Unfortunately, our affluent society has also been an effluent society.
The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination. But the combination is locked up in the safe.
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.
Zoos are becoming facsimiles - or perhaps caricatures - of how animals once were in their natural habitat. If the right policies toward nature were pursued, we would need no zoos at all.
I feel more confident than ever that the power to save the planet rests with the individual consumer.
The major problems in the world are the result of the difference between how nature works and the way people think.
The two most abundant forms of power on earth are solar and wind, and they're getting cheaper and cheaper
The land is sacred. These words are at the core of your being. The land is our mother, the rivers our blood. Take our land away and we die. That is, the Indian in us dies.
How beautiful the leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.
If people destroy something replaceable made by mankind, they are called vandals; if they destroy something irreplaceable made by God, they are called developers.
We can never have enough of nature.
To halt the decline of an ecosystem, it is necessary to think like an ecosystem.
Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons. It is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.
In its broadest ecological context, economic development is the development of more intensive ways of exploiting the natural environment.
If we do not permit the Earth to produce beauty and joy, it will in the end not produce food either.
Racial injustice, war, urban blight, and environmental rape have a common denominator in our exploitative economic system.
I have no doubt that we will be successful in harnessing the sun's energy.... If sunbeams were weapons of war, we would have had solar energy centuries ago.
For many of us, water simply flows from a faucet, and we think little about it beyond this point of contact. We have lost a sense of respect for the wild river, for the complex workings of a wetland, for the intricate web of life that water supports.
We must protect the forests for our children, grandchildren and children yet to be born. We must protect the forests for those who can't speak for themselves such as the birds, animals, fish and trees.
If we think systematically, we will stop asking, "How much is nature worth?" We will know that we are a piece of nature ourselves.
I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use our natural resources, but I do not recognize the right to waste them, or to rob by wasteful use, the generations that come after us.
The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased, and not impaired in value.
I am drawn to the wild not because it is wild but because it is sensible, logical, ordered, stable, resilient. Wild nature is everything we're struggling to regain.
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