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"Will you teach your children what we have taught our children? That the Earth is our Mother? What befalls the Earth befalls all the sons of the Earth.

This we know: the Earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself."

Chief Seattle in a letter to President Franklin Pierce, 1852


"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."

Calvin Coolidge


"You are capable of more than you know.
Choose a goal that seems right for you and strive to be the best, however hard the path.

  • Aim high.
  • Behave honorably.
  • Prepare to be alone at times, and to endure failure. Persist! The world needs all you can give."

E.O. Wilson


"We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel when we should be using nature’s inexhaustible sources of energy -sun, wind and tide. ... I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that."

Thomas Edison to Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone (1931)


"We must strive to become good ancestors."

Ralph Nader


"The human race is challenged more than ever before to demonstrate our mastery, not over nature but of ourselves."

Rachel Carson


"The Environment is everything that disappears when you close your eyes."

SuperForest


"We need to love and respect the Earth with the same intensity that we give our families and our tribe."

James Lovelock


"Environmentalism does not come in any one shape, size, or look and it is also about protecting people in the places where they live, work, and rear families."

Lisa Jackson (EPA Administrator for Sierra Club)


"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 see it with love & respect."

Aldo Leopold


"Working together, we have proven that sustainable development is possible; that reforestation of degraded land is possible; and that exemplary governance is possible when ordinary citizens are informed, sensitized, mobilized and involved in direct action for the environment."

Wangari Maathai (Assistant Minister for Natural Resources)


"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves."

John Muir


"I went into the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I have no lived."

Henry David Thoreau (American essayist, poet and philosopher, 1817–1862)


"You are the change you want to see in the world."

Ghandi


"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace."

Jimi Hendrix

"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 see it with love & respect."
~ Aldo Leopold