It is happening." -- James Hansen Climate change, specifically in reference to C02 Emissions released by human use of fossil fuels and their consequential effects on the environment, is perhaps one of the most pressing issues we, not just as Americans, but as human beings face in our lifetimes....
A human being is part of the whole, called by us "Universe," a part limited in time and space. 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. ~Albert Einstein, 1950
On some issues, I'm a staunch Conservative — like curtailing greenhouse gas emissions so that we can Conserve the environment.
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. ~Donald G.
Whole forests are being ground into pulp daily to minister to our triviality. ~Irving Babbitt
Drive Nature forth by force, she'll turn and rout
The false refinements that would keep her out.
Nature always strikes back. It takes all the running we can do to remain in the same place. ~Rene Dubos, , 1961
In its broadest ecological context, economic development is the development of more intensive ways of exploiting the natural environment. ~Richard Wilkinson
We have met the enemy and he is us.
Everywhere the white man has touched it, it is sore. ~Anonymous Wintu Woman
Our environmental problems originate in the hubris of imagining ourselves as the central nervous system or the brain of nature. We're not the brain, we are a cancer on nature. ~Dave Foreman, , April 1990
If then the air can so easily become vitiated, what must its condition be in such places, especially in towns, where so many causes combine to corrupt it!
consumers and industry dispose of enough aluminum to rebuild the commercial air fleet every three months; enough iron and steel to continuously supply all automakers; enough glass to fill New York's World Trade Center every two weeks. ~Environmental Defense Fund advertisement, , 1990
Water flows uphill towards money. ~Anonymous, saying in the American West, quoted by Ivan Doig in Marc Reisner, , 1986
Living in the midst of abundance we have the greatest difficulty in seeing that the supply of natural wealth is limited and that the constant increase of population is destined to reduce the American standard of living unless we deal more sanely with our resources. ~W.H.
Phillips, speech, Washington, D.C., 22 April 1970
The days a man spends fishing or spends hunting should not be deducted from the time that he's on earth. In other words, if I fish today, that should be added to the amount of time I get to live. That's the way I look at recreation. That's why I'll be a big conservation, environmental President, because I plan to fish and hunt as much as I possibly can. ~George Bush, quoted in , 30 December 1988
The desire to build a risk-free society has always been a sign of decadence. It has meant that the nation has given up, that it no longer believes in its destiny, that it has ceased to aspire to greatness, and has retired from history to pet itself. ~Henry Fairlie, quoted in , November 1981
The exquisite sight, sound, and smell of wilderness is many times more powerful if it is earned through physical achievement, if it comes at the end of a long and fatiguing trip for which vigorous good health is necessary. Practically speaking, this means that no one should be able to enter a wilderness by mechanical means. ~Garrett Hardin, , February 1974
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
Give a man a fish, and he can eat for a day.
The Environmental Education Leadership Development Program (formerly E2U) is aimed towards engaging students and the community in stimulating, educational and hands-on activities and curriculum that will broaden their knowledge of conservation and sustainability, encourage community service, and help to inspire the beginning of higher education and a career in natural resource management.
Environmental change will influence our water, vitality, transportation, and open health frameworks, and state economies as environmental change affect an extensive variety of critical investment divisions from agribusiness to assembling to tourism....
Livingston, in Borden Spears, ed., , 1970
We must not be forced to explore the universe in search of a new home because we have made the Earth inhospitable, even uninhabitable. For if we do not solve the environmental and related social problems that beset us on Earth - pollution, toxic contamination, resource depletion, prejudice, poverty, hunger - those problems will surely accompany us to other worlds. ~Donald G.
Conservation Genetics Resources promotes the conservation of genetic diversity and advances the study of conservation genetics through the rapid publication of technical papers and reviews on methodological innovations and improvements, computer programs and genomic resources. The journal publishes primer notes, genomic resources such as SNP markers, methodological papers, computer package descriptions, technical review papers and application essays.
According to scientists who study the climate there are other environmental problems; “we now face a global crises in land use and agriculture that could undermine the health, security, and sustainability of our civilization”.