Happy Earth Day

“The wealth of the nation is air, water, soil, forest, scenic beauty, wildlife habitat — take that away and all that’s left is a wasteland.” 

— Gaylord Nelson, founder of Earth Day

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“Any fool can destroy trees. They cannot run away; and if they could, they would still be destroyed – chased and hunted down as long as fun or a dollar could be got out of their bark hides.”

— John Muir, naturalist, father of the National Park Service

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“I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.”

— E.B. White, writer

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“To stand at the edge of the sea, to sense the ebb and flow of the tides, to feel the breath of a mist moving over a great salt marsh, to watch the flight of shore birds that have swept up and down the surf lines of the continents for untold thousands of years, to see the running of the old eels and the young shad to the sea, is to have knowledge of things that are as nearly eternal as any earthly life can be.”

— Rachel Carson, author and environmentalist

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“God forbid that India should ever take to industrialism after the manner of the west… keeping the world in chains.  If [our nation] took to similar economic exploitation, it would strip the world bare like locusts.”

— Mohandas Gandhi, spiritual leader of India

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“As we watch the sun go down, evening after evening, through the smog across the poisoned waters of our native earth, we must ask ourselves seriously whether we really wish some future universal historian on another planet to say about us:  With all their genius and with all their skill, they ran out of foresight and air and food and water and ideas.

— U Thant, Burmese diplomat

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“To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed. ”

— Theodore Roosevelt, conservationist, president

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2 Responses to “Happy Earth Day”

  1. Very inspiring and moving. And I can appreciate the effort in putting up all those pictures and formatting it all.

    Do you read Wendell Berry at all? Did you watch the PBS show on Earth Day?

  2. I’ve never heard of Wendell Berry, but after reading his entry on Wikipedia, I will have to get a few of his books! Also, I missed the PBS show on Earth Day. I will try to find it on YouTube or PBS.com.

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