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It's a morbid observation, but if every one on earth just stopped breathing for an hour, the greenhouse effect would no longer be a problem.

Author: Jerry Adler

Profession: American Actor

Ecology is rather like sex -- every new generation likes to think they were the first to discover it.

Author: Michael Allaby

Profession: American Actor

The current collapse of industrial society may well be the planet's way of avoiding a larger death.

Author: Morris Bergman


Humanity has passed through a long history of one-sidedness and of a social condition that has always contained the potential of destruction, despite its creative achievements in technology. The great project of our time must be to open the other eye: to see all-sidedly and wholly, to heal and transcend the cleavage between humanity and nature that came with early wisdom.

Author: Murray Bookchin (1941)

Profession: American Ecologist

As soils are depleted, human health, vitality and intelligence go with them.

Author: Louis Bromfield (1896-1956)

Profession: American Author

The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands.

Author: Havelock Ellis (1859-1939)

Profession: British Psychologist

The question of whether it's God's green earth is not at center stage, except in the sense that if so, one is reminded with some regularity that He may be dying.

Author: Edward Hoagland (1932)

Profession: American Novelist, Essayist

O if we but knew what we do when we delve or hew -- hack and rack the growing green! Since country is so tender to touch, her being so slender, that like this sleek and seeing ball but a prick will make no eye at all, where we, even where we mean to mend her we end her, when we hew or delve: after-comers cannot guess the beauty been.

Author: Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)

Profession: British Poet

A chain is no stronger than its weakest link, and life is after all a chain.

Author: William James (1842-1910)

Profession: American Psychologist, Professor, Author

We, the generation that faces the next century, can add the solemn injunction ''If we don't do the impossible, we shall be faced with the unthinkable.''

Author: Petra Kelly


It is our task in our time and in our generation to hand down undiminished to those who come after us, as was handed down to us by those who went before, the natural wealth and beauty which is ours.

Author: John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Profession: Thirty-fifth President of the USA

We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.

Author: Aldo Leopold


The development of civilization and industry in general has always shown itself so active in the destruction of forests that everything that has been done for their conservation and production is completely insignificant in comparison.

Author: Karl Marx (1818-1883)

Profession: German Political Theorist, Social Philosopher

We won't have a society if we destroy the environment.

Author: Margaret Mead (1901-1978)

Profession: American Anthropologist

Obviously, the answer to oil spills is to paper-train the tankers.

Author: Ralph Nader (1934)

Profession: American Lawyer, Consumer Activist