This book is exactly what the title says it is. Other than a short introduction, it is
pages of quotations ranging from people in our own time to those in the distant past, all having to do with some aspect of the environment. It is divided into
eight sections: Conservation; The Earth; Ecology; Environmentalism; Global Warming; Nature; Pollution; The Wilderness. As expected, there is not one word
about chemtrails or geoengineering. This book was published in 2009, and I have to admit, I was not really much aware of them either at that point, nor were
they as blatant as they are now since Obama assumed his dictatorship. And really, I cannot remember how far back it was when there seemed to be hope that
someone in the government would actually be able to make a difference—be willing to turn things around for the environment. But instead, it has gotten
worse—much, much worse, certainly in the past ten years. In fact, as I read, my heart was breaking because even back in 2009, seven short years ago, it
seems people still had hopes that there would be a chance to protect the environment. But knowing what I do now, that our own government, military, and
powerful corporations are not only blatantly abusing this planet, they are purposely doing it! And the general population turns a blind eye, and continues
to text, barely looking up to see the ever accelerating collapse of the world around them.
The best way to review this collection of provocative comments is to share them. The most difficult part was deciding which to share, as I have jotted down way too many to include here. Some are comical or acerbic. The book includes quite a few by George Carlin. I will no doubt keep this book handy to enhance my own environmental writings and reviews. I have used quite a few on my The Earth, Environment, Geology Index Page. In addition, since the earth has been dear to my heart since I was a little girl, and I have myself been an environmental activist for over 30 years, I have added my own personal comments, along with these profound thoughts of others.
One other point: Many of the quotes included in this collection are by current politicians. Most of those I avoided, because, quite frankly, most politicians today are a bunch of phony liars who couldn't care less about anything but money and power: John Kerry, Obama, even Al Gore; they all make me sick.
Willful waste brings woeful want.
I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have
to wait till oil and coal run out before we tackle that.
Since natural resources are finite, increased consumption must inevitably lead to depletion and scarcity.
Take nothing but pictures.
Leave nothing but footprints.
Kill nothing but time.
If people destroy something replaceable made by mankind, they are called vandals; if they
destroy something irreplaceable made by God, they are called developers.
Joseph Wood Krutch
Having to squeeze the last drop of utility out of the land has the same desperate
finality as having to chop up the furniture to keep warm.
The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun.
If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being
regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an
industrious and enterprising citizen.
Henry David Thoreau
I have nothing against the planet per se. I root for the big comet or asteroid as a way of
cleansing the planet. The comet or asteroid 65 million years ago is probably what gave us our opening to replace the reptiles.
Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed.
The earth we abuse and the living things we kill will, in the end, take their revenge; for
in exploiting their presence we are diminishing our future.
(And that's happening right now.)
Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.
Organic farming has been shown to provide major benefits for wildlife and the wider
environment. The best that can be said about genetically engineered crops is that they will now be monitored to see how much damage they cause.
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.
We're finally going to get the bill for the Industrial Age. If the projections are right,
it's going to be a big one: the ecological collapse of the planet.
(And it is happening at blinding speed.)
We shall continue to have a worsening ecological crisis until we reject the Christian
axiom that nature has no reason for existence save to serve man.
Lynne White, Jr.
Economic advance is not the same things as human progress.
We must make this an insecure and inhospitable place for capitalists and their projects. . . . We must reclaim the roads and plowed land, halt dam
construction, tear down existing dams, free shackled rivers and return to wilderness millions of tens of millions of acres of presently settled land.
(One way or another, it will happen.)
I have to say, I agreed with very little in this section. Knowing what I do about geoengineering or chemtrails, that they are by far the most blatant cause of the climate disaster that is now spinning out of control, every other suspected cause is dwarfed by the monstrosity of this heinous crime being committed day in and day out by our government and military industrial complex. But here are a few I found interesting.
If you asked me to name the three scariest threats facing the human race, I would give the
same answer that most people would: nuclear war, global warming and Windows.
Humanity, let us say, is like people packed in a automobile which is traveling downhill
without lights at a terrific speed and driven by a four-year-old child. The signposts along the way are all marked progress.
This is not a disaster, it is merely a change. The area [Bangladesh] won't have disappeared,
it will just be under water. Where you now have cows, you will have fish.
J. R. Spradley
(And the same may be said about the East Coast of America . . . )
The first proof of global warming may well come from the bleaching of the fragile and highly sensitive coral reef system.
Ernest H. Williams
(And that has already happened to the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia.)
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.
Cyrano de Bergerac
Human destiny is bound to remain a gamble, because at some unpredictable time and in some
unforeseeable manner nature will strike back.
The old Lakota was wise. He knew that men'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.
Chief Luther Standing Bear
(And it absolutely has.)
Our modern industrial economy takes a mountain covered with trees, lakes, running streams,
and transforms it into a mountain of junk, garbage, slime pits, and debris.
It is a sign of our power, and our criminal folly, that we can pollute the vast ocean and are doing so.
And Man created the plastic bag and the tin and aluminum can and the cellophane wrapper
and the paper plate, and this was good because Man could then take his automobile and buy all his food in one place and He could save that which was
good to eat in the refrigerator and throw away that which had no further use. And soon the earth was covered with plastic bags and aluminum cans and paper
plates and disposable bottles and there was nowhere to sit down or walk and Man shook his head and cried: "Look at this God-awful mess."
In an underdeveloped country, don't drink the water; in a developed country, don't breathe the air.
Changing Times Magazine
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has
been caught will we realize we cannot eat money
Cree Indian Proverb
There is so much pollution in the air now that if it weren't for our lungs, there'd be no place to put it all.
The greed of the rich is often the root cause of serious pollution problems. In such cases
we can only pray, "God do not forgive them, for they know what they do."
Increasingly, the world around us looks as if we hated it.
Filthy water cannot be washed.
West African Proverb
Some national parks have long waiting lists for camping reservations. When you have to wait a
year to sleep next to a tree, something is wrong.
Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.
And last of all, here are some of my own, that I frequently use:
I never in my life, ever thought I would live to see the day when summers in beautiful Ohio would be dark.
It is the epitome of a deranged mind that the people in power think they have the right to take away our sunshine.
Concerning Chemtrails/Geoengineering and Pollution:
It is bad enough when corporations and individuals pollute and pour toxins into the environment through accidents or negligence, but it is a criminal act of the most heinous degree that our government and military industrial complex spray us day in and day out with toxic aerosols.
Concerning Abuse and Destruction of the Land: (This is one I've been saying for over 30 years.)
We can either stop our destruction of this planet voluntarily, or it will be stopped for us, involuntarily.
(We are truly on the latter road, and it will continue to accelerate until life on this planet is gone. It is already well in progress.)
I hope you found in these quotes some points to ponder, then act upon. We are well past the point when anyone on this planet is allowed to sit back and do nothing.
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