Stormy Weather: 101 Solutions to Global Climate Change



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Climate Change

"Humanity is conducting an unintended, uncontrolled, globally pervasive experiment whose ultimate consequences could be second only to a global nuclear war. The Earth' s atmosphere is being changed at an unprecedented rate by pollutants resulting from human activities, inefficient and wasteful fossil fuel use, and the effects of rapid population growth in many regions. These changes represent a major threat to international security and are already having harmful consequences over many parts of the globe."
Statement by WMO, UNEP, and Environment Canada at The Changing Atmosphere: Implications for Global Security Conference, Toronto, June 1988.

"Our children and grandchildren are going to be mad at us for burning all this oil. It took the Earth 500 million years to create the stuff we’re burning in 200 years. Renewable energy sources are where we need to be headed."
Jack Edwards, Professor of Geology, University of Colorado

"Our climate is warming at a faster rate than ever before recorded."
NOAA Administrator D. James Baker April 18, 2000

"The times of simply burning oil, one of our most important resources, are coming to an end."
Dr. Kajo Schommer, Economics Minister of Saxony, Germany.

"The laws of Congress and the laws of physics have grown increasingly divergent, and the laws of physics are not likely to yield."
Bill McKibben

"On the island where I live, it is possible to throw a stone from one side to the other. Our fears about sea level rise are very real. Our Cabinet has been exploring the possibility of buying land in a nearby country in case we become refugees of climate change."
Teleke Lauti, Minister for the Environment, Tuvalu.

"The scientific consensus presented in this comprehensive report about human-induced climate change should sound alarm bells in every national capital and in every local community."
Klaus Topfer, United Nations Environment Program, commenting on the IPCC’s Third Assessment Report, January 2001.

"I’ve never seen anything like this before. What surprises me is how much [of the ocean warming] is in the deep water."
Peter Rhines, Oceanographer, University of Seattle

"If you think mitigated climate change is expensive, try unmitigated climate change."
Dr. Richard Gammon, University of Washington, on the steps of the US Congress, June 28, 1999.

"This is not some slow, controlled change we’re talking about. It’s fast, it’s unpredictable, and it’s unprecedented during human civilization."
Adam Markham, World Wide Fund for Nature.

"In light of new evidence and taking into account the remaining uncertainties, most of the observed warming over the last 50 years is likely to have been due to the increase in greenhouse gas concentrations."
IPCC Third Assessment Report, 2001, written and reviewed by 960 of the world’s scientists (123 lead authors, 516 contributing authors, 21 review editors, 300 expert reviewers) and approved by the IPCC member governments.

"There is broad agreement within the scientific community that amplification of the Earth's natural greenhouse effect by the buildup of various gases introduced by human activity has the potential to produce dramatic changes in climate. Only by taking action now can we ensure that future generations will not be put at risk."
Statement by 49 Nobel Prize winners and 700 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 1990

"A child born in a wealthy country is likely to consume, waste, and pollute more in his lifetime than 50 children born in developing nations. Our energy-burning lifestyles are pushing our planet to the point of no return. It is dawning on us at last that the life of our world is as vulnerable as the children we raise."
George Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury, UK

"Globally, emissions may have to be reduced, the scientists are telling us, by as much as 60% or 70%, with developed countries likely to have to make even bigger cuts if we're going to allow the developing world to have their share of growing industrial prosperity…The Kyoto Protocol is only the first rather modest step. Much, much deeper emission reductions will be needed in future. The political implications are mind-blowing."
Michael Meacher, UK Environment Minister, November 2000

"Ignoring climate change will be the most costly of all possible choices, for us and our children."
Peter Ewins, British Meteorological Office

"As parliamentarians, we have to stand on platforms around the planet and explain to electors …why the forest is burning, the cattle are dying, …why there is surf in the High Street. To explain …that these are not Acts of God, but Acts of Man."
Tom Spencer, Member of the European Parliament

"We're doing great, thank God. The American economy is flourishing. We're using more fossil fuels. We're putting more CO2 in the air. The coal plants are running at record levels. Business has never been better. We're doing great!"
Fred Palmer, Western Fuels Association

"Every generation faces a challenge. In the 1930s, it was the creation of Social Security. In the 1960s, it was putting a man on the moon. In the 1980s, it was ending the Cold War. Our generation's challenge will be addressing global climate change while sustaining a growing global economy."
Eileen Clausen, Pew Center on Global Climate Change

"Global warming means a horrifying future for nature. World leaders must give top priority to reducing levels of carbon dioxide."
Jennifer Morgan, World Wide Fund for Nature

"...This is a huge problem. If we don't deal with this within just a few years, you will have island nations flooded; you will have the agricultural balance of most countries completely changed; you will have a dramatic increase in the number of severe, unmanageable weather events... And the good news is that we can now deal with this problem -- and strengthen our economic growth, not weaken it. "
William Jefferson Clinton, at the Russian Duma, June 2000

"The warming appears to be stressing the forests by speeding moisture loss and subjecting them to more frequent insect attacks."
Gordon Jacoby, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, on trees in northern and central Alaska

"If it were only a few degrees, that would be serious, but we could adapt to it. But the danger is the warming process might be unstable and run away. We could end up like Venus, covered in clouds and with the surface temperature of 400 degrees. It could be too late if we wait until the bad effects of warming become obvious. We need action now to reduce emission of carbon dioxide."
Stephen Hawking, Physicist, on Larry King Live, Dec 25, 1999

"The Government of Canada is committed to a global solution to climate change. The US is wrong to reject the Kyoto Protocol - it is wrong politically and it is wrong on substance."
David Anderson, June 6th 2001

"Fossil fuels are one of the Creator’s greatest gifts to humankind. For eons, coal, oil and natural gas lay untapped and ready for exploitation by humans to create an environment on earth conducive to the spectacular success of our species."
Greening Earth Society

"The decade of the 1990s was the hottest decade of the last century and the warming in this century is warmer than anything in the last 1,000 years in the Northern Hemisphere."
Robert Watson, IPCC.

"Global warming has to be slowed down. Otherwise the risk situation for insurers in many of the world’s regions will intensify."
Gerhard Berz, Munich Re.

"In the year 2065, on current trends, damage from climate change will exceed global GDP."
Andrew Dlugolecki, General Insurance Development

"When we look at patterns of change, we increasingly believe that a large part of the recent warming is due to fossil fuel burning."
David Parker, Hadley Centre for Climate Research, UK.

"We must move ahead boldly with clean energy technologies, and we should start preparing ourselves for the rising sea levels, changing rain patterns, and other impacts of global warming."
Klaus Topfer, United Nations Environment Program

"The Kyoto Protocol will delay warming by less than ten years"
Bob Watson, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

"Globally, emissions may have to be reduced, the scientists are telling us, by as much as 60% or 70%, with developed countries likely to have to make even bigger cuts if we're going to allow the developing world to have their share of growing industrial prosperity. Over time we will need to see more action by more countries. Let's never forget that the developing country emissions will exceed the industrialised world's in less than 30 years. The Kyoto Protocol is only the first rather modest step. Much, much deeper emissions will be needed in future. The political implications are mind-blowing."
Michael Meacher, UK Environment Minister, November 2000

"The plea from Botswana and from the Maldive Islands regarding the threat of climate change at the General Assembly in 1987 was very convincing to many developing countries. It meant that the Commission's report was accepted unanimously in New York. And that was very important. It formed the basis for the two organizations, UNEP and WMO, to create this body, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, to provide authoritative advice to the political community."
Professor Bert Bolin, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 1988 - 19??

"We accept the views of most scientists that enough is known about the science and environmental impacts of climate change for us to take actions to address its consequences."
Business Environmental Leadership Council, Pew Center on Global Climate Change

"Every time someone in the West turns on a kettle, he or she is helping to flood Bangladesh."
George Monbiot, The Guardian Weekly, Feb 10th 2000

"If global warming is not contained, the West will face a choice of a refugee crisis of unimaginable proportions, or direct complicity in crimes against humanity."
George Monbiot, The Guardian Weekly, Feb 10th 2000

"Few scientists now doubt that climate change will be among the most pervasive environmental threats of the coming century."
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

"What degree of proof about the human catastrophe from global climate change do we need, before we are motivated to act to prevent it?"
Eric Chivian MD, Physicians for Social Responsibility

"A much tighter and sharper framework of commitments is clearly now needed, one that is focussed on longer term emissions targets that are substantially lower."
Michael Meacher, UK Minister for Environment

"Global climate change and the loss of species diversity are the two mega issues that this generation will have to confront."
Dana Beach, South Carolina Coastal Conservation League


Energy Efficiency

"Within one generation, nations can achieve a ten-fold increase in the efficiency with which they use energy, natural resources, and other materials."
The Carnoules Declaration, 1994

"RECO has reduced the amount of energy the average home uses in this city by more than 15%, and we’ve done it without costing the city treasury a dime."
Lesley Stansfield, RECO Administrator, San Francisco.

"Properly placed shade trees can lower residential air conditioning bills by as much as 40%."
Sacramento Shade

"Our experience shows that making buildings energy efficient requires more thinking, not more money."
Ronald J. Balon, Senior Energy Engineer, Montgomery County

"Investing in a home on your street could be more profitable than investing in Wall Street."
Home Energy Saver

"A package of 35 improvements to typical industrial motor systems can save around 50% of their metered energy…with a simple payback under 16 months."
Amory Lovins

"There is a lot to be done through employee awareness. I suspect that we can make significant gains in fuel efficiency and emissions control by getting the message home to the people with their hands on the valves."
A senior technologist at BP

"State and local governments [in the US] have 10 billion square feet of public space and spend $16 billion annually on energy -- equal to the gross domestic product of Costa Rica. The energy used in these public spaces is responsible for 134 million tons of carbon emissions, but 30% of that energy is wasted because of inefficiency. Your efforts will make or break our nation's efforts to address climate change. Your efforts are where the rubber hits the road."
Jerry Clifford, EPA

"There is a huge body of business evidence now showing that energy savings give better service at lower cost with higher profit. We have to tear down barriers to successful markets and we have to create incentives to enter them."
President Bill Clinton, National Geographic Society, October 1997

"Given the right information at the right time, the Ghanaian consumer is capable of reducing electricity consumption by between 25% and 75%. One of the causes of utility-consumer misunderstanding -- inaccurate billing - is also drastically reduced if consumers monitor their consumption regularly."
Ghana Energy Foundation

"Nearly all utility investments in electric efficiency beat long-run marginal supply cost by manyfold, and most – the main exceptions being some residential shell improvements – also beat short-run marginal supply cost."
Amory Lovins

"Since it takes 3 or 4 units of fuel at the power plant to deliver one unit of electricity, saving electricity is often the best way to reduce household C02 emissions."
James Udall Community Office for Resource Efficiency, Colorado

"What can Minnesotans do to curtail global warming? The problem seems immense, but the solution is straightforward: Use energy more efficiently and shift to renewable fuels."
David Morris, Institute for Local Self-Reliance

"By skimping on design, the owner gets costlier equipment, higher energy costs, and a less competitive and comfortable building; the tenants get lower productivity and higher rent and operating costs."
Natural Capitalism


The Sustainable Energy Revolution

"We have no long-term energy policy. We don’t even seem to recognize the existence of a long-term problem. Rather, we simply vacillate from panic to complacency in response to short-term shortages and surpluses."
Dr. Craig Bond Hatfield, Geology Professor Emeritus, University of Toledo

"The next period will be defined by three revolutions: the continued globalization of the world economy, the changes in national governance occasioned by the related revolution in civil society, and … a "clean revolution" -- the widespread and continuing development and adoption of ever less polluting and more resource-efficient products, processes and services. "
Dr. Supachai Panitchapakdi, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, 1998

"We are going to need an international effort pursued with the same urgency as the Manhattan Project or the Apollo space program. The roles of governments and market entrepreneurs…need to be considered comprehensively. It is our hope that the potential adverse effects of humanity on Earth's climate will stimulate new industries in the 21st century, as the Second World War and the Cold War did in (the 20th) century."
Martin Hoffert, physicist, New York University, and 10 other scientists, Nature Oct 29, 1998

"Every time humankind has switched from an existing fuel to a newer one -- from wood to coal, coal to oil, oil to natural gas -- the switch has been associated with economic progress. The same will be true for alternative energies, such as wind energy, solar power, cogeneration, and fuel cells."
Jim Woehrle and Julie Bach, Minnesotans for an Energy-Efficient Economy

"We need a radical shake-up of the way we use energy, and we need to generate energy in new, sustainable ways. We can't go on damaging the environment as we produce goods. We have to develop new technologies. We all have to ‘do our bit’ to tackle climate change."
John Prescott, UK Deputy Prime Minister

"We do indeed need to co-operate more effectively. Too many international and national governmental institutions are failing us. Too many public servants in international and national institutions are so governed by obstructive procedures, that smaller-scale and newer developments are particularly difficult to get off the ground. There are too few incentives and too many disincentives so that renewables usually play on an uneven playing field."
Michael Jefferson, World Renewable Energy Congress, July 2000

"While a ten-fold increase in energy consumption to, say, about 4,000 kWh per capita, may appear to be a distant dream (from the present 385), and while we would like to avoid the profligate use of energy as in the industrialized countries, we would like to provide the same levels of comfort to our increasing population by using less energy."
C.R.Kamalanathan, Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources, India

"The challenge is either to build an economy that is sustainable or to stay with our unsustainable economy until it declines. It is not a goal that can be compromised. One way or another, the choice will be made by our generation, but it will affect life on earth for all generations to come."
Lester Brown, Worldwatch Institute

"When the numbers are added up, the evidence indicates that such a peak for conventional oil will arrive around 2005, and about five years later for all hydrocarbons, assuming no radical change in demand."
Colin Campbell

"Major energy transitions — from wood to coal or coal to oil — take time to gather momentum. But once economic and political resistance is overcome and the new technologies prove themselves, things can unfold rapidly."
Chris Flavin, Worldwatch Institute

"It has been estimated that if less than 0.1% of the renewable energy available within the oceans could be converted into electricity, it would satisfy the present world demand for energy more than five times over."
Marine Foresight Panel, UK

"We’re on the threshold of an energy use revolution. If we’re smart, we’ll stay one step ahead of the market and provide the clean energy decade with the tools it needs: solar panels, biomass, wind power, and fuel cells."
Gary Locke, Washington Governor


Solar Energy

"It is my plan that every household in Japan be solar-powered, and little by little, it is happening."
Yasuo Kishi, Managing Director, Sanyo Industries

"I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait 'til oil and coal run out before we tackle that."
Thomas Edison (1847–1931)

"The solar-powered equipment has had a huge impact on enhancing the culture of learning and teaching in our school. The excitement has rubbed off on the learners…the school drop-out rate has declined considerably over the past two years. You will never understand how much difference the intervention of SELF has made in the education of an African child."
Melusi Zwane, Principal of Myeka High school

"The future of BP is in the sun and hydrogen."
Peter Knoedel, Deutschen BP

"Studies have shown that schools incorporating passive solar features, such as daylighting, use less energy, student grades have improved, and attendance is higher."
EnergySmart Schools

"I will dip my brush in the sun -- and paint a window towards eternity."
Kjell Pahr-Iversen

"The sunshine that strikes American roads each year contains more energy than all the fossil fuels used by the entire world."
Denis Hayes, International Chair of Earth Day

"What SMUD has done to put solar technology into the hands of its customers…could be easily replicated in community after community."
Ed Smeloff, President, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)

"Solar photovoltaic generation of electricity can be a multibillion dollar industry employing hundreds of thousands of persons and serving the energy needs of hundreds of millions of persons starting with the turn of the century."
Paul Maycock, senior analyst, industry report conclusions, May 1991

"One day this industry [solar] will be as big as oil"
Head of BP Solar, BP's The Shield Magazine, 1997

"I've been in the business nine years, and I've never seen it this good"
Len May, senior executive, Solarex, world's 2nd largest solar PV company.

"Photovoltaics is a high technology that, as a domestic industry could create or support as many as 3,800 well paying jobs for every US$100million worth of PV sales."
US Department of Energy.

"All the world's energy could be achieved by solar many thousands of times over."
Roger Booth, Head of Renewable Energy Supply and Marketing, Shell. Feb 1995


Wind Energy

"Wind energy…could kindle a truce in civilization’s century-old fossil-fuel driven warfare with nature, and among nations."
David Case, reporter for

"An acre of windy prairie could produce between $4,000 and 10,000 worth of electricity per year – which is far more than the value of the land’s crop of corn or wheat."
Denis Hayes, International Chair of Earth Day

"By spending just $30 per year on wind power, an average Colorado family can cut its household carbon dioxide production by about 10%."
Colorado Wind Power


The Hydrogen Revolution

"We are at the peak of the oil age but the beginning of the hydrogen age. Anything else is an interim solution. The transition will be very messy, and will take many technological paths ...but the future will be hydrogen fuel cells."
Herman Kuipers Royal Dutch Shell

"The only true zero emission vehicle would be a fuel-cell vehicle where you would store hydrogen on board, which you could make by breaking down salt water. It's a vision way out there, but it's not impossible."
Harry Pearce, Vice Chairman, General Motors,

"At some point in the future, we’re going to make hydrogen for cars directly from solar energy."
Fritz Vahrenholt, Deutche Shell executive

"We feel that hydrogen, generated from a renewable resource such as sunlight, is the only viable long-term solution to providing an absolutely environmentally sound fuel."
Henrich Heitmann, BMW Board Member

"Hydrogen is a renewable resource. You can get it from anywhere. It's a wonderful energy carrier…I believe that my grandchildren, at least, will be driving cars that run on hydrogen. So I support the notion that it might be time to bite the bullet and put the hydrogen infrastructure in place."
Bradford Bates, senior Ford engineer

"I think (fuel cell cars) will be a howling success. You'll see them spread as fast as PCs & cell phones."
Amory Lovins

"The fuel cell will be to the 21st century what the transistor was to the 20th century."
Sandy Thomas, vice president of Directed Technologies Inc.


Sustainable Transportation

"Air travel has an unfair advantage over other transport modes such as the car, bus, and train because airlines don’t pay tax on aviation fuel. The absence of a fuel tax or an emissions-based levy allows airlines to charge artificially low ticket prices as the cost of pollution is passed on to society, and not the passenger."
Friends of the Earth, London, May 2000

"Current pricing fails to return to individual motorists the savings that result when they drive less."
Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute

"When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race."
H.G. Wells

"Imagine you live in a city free of the noise, stench and danger of cars, trucks and buses. Imagine all your needs, from groceries to child care, within a five-minute walk of your home. Imagine that the longest commute within your city takes 35 minutes from door to door, by way of a cheap, safe and efficient public transportation system."
J.H. Crawford, Car-Free Cities

"I gave up my car to join the co-op, and I really see the money I’m now saving. I get all the benefits of owning a car without that huge debt load."
Mike Darche, Victoria Car Share co-operative

"We can no longer afford to ignore the signs of global warming and the fact that the consumption of gasoline and other fossil fuels is on the rise. Environmentally friendly cars will soon cease to be an option…they will become a necessity."
Fujio Cho, President, Toyota Motor Corporation, January 2000

"The Big Three sell the dirtiest vehicles and capture the vast majority of US passenger vehicle sales, making them the worst polluters by any measure. DaimlerChrysler Ford, and General Motors vehicles were the sources of 76% of the C02 emitted by vehicles sold in 1998."
"Pollution Line-Up – An Environmental Ranking of Automakers", Union of Concerned Scientists

"Environmentally friendly cars will soon cease to be an option…they will become a necessity."
Fujio Cho, President of Toyota

"The automobile business is about to experience the most profound and revolutionary changes it has seen since the Model T first hit the streets."
William Clay Ford, Chairman of Ford

"If all of us were renting the Earth, we’d have lost our deposit. At Toyota, we’re trying to help restore the planet to the way it was before everyone moved in."
Toyota Motor Corporation

"I want the Ford Motor Company to be a leader in the second industrial revolution -- the Clean Revolution."
William Clay Ford, Chairman of Ford

"Six billion people share this planet, and the days when the auto industry could just crank out cars without concern for their impact on the environment are over."
Toshiaki Taguchi, President of Toyota Motor North America

"Once every great while, the little person, the nobody, and the common man see a great opportunity...they see their chance to merge their dreams with a grand shift in consciousness. The Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), which is providing untold support to bicyclists across the Nation, as well as to walkers, joggers, skateboarders, wheelchair athletes and in-line skaters, is that rare opportunity."
Col. Dan Petkunas, National Bicycle Greenway

"It's not like we sent people over there to kill it. If we were given mandates, and targets to hit, there are a lot of technologies we have to meet them."
Dave Barthmuss General Motors Corp spokesman, regarding the failed talks at COP 6 in The Hague, November 2000.

"The auto industry is no longer measuring itself by profits but by our contribution to society around such issues as employment, safety and the environment. Profits and numbers aren't as important any more. We want to do things that really matter."
Wolfgang Schneider, Vice-President, Ford of Europe

"We aim not at the three, nor at the two or the one liter car, but at the propulsion without any emissions."
Burkhard Goeschel, R & D, BMW

"Consumers will insist on doing business with companies they can trust, companies that do the right thing ethically and environmentally, as well as economically."
William Clay Ford, Chairman of Ford

"A better world is the ultimate "must have" product feature. Whoever can deliver it will make friends – or, more accurately, passionate advocates."
William Clay Ford, Chairman of Ford

"We have spent the last seventy years making driving convenient and life inconvenient. Well, as I've said before, what has been built can be unbuilt, and something new put in its place.... If we begin, little by little, making driving less convenient, eventually we will get around to making human life more convenient - and we might at last put the civility back into civilization."
Richard Risemberg Cars, Culture, Concrete, and Convenience


Sustainable Cities

"Local leaders are realizing that global warming could represent a serious danger to their cities and counties. The good news is that local communities can reduce their contribution to the pollution that causes global warming."
Sharon Sayles Belton, Mayor of Minneapolis, 1999

"It’s exciting to think that we can power city facilities using energy from the sun and wind. It is the responsibility of every city to look at how we can help create an energy policy that can be sustainable and environment-friendly."
Harold "Rusty" Fairly, Santa Barbara Council member

"It’s a simple but powerful fact that the faster the rate of sprawl, the faster the rate of disinvestment in the inner city."
Zack Semke, Coalition for a Livable Future, Portland

"It’s not one particular project. It’s a series of things that are happening simultaneously."
Karen Hundt, urban designer, Chattanooga

"If you build it, they will come. Cities that build freeways will sprawl; cities that emphasize transit will not."
Peter Newman, co-author of "Sustainability and Cities: Overcoming Automobile Dependence"

"There is no endeavor more noble than the attempt to achieve a collective dream. When a city accepts as a mandate its quality of life, when it respects the people who live in it, when it respects the environment, when it prepares for future generations, the people share the responsibility for that mandate. This shared cause is the only way to achieve that collective dream."
Jaime Lerner, past Mayor of Curitiba

"America has the technology and resources to meet all its energy needs while safeguarding the earth's climate. The urgent question now is, 'Do we have the will?' At least one city does, and I'm proud to live in it."
Denis Hayes, International Chair of Earth Day

"An unprecedented transformation is required to replace today’s industrial and urban management technologies with new ones that meet exacting environmental criteria."
Dr. Thienchay Kiranandana, President, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, 1998


Taxes and Subsidies

"Carbon or energy taxes are not supposed to create a shock effect, but instead only to restructure the economy and fiscal system. They are mainly effective in the long run".
Kai Schlegelmilch, Wuppertal Institute, Germany

"[With tax-shifting]…thermal insulation and superwindows … will have a bigger payout than Microsoft stock. You will be able to make Warren Buffet returns by simple investments in hardware-store technologies."
Natural Capitalism

"Taxing emissions makes little sense if governments simultaneously continue to subsidize fossil fuels".
Douglas Koplow and Aaron Martin, "Fueling Global Warming"

"Our old system (of carbon taxes on fuel inputs) had a very beautiful and clear structure. There were no exemptions. It promoted renewables and helped the replacement of coal by gas. The tax was very easy to raise year after year and you have a predictable perspective for industry in the long run."
Markku Nurmi, Director General, Finnish Ministry of Environment

"In the United States alone, if the $235 billion worth of subsidies to fossil fuel consumers were removed, this would result in an 18% reduction of carbon dioxide emissions globally. "
Jonathan Lash, World Resources Institute

"Why is our (US) government the only one in the civilized world with a stupid, short-term energy policy? Why do our elected officials consider a European or Japanese-type energy tax not only unpassable but undiscussable?"
Donella Meadows

"Cutting income taxes (by 10%) while increasing gasoline taxes (by 50 cents-per-gallon) would lead to more economic growth, less traffic congestion, safer roads, and reduced risk of global warming — all without jeopardizing long-term fiscal solvency. This may be the closest thing to a free lunch that economics has to offer."
N.Gregory Mankiw, Professor of Economics, Harvard University.

"Carbon emissions should no longer be viewed as free. They are clearly a potential cost and need to be accounted for as such. This means taking a prudent risk management approach by factoring in a realistic costing of carbon in making key business decisions. This is particularly important given the long planning horizons for some of the projects we are contemplating today, which can span 20 or 30 years."
Paul D'Arcy, Senior Economist, Shell Australia, 2000.

"I am no enemy to the eco-tax, we can live with it. […] Very high fuel costs can be a source of innovation."
Werner Pollmann, Environmental VP, DaimlerChrysler, Germany


Sustainable Business

"We view business and the environment as parts of the same total system: the Earth’s ecosystem. Therefore, we think through the environmental consequences of every aspect of our business."
Eckart Pfeiffer, President & CEO of Compaq

"Over the long term, it is more profitable to do the right thing for the environment than to pollute it."
Aaron Feuerstein, CEO, Malden Mills

"Green business: It's more than a good idea. It's a powerful, practical strategy for shifting society onto a more socially just and environmentally sound course."
Alisa Gravitz, Co-op America

"I simply got tired of being on the defensive, and so did our staff. . . that’s hardly the way to give people the sense that they are working for a great organization."
John Browne, CEO of BP

"In nursery school we’re taught to share, to co-operate and be nice to each other. Then in business school we’re taught to rip each other’s throats out.. There’s some kind of disconnection here."
John Sellers

"I see that green is very rapidly now being integrated into the fabric of business in general. I feel very optimistic that we truly are on the threshold of the Environmental Age."
Rona Fried

"The image of U.S. oil companies is of an industry pursuing a disinformation campaign, rather like the tobacco industry hiring out people to testify about the lack of proof that smoking causes cancer."
Lester Brown

"When we realize we can make a buck cleaning up the environment, it will be done!"
Dennis Weaver

"I think when sustainability begins to drive business practices instead of greed, we'll evolve as a species."
Tom Kay


Sustainable Resource Use

"It does not seem very logical to try to replace them (CFCs) with another family of related halocarbons, the HFCs, which are equally foreign to nature. It must obviously be preferable to use natural compounds that are already circulating in quantity in the biosphere and are known to be harmless."
Professor Gustav Lorentzen, Trondheim, Norway

"Listen up, you couch potatoes: each recycled beer can saves enough electricity to run a television for three hours."
Denis Hayes, International Chair of Earth Day

"Recycling means jobs. Landfilling resources wastes jobs. It is time to plan for zero waste -- for our communities and for future generations."
San Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr.

"The future belongs to those who understand that doing more with less is compassionate, prosperous and enduring, and thus more intelligent, even competitive."
Paul Hawken

"Source reduction is to garbage what preventative medicine is to health."
William Rathje, 1989

"We used to be hunter-gatherers, now we're shopper-borrowers."
Robin Williams, 1990

"Aboard our Spaceship Earth - we must first acknowledge that the abundance of immediately consumable, obviously desirable or utterly essential resources have been sufficient until now to allow us to carry on despite our ignorance. Being eventually exhaustible and spoilable, they have been adequate only up until this critical moment. This cushion-for-error of humanity's survival and growth up until now, was apparently provided just as a bird inside an egg is provided with liquid nutriment to develop it to a certain point."
Buckminster Fuller in Operation Manual for Planet Earth:

"For the first time in the history of the world, every human being is now subjected to contact with dangerous chemicals, from the moment of conception until death."
Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, 1962

"The air and water grow heavier with the debris of our spectacular civilization."
Lyndon B. Johnson, 1967

"The choices we make affect the entire planet."
Chicago Earth Month Coalition, 2000

"As in a quiet backwater, pollution collects in the stratosphere and no rain washes it away."
Louise Young, 1977


Sustainable Forestry

"Forests were the first temples of the Divinity, and it is in the forests that men have grasped the first idea of architecture."
Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand, 1802

"The forests are dying, the rivers are dying, and we are called to act."
Dhyani Ywahoo

"Let the land dictate the practices, not the mill’s need for logs. Be patient, be prudent, be good stewards -- of the whole forest...the watersheds, the birds, the plants, the animals."
Kane Hardwood, Manager of the 126,000-acre FSC certified Collins Pennsylvania Forest

"Just imagine: There are 250 million hectares of savannas like these in South America alone. There's Africa. The tropical Orient. Places where there's space and sun and water. If we show the world how to plant them in sustainable forests, we can give people productive lives and maybe absorb enough carbon dioxide to stabilize global warming. This is a gift just as important as our pumps and solar water purifiers. Everywhere else they're tearing down rainforests. We're showing how to put them back."
Paolo Lugari

"There is no one-size-fits-all solution to protecting the world’s forests. The world’s forests and their circumstances are too diverse. If we search for a single program, a single framework, or a single institution to comprehensively address this problem, we’ll be disappointed."
David Sandalow, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans, Environment and Science

"God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools."
John Muir


Sustainable Agriculture

"I'm not predicting the end of all meat eating. Decades from now, cattle will still be raised, perhaps in patches of natural rangeland, for people inclined to eat and able to afford a porterhouse, while others will make exceptions in ceremonial meals on special days like Thanksgiving, which link us ritually to our evolutionary and cultural past. But the era of mass-produced animal flesh, and its unsustainable costs to human and environmental health, should be over before the next century is out."
Ed Ayres

"The adoption of recommended agricultural practices can reverse these trends, and resequester carbon lost from the world’s soils."
Rattan Lal, Professor of Soil Science, Ohio State University

"You know, there are farmers who have to wear a mask when they go to their fields, when they should be breathing the good, clean air."
Henri Paque, Belgian organic farmer

"Fertilizer should be treated like a prescription drug, its use strictly limited and only by official permission."
Washington Post 1990

"The nation that destroys its soil, destroys itself."
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1937

"Land is not merely soil: it is a fountain of energy flowing through a circuit of soils, plants and animals."
Aldo Leopold, 1949


Sustainable Colleges

"Colleges and universities wield incredible power, and yet, at least in terms of the environment, most have not wielded it well. With only a few noteworthy exceptions, most colleges and universities fail to educate their students in the environmental ramifications of their fields of study."
Teresa Heinz, Heinz Family Foundation

"You have 4000 universities in the country spending $190 billion on goods and services annually. That’s greater than the GDP of all but 20 nations. If schools were practicing renewable energy and buying environmentally sound products, it would have a huge impact."
Anthony Cortese, President, Second Nature


Carbon Trading

"Any CO2 offset program such as Climate Care is open to the charge that it simply offers consumers an unsustainable way to pay their way out of making changes to their behavior and purchasing habits. It is clear that to counter this the Trust must develop an offset program that makes a sustainable change in the CO2 content of products consumers buy. To do this, the Trust will aim to create as much of its offset portfolio as possible in "front of pipe" renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, with a special emphasis on projects that help develop new technologies and make them economic."
Carbon Storage Trust, UK

"Some countries are planning to trade in carbon credits that they cannot even measure. False reporting... could lead to the disintegration of the protocol"
Matthias Jonas of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria.



"We are on the verge of a significant transformation of the electric utility industry that will, 50 years from now, perhaps seem as significant as Edison’s invention."
Terry Esvelt, Bonneville Power Administration.

"Making electricity causes more air pollution than any other industry in the U.S."
Julie Blunden, Green Mountain

"Next time you see a coal train go by, keep this in mind : only one of every three boxcars on that train produces useful energy – the other two are wasted, resulting in air pollution that harms human health and causes global warming."
Jim Woehrle & Julie Bach, Minnesotans for an Energy-Efficient Economy

"An electron is an electron, but you can decide where to send your electric-bill payment," Mr. Cavanagh adds. "You can't redirect the electrons, but you can your dollars. The dollars will drive generation choices."
Ralph Cavanagh, an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council.


A Sustainable Economy

"If the people we entrust to manage the global economy — in the IMF and the US Treasury Department — don't begin a dialogue and take their criticisms to heart, things will continue to go very, very wrong."
Joe Stiglitz, Former World Bank chief economist and vice-president

"Private capital invested without a view toward sustainability and future generations can deplete natural resources for short-term gain leaving the country worse off, not better. Rather than an investment in, they are just an extraction from the host economy."
Kathleen McGinty, Chair, White House Council on Environmental Quality

"When a child is hungry, what parent can stop to ask whether an agricultural practice may leave the soil depleted years from now? When big business offer cash today for the right to deplete resources forever, how many poor communities can afford to say no? …These choices are understandable. .. They break open our hearts. But, let them not blind our eyes. In fact, the pattern is clear: Economic desperation leads to environmental destruction. And, environmental destruction saps economic potential in turn. The environment and the economy share the same fate."
Kathleen McGinty, Chair, White House Council on Environmental Quality

"How is it that we have created an economic system that tells us it is cheaper to destroy the earth and exhaust its people than to nurture them both ? Is it rational to have an pricing system which discounts the future and sells off the past ? How did we create an economic system that confused capital liquidation with income?"
Natural Capitalism, p321

"The idea is to renovate human civilization from top to bottom in environmentally sustainable ways. Humans would redesign and renovate everything from our farms to our factories, our garages to our garbage dumps, our schools, shops, houses, offices, and everything inside them, and we would do so in the wealthy North and the impoverished South. The economic activity such renovating would generate would be enormous."
Mark Hertsgaard

"Achieving sustainable economic growth will require the remodeling of agriculture, energy use and industrial production after nature's example."
Jessica Tuchman Matthews, 1989

"We do know what is happening. The question for us is whether our global society can cross the social threshold that will enable us to restructure the global economy before environmental deterioration leads to economic decline."
Lester Brown


The Developing World

"We see clearly that meeting the exploding demand of the developing world in this century will require energy solutions very different from those that we applied during our industrial revolution. We can envision opportunities to leapfrog over old patterns of energy development through "mini-grids," distributed generation and new technologies – much like the cell phone in many developing countries has rendered traditional copper wire infrastructure obsolete."
Peter I. Bijur, Chairman & CEO, Texaco Inc.

"Silently, relentlessly, and away from the glare of the world's media, "free trade" is displacing communities and destroying their livelihoods with all the ruthless efficiency of a civil war."
Kevin Watkins, Oxfam


Ecological Values

"In the end, the question is not ‘How do we use nature to serve our interests?’ It’s ‘How can we use humans to serve nature’s interest?’"
William McDonough

"A man does not plant a tree for himself; he plants it for posterity."
Alexander Smith, 1863

"We have a mighty task before us. The Earth needs our assistance."
Laurens van der Post

"Over the long haul of life on this planet, it is the ecologists, and not the bookkeepers of business, who are the ultimate accountants."
Stewart Udall, lawyer, congressman, author, former Secretary of the Interior.

"We must make the rescue of the environment the central organizing principle for civilization."
Al Gore

"If we do not change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed."
Chinese Proverb

"Each of us has the ability to act powerfully for change; together we can restore that ancient and sustaining harmony."
David Suzuki

"God has charged us to be loving and responsible stewards of creation -- but global warming threatens all of creation."
Rev Milton Jordan, United Methodist Church, Texas

"Jesus was an active person. Praying about clean water and air is fine. But taking action to make sure that the air and water are clean, that’s where we put our faith into action."
Rev. Sally Bingham, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

"It is for the preservation of God’s creation that we gather together to purchase electric power that has the least possible adverse effect on this fragile earth, our island home."
Maine Interfaith Power and Light

"When you look back on your life, will you be able to say, ‘Yes, I joined the pioneers of natural capitalism, and we did everything we could to make human industry a friend, not a foe, of the planet?’"
Tessa Tennant, Director, SRI Policy & Strategy, Henderson Investors, UK.

"It was not until we saw the picture of the earth from the moon, that we realized how small and how helpless this planet is; something that we must hold in our arms and care for."
Margaret Mead

"All things are possible, once enough human beings realize that everything is at stake."
Norman Cousins

"A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children."
John James Audubon (1785-1851)

"We desperately need to recognize that we are the guests not the masters of nature, and to adopt a new paradigm for development based on the costs and benefits to all people bound by the limits of nature herself, rather than the limits of technology and consumerism."
Mikhail Gorbachev, President of Green Cross International

"What is the use of a house, if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?"
Henry David Thoreau

"There can be no purpose more enspiriting than to begin the age of restoration, reweaving the wondrous diversity of life that still surrounds us."
Edward O. Wilson, author of "The Diversity of Life"

"Our task must be to widen our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty".
Albert Einstein (1879–1955)

"I know of no restorative of heart, body, and soul that is more effective against hopelessness than the restoration of the Earth."
Barry Lopez

"The covenant between God and Noah was for generations to come, and that covenant was for every living thing, not just humans."
Rev. Sally Bingham

"Let the clean wind blow the cobwebs from your body. Air is medicine."
Lillian Russell, 1922

"Think globally, but act locally."
Rene Dubos, 1981

"Ecological restoration, allied with the creation of ecosystem-scale wilderness reserves, represents the main hope that the organic quality of wildness may someday be resurrected in human souls and in all life-places on planet Earth."
Stephanie Mills - In Service of the Wild

"Richness and diversity of life-forms ... are ... values in themselves. Richness means we have to have an abundance of life of all kinds. We have to replenish the earth."
Arne Naess

"There can be no purpose more enspiriting than to begin the age of restoration, reweaving the wondrous diversity of life that still surrounds us."
Edward O. Wilson - The Diversity of Life

"Our greatest challenge is to begin the awesome task of healing the earth and transforming human consciousness while there is still time. In the restoration of the earth we will realise our true human potentials and rejoice not in our own creations, but with all creation in empathetic resonance and communion ..."
Dr. Michael Fox

" it is the duty of every thinking being to live, and to serve not only his own day and generation, but also generations unborn by helping to restore and maintain the green glory of the forests of the earth."
Richard St. Barbe Baker

"... the very process of the restoring the land to health is the process through which we become attuned to Nature and, through Nature, with ourselves. Restoration forestry, therefore, is both the means and the end, for as we learn how to restore the forest, we heal the forest, and as we heal the forest, we heal ourselves."
Chris Maser - Forest Primeval

"Restoration ecology is experimental science, a science of love and altruism. In its attempts to reverse the processes of ecosystem degradation it runs exactly counter to the market system, to land speculation, to the whole cultural attitude of regarding the Earth as commodity rather than community. It is a soft-souled science."
Stephanie Mills

"I have come to terms with the future. From this day onward I will walk easy on the earth. Plant trees. Kill no living things. Live in harmony with all creatures. I will restore the earth where I am. Use no more of its resources than I need. And listen, listen to what it is telling me."
M.J. Slim Hooey

"On past occasions, there have been thousands of years, even millions, for the corrective workings of the biosphere to adapt and adjust to new stresses. This time, there are just a few decades, far too short a period for Gaia to work its restorative course, unless it is done with the symbiotic support of humankind."
Norman Myers - The Gaia Atlas of Planet Management

"The point is to provide the next generation with the tools to restore Earth and themselves ... The security of humanity will not require armies of soldiers but battalions of conscious environmentalists."
Hanne Strong

"If we are to balance and direct our remarkable technological muscle power, we need to regain some ancient virtues: the humility to acknowledge how much we have yet to learn, the respect that will allow us to protect and restore nature, and the love that can lift our eyes to distant horizons, far beyond the next election, pay cheque or stock dividend. Above all we need to reclaim our faith in ourselves as creatures of the Earth, living in harmony with all other forms of life."
David Suzuki - The Sacred Balance

"There is something fundamentally wrong with treating the earth as if it were a business in liquidation."
Herman Daly

"Surely the God who cares about the fall of a sparrow and numbers the hairs on a human’s head cares about every child whose breathing is labored because of pollution-induced asthma, and every tree and frog killed through the effects of acid rain."
Energy Stewardship Congregations

"The earth provides for every man's need, but not for every man's greed."
Mahatma Gandhi

"Modern society will find no solution to the ecological problem unless it takes a serious look at its lifestyle."
Pope John Paul II

"There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew."
Marshall McLuhan

"The solution of present-day problems lies in the re-establishment of a harmonious relationship between man and nature. To keep this relationship permanent we will have to digest the definition of real development: development is synonymous with culture. When we sublimate nature in a way that we achieve peace, happiness, prosperity and, ultimately, fulfillment along with satisfying our basic needs, we march towards culture."
Sunderlal Bahuguna, Chipko Movement

"There is a whole new economy more vital to our survival than armaments; more attainable than space flight; more logical than the future that now faces us. It is the repair and restoration of our life support systems and the creation of a sustainable planet."
Roger Limerick

"The best friend of earth of man is the tree. When we use the tree respectfully and economically, we have one of the greatest resources on the earth."
Frank Lloyd Wright

"We must go through a natural revolution if we are to survive on earth. We need to change people's perceptions. If there's no environment, there's no human race. We are in a state of global denial."
Ted Turner

"I have no other wish than a close fusion with nature and I desire no other fate than to have worked and lived in harmony with her laws."
Claud Monet

"Change is possible. We know that, and we can alter our relationship with the world around us to create a sustainable future."
Al Gore, Campus Earth Summit, 1995

"The environment is much more than a policy position to me; it is a profoundly moral obligation. We only have one Earth. And if we do not keep it healthy and safe, every other gift we leave our children will be meaningless."
Al Gore

"Modern man no longer regards Nature as in any sense divine and feels perfectly free to behave toward her as an overweening conqueror and tyrant."
Aldous Huxley

"No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main."
John Donne, 1624

"We are wise because we follow nature as the best of guides, and obey her as a goddess."
Cicero, 45 BC

"The wilderness holds answers to questions man has not yet learned to ask."
Nancy Newhall, 1971

"Master of the Universe. Grant me the ability to be alone; May it be my custom to go outdoors each day among the trees and grasses among all growing things and there may I be alone, and enter into prayer, To talk with the one that I belong to."
Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav

"The Earth is our Mother, and we are all her children."
Hindu Proverb

"Perhaps the earth is teaching us when everything seems dead and then everything is alive."
Pablo Neruda

"Thank God, they cannot cut down the clouds!"
Henry David Thoreau, 1850

"It is in man's heart that the life of nature's spectacle exists; to see it, one must feel it."
Jean Jacques Rousseau, 1762

"Environment is a culture and culture is archetypal; it grows from deep within you, embodies long-lived feels toward shelter, family, community and self."
Moshe Safdie, 1970


Spiritual Values

"Today more than ever before life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility."
Dalai Lama, 1987

"The natural environment sustains the life of all beings universally."
Dalai Lama

"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."
Aldo Leopold, 1949

"I feel more confident than ever that the power to save the planet rests with the individual consumer."
Denis Hayes, International Chair of Earth Day

"Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man."
Stewart Udall

"The ecological crisis is doing what no other crisis in history has ever done - challenging us to a realization of a new humanity."
Jean Houston

"No one person has to do it all but if each one of us follow our heart and our own inclinations we will find the small things that we can do to create a sustainable future and a healthy environment."
John Denver

"Those who love and free nature are never alone."
Rachel Carson

"Of all our nation’s resources, water has become the most precious."
Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, 1962

"Towns expand at the expense of the open spaces which are the lungs of a city."
Le Corbusier, 1929

"By deliberately changing the internal image of reality, people can change the world."
Willis Harman

"One person can make all the difference in the world. For the first time in recorded human history, we have the fate of the whole planet in our hands."
Chrissie Hynde

"Glance at the sun. See the moon and the stars. Gaze at the beauty of the Earth’s greenings. Now, think".
Hildegard von Bingen (1098–1179)

"Through me there flashes this vision of a magnetic field in the soul, created in a timeless present by unknown multitudes, living in holy obedience, whose words and actions are a timeless prayer".
Dag Hammarskjold (1905–1961)

"Driven by the forces of love, the fragments of the world seek each other, so that the world may come into being. Love alone is capable of uniting living beings in such a way as to complete and fulfil them, for it alone takes them and joins them by what is deepest in themselves".
P. Teilhard de Chardin (1881–1955)

"If the world is to be healed through human efforts, I am convinced it will be by ordinary people, people whose love for this life is even greater than their fear. People who can open to the web of life that called us into being".
Joanna Macy

"We are at this moment participating in one of the very greatest leaps of the human spirit".
Joseph Campbell (1904–1987)

"How I lead my life speaks a prayer for the world I want to create".
Shannon Service

"Listen carefully this, you can hear me. I'm telling you because earth just like mother and father or brother of you. That tree same thing...Tree working when you sleeping and dream".
Bill Neidjie, Kakadu Australian Aboriginal


The Struggle for Change

"The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were."
John F. Kennedy

"Never be discouraged from being an activist because people tell you that you'll not succeed. You have already succeeded if you're out there representing truth or justice or compassion or fairness or love."
Doris Haddock (Granny D), who walked across America at the age of 89, to highlight the need for campaign finance reform.

"Solar, wind are safe and clean.
Let's shut down the oil machine!
We are here to let you know
The time has come for oil to go!"
Chant sung at the World Petroleum Congress, Calgary, June 2000

"Politics, more than any other sphere of life, is where the tough decisions get displaced. It is the only real alternative to warfare invented by human beings. Not only can and does the political terrain offer scope for healing conflict, but it also offers opportunity for creative leaps forward in new policies."
John Rensenbrink, Maine Green Party

"We have to fight specific wars in specific ways. Who knows, perhaps that's what the 21st century has in store for us. The dismantling of the Big. Big bombs, big dams, big ideologies, big contradictions, big countries, big wars, big heroes, big mistakes. Perhaps it will be the Century of the Small."
Arundhati Roy

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. "
Margaret Mead

"We have a duty to look after each other, and we invent governments for this purpose. If we lose control of our government, then we lose our ability to dispense justice and human kindness. Our first priority today, then, is to defeat utterly those forces of greed and corruption that have come between us and our self-governance."
Doris Haddock

"We have the physical resources and technically there is no reason why governments could not have enough money to initiate the repair and restoration of the planet's ecological lifelines. The most significant question is: Can such an undertaking attract the minds and hearts of literally hundreds of thousands of men and women who can grasp the vision of a new world, capable of sustaining humanity into the distant future? Without such men and women all technical solutions, no matter how correct, cannot succeed."
Roger Limerick, The Fireweed Project

"Those who hate the idea of cleaning up the campaign corruption in Washington say they want, instead, full disclosure of contributions. Full disclosure is a good thing. When the doctor knows you have a disease, you certainly want full disclosure. That is no substitute, however, for the cure. Full disclosure isn't enough with cancer, and it isn't enough with campaign finance reform."
Doris Haddock

"Your Honor, the song ("The Times they are a Changing") was a few years early, but the time has now come for change. The times are changing because they must. And they will sweep away the old politician --the self-serving, the self-absorbed, the corrupt. The time of that leader is rapidly fading. We have come through a brief time when we have allowed ourselves to be entertained by corrupt and hapless leaders because they offer so little else, and because, as citizens, we have been priced out of participation and can only try to get some enjoyment out of their follies. But the earth itself can no longer afford them. We owe this change to our children and our grandchildren and our great grandchildren. We need have no fear that a self-governing people can creatively and effectively address their needs as a nation and a world if the corrupt and greedy are out of their way, and ethical leadership is given the helm."
Doris Haddock

"You have to hold yourself accountable for your actions, and that's how we're going to protect the Earth."
Julia Butterfly Hill

"If you think the efforts of one individual will be nothing, then you have never been to bed with a mosquito".
Betty Reese

"If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are people who want rain without thunder and lightening. They want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will."
Frederick Douglass, Canandaigua, N.Y. 3, Aug. 1857

"Eco-justice is nothing less than taking seriously the destiny of humanity and the planet on which we live."
Petra Kelly, 1990

"There can be no question about whether we should or should not transform our society in the direction of sustainability."
Alan Atkinson

"To overcome the power of the big oil and auto corporations and entrenched special interests, we are going to have to build a very big movement."
Ronnie Cummins, Campaign on Auto Pollution

"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country."
Thomas Jefferson


Our Planetary Reality

"What we human beings are all living now, whether we are volunteers or not, is an extraordinary but exceptionally dangerous adventure. We have a very small number of years left to fail or to succeed in providing a sustainable future to our species".
Jacques Cousteau

"We are living on this planet as if we had another one to go to."
Terri Swearingen

"We are running an uncontrolled experiment on the Earth, and it continues as we go about our daily lives."
Dan Becker

"The supreme reality of our time is … the vulnerability of our planet."
John F. Kennedy, 1963


And finally…..

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
Eleanor Roosevelt

"Hold fast to dreams, for without them we are like birds with broken wings."
Chinese proverb