps of the messages buried in its long history.
Let us hope that we are still in the early morning of our April day. Whole forests are being ground into pulp daily to minister to our triviality. It takes all the running we can do to remain in the same place. Dillman, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, January We have been god-like in the planned breeding of our domesticated plants, but rabbit-like in the unplanned breeding of ourselves. Atwood It appears to be a law that you cannot have a deep sympathy with both man and nature.
Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation His inhuman void spreads monstrously like a gray vegetation.
But up to now he hasn't been a creator, only a destroyer.
Forests keep disappearing, rivers dry up, wild life's become extinct, the climate's ruined and the land grows poorer and uglier every day. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole [of] nature in its beauty.
We take only what we need to survive, and waste nothing. Unlike the white man, we do not carve open the breast of Mother Earth with iron plows or cut down her trees to make fields and forts. We take what she offers, and it is sufficient for our needs. Never would we scar the land with roads as your people do, yet now they wish to deface our land with tracks for their iron horses. They bring soldiers and build more forts and drive the buffalo from the best grazing grounds.
They seek the yellow rocks in our hills, and defile our burial grounds in their lust for these stones. This we cannot allow. They tell us they will pay us for the land, and it will then be theirs, but how can a man sell his heart?
All life forms obey Nature's demands - except man, who has found ways of ignoring them. Poirot, Our Margin of Life, When you use a push reel mower, you're "cutting" down on pollution and the only thing in danger of running out of gas is you!
A basic Christian belief was that God gave humans dominion over creation, with the freedom to use the environment as they saw fit. Another important Judeo-Christian belief predicted that God would bring a cataclysmic end to the Earth sometime in the future. One interpretation of this belief is that the Earth is only a temporary way station on the soul's journey to the afterlife.
Because these beliefs tended to devalue the natural world, they fostered attitudes and behaviors that had a negative effect on the environment. Kaufman and Cecilia M.