Environmental Quotes

The environment is everything that isn’t me.

— Albert Einstein

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

— Margaret Mead

Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.

— John Muir

Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.

— Henry David Thoreau

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

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.

— John Muir

It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.

— Ansel Adams

We won’t have a society if we destroy the environment.

— Margaret Mead

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

I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?

— Robert Redford

I did not become a vegetarian for my health, I did it for the health of the chickens.

— Isaac Bashevis Singer

Take a course in good water and air and in the eternal youth of Nature you may renew your own. Go quietly, alone no harm will befall you.

— John Muir

They claim this mother of ours, the Earth, for their own use, and fence their neighbors away from her, and deface her with their buildings and their refuse.

— Sitting Bull

By polluting clear water with slime you will never find good drinking water.

— Aeschylus

Birds are indicators of the environment. If they are in trouble, we know we’ll soon be in trouble.

— Roger Tory Peterson

If we do not permit the earth to produce beauty and joy, it will in the end not produce food, either.

— Joseph Wood Krutch

Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land.

— Aldo Leopold

After all, sustainability means running the global environment – Earth Inc. – like a corporation: with depreciation, amortization and maintenance accounts. In other words, keeping the asset whole, rather than undermining your natural capital.

— Maurice Strong

All is connected… no one thing can change by itself.

— Paul Hawken

You will die but the carbon will not its career does not end with you. It will return to the soil, and there a plant may take it up again in time, sending it once more on a cycle of plant and animal life.

— Jacob Bronowski

In a few decades, the relationship between the environment, resources and conflict may seem almost as obvious as the connection we see today between human rights, democracy and peace.

— Wangari Maathai

If we gave up eating beef we would have roughly 20 to 30 times more land for food than we have now.

— James Lovelock

I see humanity now as one vast plant, needing for its highest fulfillment only love, the natural blessings of the great outdoors, and intelligent crossing and selection.

— Luther Burbank

People blame their environment. There is only one person to blame – and only one – themselves.

— Robert Collier

We must return to nature and nature’s god.

— Luther Burbank

Why are ecologists and environmentalists so feared and hated? This is because in part what they have to say is new to the general public, and the new is always alarming.

— Garrett Hardin

I don’t think we’re going to save anything if we go around talking about saving plants and animals only we’ve got to translate that into what’s in it for us.

— Jim Fowler

I think the cost of energy will come down when we make this transition to renewable energy.

— Al Gore

When a man wantonly destroys one of the works of man we call him a vandal. When he destroys one of the works of god we call him a sportsman.

— Joseph Wood Krutch

Every time I have some moment on a seashore, or in the mountains, or sometimes in a quiet forest, I think this is why the environment has to be preserved.

— Bill Bradley

Environmental degradation, overpopulation, refugees, narcotics, terrorism, world crime movements, and organized crime are worldwide problems that don’t stop at a nation’s borders.

— Warren Christopher

Journey with me to a true commitment to our environment. Journey with me to the serenity of leaving to our children a planet in equilibrium.

— Paul Tsongas

No one should be able to enter a wilderness by mechanical means.

— Garrett Hardin

In a finite world this means that the per capita share of the world’s goods must steadily decrease.

— Garrett Hardin

I think Captain Cousteau might be the father of the environmental movement.

— Ted Turner

Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left.

— Aldo Leopold

The only way forward, if we are going to improve the quality of the environment, is to get everybody involved.

— Richard Rogers

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

— Dennis Weaver

I can find God in nature, in animals, in birds and the environment.

— Pat Buckley

Not all is doom and gloom. We are beginning to understand the natural world and are gaining a reverence for life – all life.

— Roger Tory Peterson

I think the government has to reposition environment on top of their national and international priorities.

— Brian Mulroney

Our world faces a true planetary emergency. I know the phrase sounds shrill, and I know it’s a challenge to the moral imagination.

— Al Gore

You may be able to fool the voters, but not the atmosphere.

— Donella Meadows

Environmental concern is now firmly embedded in public life: in education, medicine and law in journalism, literature and art.

— Barry Commoner

There is no place where we can safely store worn-out reactors or their garbage. No place!

— David R. Brower

It seems that every time mankind is given a lot of energy, we go out and wreck something with it.

— David R. Brower

It is absolutely imperative that we protect, preserve and pass on this genetic heritage for man and every other living thing in as good a condition as we received it.

— David R. Brower

We assume that everything’s becoming more efficient, and in an immediate sense that’s true our lives are better in many ways. But that improvement has been gained through a massively inefficient use of natural resources.

— Paul Hawken

Unless we keep this planet healthy, everything else is for naught.

— Victoria Principal

Population, when unchecked, goes on doubling itself every 25 years or increases in a geometrical ratio.

— Thomas Malthus

The modern assault on the environment began about 50 years ago, during and immediately after World War II.

— Barry Commoner

Earth Day 1970 was irrefutable evidence that the American people understood the environmental threat and wanted action to resolve it.

— Barry Commoner

If we bestow but a very little attention to the economy of the animal creation, we shall find manifest examples of premeditation, perseverance, resolution, and consumate artifice, in order to effect their purpose.

— William Bartram

If you violate Nature’s laws you are your own prosecuting attorney, judge, jury, and hangman.

— Luther Burbank

For me, going vegan was an ethical and environmental decision. I’m doing the right thing by the animals.

— Alexandra Paul

People in Slow Food understand that food is an environmental issue.

— Michael Pollan

We are now heading down a centuries-long path toward increasing the productivity of our natural capital – the resource systems upon which we depend to live – instead of our human capital.

— Paul Hawken

A knowledgeable and courageous U.S. president could help enormously in leading the world’s nations toward saving the climate.

— Donella Meadows

I consider myself to have been the bridge between the shotgun and the binoculars in bird watching. Before I came along, the primary way to observe birds was to shoot them and stuff them.

— Roger Tory Peterson

The Endangered Species Act is the strongest and most effective tool we have to repair the environmental harm that is causing a species to decline.

— Norm Dicks

Under the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Program, homes are independently verified to be measurably more energy efficient than average houses.

— Melissa Bean

Maintaining healthy forests is essential to those who make a living from the land and for those of us who use them for recreational purposes.

— Cathy McMorris

Nuclear power will help provide the electricity that our growing economy needs without increasing emissions. This is truly an environmentally responsible source of energy.

— Michael Burgess

We learned that economic growth and environmental protection can and should go hand in hand.

— Christopher Dodd

In today’s world, it is no longer unimaginable to think that business can operate – and even thrive – in an environmentally-friendly manner.

— Olympia Snowe

The government should set a goal for a clean environment but not mandate how that goal should be implemented.

— Dixie Lee Ray

Mankind is considered (by the radical environmentalists) the lowest and the meanest of all species and is blamed for everything.

— Dixie Lee Ray

Local innovation and initiative can help us better understand how to protect our environment.

— Gale Norton

Why has it seemed that the only way to protect the environment is with heavy-handed government regulation?

— Gale Norton

Liberals in Congress have spent the past three decades pandering to environmental extremists. The policies they have put in place are in large part responsible for the energy crunch we are seeing today. We have not built a refinery in this country for 30 years.

— Marsha Blackburn

We don’t have to sacrifice a strong economy for a healthy environment.

— Dennis Weaver

Within 10 years it will be impossible to travel to the North Pole by dog team. There will be too much open water.

— Will Steger

Industry is fortune’s right hand, and frugality its left.

— John Ray

Much of the debate over global warming is predicated on fear, rather than science.

— James Inhofe

Pushing production out of America to nations without our environmental standards increases global environmental risks.

— Frank Murkowski

I firmly believe that we can have a healthy environment and a sustainable timber industry.

— Frank Murkowski

If the federal government had been around when the Creator was putting His hand to this state, Indiana wouldn’t be here. It’d still be waiting for an environmental impact statement.

— Ronald Reagan

I have a private plane. But I fly commercial when I go to environmental conferences.

— Arnold Schwarzenegger

A very Faustian choice is upon us: whether to accept our corrosive and risky behavior as the unavoidable price of population and economic growth, or to take stock of ourselves and search for a new environmental ethic.

— E. O. Wilson

The real cure for our environmental problems is to understand that our job is to salvage Mother Nature. We are facing a formidable enemy in this field. It is the hunters… and to convince them to leave their guns on the wall is going to be very difficult.

— Jacques Yves Cousteau

There are two problems for our species’ survival – nuclear war and environmental catastrophe – and we’re hurtling towards them. Knowingly.

— Noam Chomsky

Moral codes adjust themselves to environmental conditions.

— Will Durant

I’ve used the prestige and influence of having been a president of the United States as effectively as possible. And secondly, I’ve still been able to carry out my commitments to peace and human rights and environmental quality and freedom and democracy and so forth.

— Jimmy Carter

Advertising is an environmental striptease for a world of abundance.

— Marshall McLuhan

More and more companies are reaching out to their suppliers and contractors to work jointly on issues of sustainability, environmental responsibility, ethics, and compliance.

— Simon Mainwaring

We now see numerous examples of brands working together to address issues such as environmental degradations, climate control, pollution, poverty and disease.

— Simon Mainwaring

When people align around shared political, social, economic or environmental values, and take collective action, thinking and behavior that compromises the lives of millions of people around the world can truly change.

— Simon Mainwaring

Moreover, the practical recommendations deduced from ecological principles threaten the vested interests of commerce it is hardly surprising that the financial and political power created by these investments should be used sometimes to suppress environmental impact studies.

— Garrett Hardin

Factory farming is one of the biggest contributors to the most serious environmental problems. The meat industry causes more greenhouse gas emissions than all the cars, trucks, planes and ships in the world.

— Joan Jett

Economists treat economics as if it is a pure science divorced from the facts of life. The result of this false accountancy is a willful confusion under cover of which industry wreaks its havoc scot-free and ignores the environmental cost.

— Vivienne Westwood

In the environmental movement, every time you lose a battle it’s for good, but our victories always seem to be temporary and we keep fighting them over and over again.

— David Suzuki

Environmental concern is a little like dieting or paying off credit-card debt – an episodically terrific idea that burns brightly and then seems to fade when we realize there’s a reason we need to diet or pay down our debt. The reason is that it’s really, really hard, and too many of us in too many spheres of life choose the easy over the hard.

— Jon Meacham

I always thought we had an environmental problem, but I hadn’t realized how urgent it was. James Lovelock writes that by the end of this century there will be one billion people left.

— Vivienne Westwood

This is absolutely bizarre that we continue to subsidize highways beyond the gasoline tax, airlines, and we don’t subsidize, we don’t want to subsidize a national rail system that has environmental impact.

— Joe Biden

All we can hope for is that the thing is going to slowly and imperceptibly shift. All I can say is that 50 years ago there were no such thing as environmental policies.

— David Attenborough

I believe we should reframe our response to climate change as an imperative for growth rather than merely being a way of being green or meeting environmental commitments.

— William Hague

A primary function of art and thought is to liberate the individual from the tyranny of his culture in the environmental sense and to permit him to stand beyond it in an autonomy of perception and judgment.

— Beverly Sills

My lens of choice was always the 35 mm. It was more environmental. You can’t come in closer with the 35 mm.

— Annie Leibovitz

Over and over, we hear politicians say they can’t spend our tax dollars on environmental protection when the economy is so fragile.

— David Suzuki

If we want to address global warming, along with the other environmental problems associated with our continued rush to burn our precious fossil fuels as quickly as possible, we must learn to use our resources more wisely, kick our addiction, and quickly start turning to sources of energy that have fewer negative impacts.

— David Suzuki

From year to year, environmental changes are incremental and often barely register in our lives, but from evolutionary or geological perspectives, what is happening is explosive change.

— David Suzuki

Beyond reducing individual use, one of our top priorities must be to move from fossil fuels to energy that has fewer detrimental effects on water supplies and fewer environmental impacts overall.

— David Suzuki

I don’t see this planet being… they’re talking about how they’re turning around the environmental problems here, but I think it’s already too late.

— Ace Frehley

Nature is not simply a technical or economical resource, and human beings are not mere numbers. To suggest that one can somehow align all the squabbling institutions of science, environmental management, government and diplomacy in an alliance of convenience to regulate the global climate seems to me optimistic.

— James Buchan

I took the initiative in moving forward a whole range of initiatives that have proven to be important to our country’s economic growth, environmental protection, improvements in our educational system.

— Al Gore

In Kenya women are the first victims of environmental degradation, because they are the ones who walk for hours looking for water, who fetch firewood, who provide food for their families.

— Wangari Maathai

We had some major successes and we did so because the country embraced the spirit of Earth Day and embraced this concept that we have to have forward-looking, visionary environmental policy and energy policy in this country.

— Jay Inslee

Energy and environmental regulation, transportation, and broadband policy all benefit when legislators have a basic grounding in the technical concepts behind business models, products, and innovation.

— John Sununu

Raising awareness on the most pressing environmental issues of our time is more important than ever.

— Leonardo DiCaprio

Toxins love to get you while you’re young. Lead, mercury, secondhand smoke and sundry other environmental nasties do a lot more damage when tissue is immature, vulnerable and growing than when it’s mature and comparatively fixed.

— Jeffrey Kluger

If China is helping its domestic industries charge an artificially low price for solar panels and other environmental goods, then China is violating international trade rules that it agreed to when it became a member of the World Trade Organization.

— Ron Wyden

American culture is torn between our long romance with violence and our terror of the devastation wrought by war and crime and environmental havoc.

— Katherine Dunn

Complexity is one of the great problems in environmental design.

— Christopher Alexander

We have fought for social justice. We have fought for economic justice. We have fought for environmental justice. We have fought for criminal justice. Now we must add a new fight – the fight for electoral justice.

— Barbara Boxer

I am going to confront the old-fashioned negative thinking which says that all government needs to do to generate growth is cut worker and environmental protections, cut taxes on the rich and stroke ‘fat cats’ until they purr with pleasure. I’m completely repudiating the idea that government has to get out of the way.

— Vince Cable

We need to accept the seemingly obvious fact that a toxic environment can make people sick and that no amount of medical intervention can protect us. The health care community must become a powerful political lobby for environmental policy and legislation.

— Andrew Weil

The environmental crisis arises from a fundamental fault: our systems of production – in industry, agriculture, energy and transportation – essential as they are, make people sick and die.

— Barry Commoner

The most meaningful engine of change, powerful enough to confront corporate power, may be not so much environmental quality, as the economic development and growth associated with the effort to improve it.

— Barry Commoner

I really believe in the environmental movement right now – it only takes a little effort to make a big difference.

— Brooke Burke

Americans don’t pay much attention to environmental issues, because they aren’t sexy. I mean, cleaning up coal plants and reining in outlaw frackers is hugely important work, but it doesn’t get anybody’s pulse racing.

— Jeff Goodell

Mark Ruffalo, aka the Incredible Hulk, is the natural gas industry’s worst nightmare: a serious, committed activist who is determined to use his star power as a superhero in the hottest movie of the moment to draw attention the environmental and public health risks of fracking.

— Jeff Goodell

Have we failed to slow global warming pollution in part because climate and environmental activists have been too polite and well behaved?

— Jeff Goodell

In this country, the health concerns and the environmental concerns are as deep as in Europe. All the surveys show that. But here, we didn’t have the cultural dimension. This is a fast-food culture.

— Jeremy Rifkin

The position I took at the time was that we hadn’t really examined any of the potential environmental consequences of introducing genetically modified organisms.

— Jeremy Rifkin

The industrial processes in use today were developed at a time when no one had to consider what the environmental impact was. Who cared? But making ecological concerns matter to a company’s bottom line will help it do the research and development that will reinvent everything we buy.

— Daniel Goleman

The most important environmental issue is one that is rarely mentioned, and that is the lack of a conservation ethic in our culture.

— Gaylord Nelson

At every turn, when humanity is asked the question, ‘Do you want temporary economic gain or long-term environmental loss, which one do you prefer,’ we invariably choose the money.

— Ethan Hawke

A shift is necessary toward lifestyles less geared to environmental damaging consumption patterns.

— Maurice Strong

I am on the board of corporations who contribute both to environmental problems and their solutions. And I am on the NGO side: the Earth Council and other organizations.

— Maurice Strong

I’ve developed a huge regard for Toyota for its environmental awareness, for its immense commitment to research and development in this field, and for its leadership in developing hybrids which others are now following.

— Maurice Strong

One of the things that I’ve always thought I would like to do is to develop an environmental index. Then people can measure their own environmental performance on an index as they do in other ways.

— Maurice Strong

Ted Turner is still a leader. And he sets a great example. His ability financially has been reduced, but his influence and his example still is an important asset to the whole environmental movement.

— Maurice Strong

Why should we not expect self-designated environmental leaders to practice what they preach?

— David Frum

I’m a latecomer to the environmental issue, which for years seemed to me like an excuse for more government regulation. But I can see that in rich societies, voters are paying less attention to economic issues and more to issues of the spirit, including the environment.

— David Frum

Civilization has given us enormous successes: going to the moon, technology. But then this is the civilisation that took us to debt, environmental crisis, every single crisis. We need a civilization where we say goodbye to these things.

— Muhammad Yunus

To be clear, climate change is a true 800 pound gorilla in the room. The effects of global warming threaten global environmental upheaval over the coming century. But for South Florida and the Everglades, it could be our death knell if urgent action is not taken.

— Debbie Wasserman Schultz

You cannot achieve environmental security and human development without addressing the basic issues of health and nutrition.

— Gro Harlem Brundtland

I don’t think it’s too hippie to want to clean up the planet so you don’t wind up dying of some kind of cancer when you’re 45 years old. It enrages me that these big cancer-research organizations can’t be bothered to man the front lines of environmental protest.

— Jello Biafra

The environmental benefits of hydrogen are also outstanding. When used as an energy source, hydrogen produces no emissions besides water. Zero polluting emissions, an amazing advance over the current sources of energy that we use.

— Dan Lipinski

Hydrogen holds great promise to meet many of our future energy needs, and it addresses national security and our environmental concerns. Hydrogen is the simplest, most abundant element in the universe.

— Dan Lipinski

By cutting critical domestic programs such as education, health, environmental protection, and veterans’ services, this budget reveals misplaced priorities.

— Dan Lipinski

There are nuclear weapons in China, Iran, Korea and Pakistan. It wouldn’t take much to send a couple of warheads off on this planet somewhere that would cause a lot of environmental damage, then if you have got someone who wants to retaliate you have real problems.

— Edward James Olmos

I’d say that animal rights and environmental issues have always been at the forefront of my mind.

— Corey Feldman

My entry into the environmental arena was through the issue that so dramatically – and destructively – demonstrates the link between science and social action: nuclear weapons.

— Barry Commoner

In every case, the environmental hazards were made known only by independent scientists, who were often bitterly opposed by the corporations responsible for the hazards.

— Barry Commoner

By adopting the control strategy, the nation’s environmental program has created a built-in antagonism between environmental quality and economic growth.

— Barry Commoner

Environmental quality was drastically improved while economic activity grew by the simple expedient of removing lead from gasoline – which prevented it from entering the environment.

— Barry Commoner

The wave of new productive enterprises would provide opportunities to remedy the unjust distribution of environmental hazards among economic classes and racial and ethnic communities.

— Barry Commoner

The environmental crisis is a global problem, and only global action will resolve it.

— Barry Commoner

Environmental pollution is an incurable disease. It can only be prevented.

— Barry Commoner

What I have experienced over time is that environmental problems are easier to deal with in ways that don’t go into their interconnections to the rest of what we are.

— Barry Commoner

There is no question that photography has played a major role in the environmental movement.

— Galen Rowell

These days, most nature photographers are deeply committed to the environmental message.

— Galen Rowell

I decided that now is the time to start doing the things that really interest me and I find important. It was in the 10 years of the MacArthur grant that I began working on my first book… and I began putting more work into environmental history.

— Jared Diamond

Federal elections happen every two years in this country. Presidential elections every four years. And four years just isn’t long enough to dismantle all the environmental laws we’ve got in this country.

— Jared Diamond

New Zealand needs to balance its environmental responsibilities with its economic opportunities, because the risk is that if you don’t do that – and you want to lead the world – then you might end up getting unintended consequences.

— John Key

Our work on light bulbs wasn’t an arbitrary mandate. We didn’t just pick a standard out of the air, or look for a catchy sounding standard like 25 by 2025 not based in science or feasibility. Instead, we worked with both industry and environmental groups to come up with a standard that made sense and was doable.

— Fred Upton

Without international participation, jobs and emissions will simply shift overseas to countries that require few, if any, environmental protections, harming the global environment as well as the U.S. economy.

— Fred Upton

The main environmental challenge of the 21st century is poverty. When you don’t know where your next meal is coming from, it’s hard to consider the environment 100 years down the line.

— Bjorn Lomborg

In the rich world, the environmental situation has improved dramatically. In the United States, the most important environmental indicator, particulate air pollution, has been cut by more than half since 1955, rivers and coastal waters have dramatically improved, and forests are increasing.

— Bjorn Lomborg

I think an old style of addressing environmental problems is ebbing, but the rise of the so-called conservative, political movement in this country is not a trend towards the future but a reaction to this very broad shift that we are undergoing.

— Paul Hawken

Environmental protection doesn’t happen in a vacuum. You can’t separate the impact on the environment from the impact on our families and communities.

— Jim Clyburn

Like I said, I’m more worried long term about the environmental issues then the use of arms.

— Hans Blix

The Body Shop Foundation is run by our staff and supports social activism and environmental activism. We don’t tend to support big agencies.

— Anita Roddick

I reflect back 35 years ago, and look how far we have come in America with our environmental policy to improve the conditions of our air and water, and we have had some real successes.

— Jay Inslee

More than ever before, there is a global understanding that long-term social, economic, and environmental development would be impossible without healthy families, communities, and countries.

— Gro Harlem Brundtland

There’s so many issues tied to the meat industry. I mean, social, environmental, humanitarian – all of them. I know that when I’m eating that I’m not hurting the planet, I’m not hurting other people on this planet, I’m not hurting animals… and I’m not hurting nature.

— Maggie Q

We all recognize that in recent decades, many important achievements have helped create a cleaner, healthier environment, yet our national needs in environmental health are not being fully met.

— Samuel Wilson

We created the Cabinet Committee on the Environment to review the environmental implications of all government initiatives. I think what made us successful was the fact that it was a sustained approach. We did something new every year.

— Brian Mulroney

If we talk about the environment, for example, we have to talk about environmental racism – about the fact that kids in South Central Los Angeles have a third of the lung capacity of kids in Santa Monica.

— Danny Glover

A fascinating challenge facing today’s environmental movement is how to best approach the reversal of past decisions that altered once-pristine environmental spaces for the sake of urgent man-made needs.

— Matt Gonzalez

Some types of environmental restoration projects are well-known restored wetlands, for instance, or coal mine reclamation projects. Recently though, larger dam removal projects have started, a number of them in Washington state.

— Matt Gonzalez

Unless action is taken soon – unless we can display the same vision of that earlier period – we will lose the treasure of California’s open space and environmental beauty.

— Adam Schiff

I thought I was gonna be an attorney, so I went to Dartmouth and I was a government major and I minored in environmental policy, and I didn’t do anything academically around the arts.

— Aisha Tyler

And I know that the younger generation is doing things that are so ingenious. And for them it’s not a matter of a political belief or an environmental stance. It’s really just common sense.

— Daryl Hannah

On the environmental front there’s concern about global warming and high levels of carbon dioxide, and trees take in CO2 and store carbon.

— Clive Anderson

But, as environment minister, I am very interested in a thriving German automobile industry, because I can only pay for the rising costs of environmental protection at home and abroad if there are people in Germany with jobs and who pay taxes.

— Sigmar Gabriel

Global markets must be balanced by global values such as respect for human rights and international law, democracy, security and sustainable economic and environmental development.

— Anna Lindh

So to hope to be able to have peace, to be able to have justice and environmental balance, are consequences of our behavior, not just our intentions.

— Godfrey Reggio

I wanted to help raise awareness, so I created an environmental foundation called Just Within Reach.

— Kevin Richardson

I think we have grave problems. I am very much concerned about environmental questions, even though in Finnish society, we are not facing the most urgent problems.

— Harri Holkeri

This Nation has realized significant environmental improvements over the last three decades.

— Jerry Costello

Fracking is doable if there’s full disclosure of all chemicals used. Secondly, science dictates the policy rather than politics. Third, there’s collaboration between environmental groups and the natural gas industry.

— Bill Richardson

My idea of an amusement park story is getting adventurers to go tour environmental disaster areas. After all, if the entire Great Barrier Reef gets killed, which seems like an extremely lively possibility, what are you going to do with all that rotting limestone?

— Bruce Sterling

Despite Arizona’s remarkable growth in recent years, we have met the current federal health standards for ozone pollution and the Environmental Protection Agency recently approved our dust control plan.

— Jane D. Hull

I’ve always been a strong supporter of environmental protection and initiatives in that area. But I’m willing to set priorities. If we have to make reductions in one place, we’ll have to-in order to increase another place, I’m willing to do that.

— Judd Gregg

I assume we will have figured out a way to efficiently utilize solar energy and tied that to an efficient way to use nuclear energy in such a way that it doesn’t pose a serious environmental issue.

— John Hickenlooper

During my travels in Iraq, Israel, Gaza, Brazil, Indonesia, Japan, Europe and all over the United States, I have seen and heard the voices of people who want change. They want the stabilization of the economy, education and healthcare for all, renewable energy and an environmental vision with an eye on generations to come.

— Michael Franti

There’s no longer any surprise in noting that China has grave environmental problems.

— James Fallows

Environmental disaster is the gravest threat to China’s continued development. That’s according to me, but it is not some wacko view.

— James Fallows

My efforts in Congress are guided by the belief that environmental preservation and restoration are a critical part of the legacy we leave to future generations.

— Sue Kelly

Environmental policy must strike a balance between the earth’s best interests and our citizen’s pressing needs.

— Jim Clyburn

But reducing harmful emissions, abating our dependence on foreign oil and developing alternative renewable energy sources have benefits that go beyond environmental health, they improve personal health, enhance national security and encourage our nation’s economic viability.

— Jim Clyburn

All living beings, not just animals, but plants and microorganisms, perceive. To survive, an organic being must perceive – it must seek, or at least recognize, food and avoid environmental danger.

— Lynn Margulis

We have a project with Unocal here in Los Angeles, where we as an environmental organization, the oil company, and the state all get together to promote the recycling of used motor oil.

— Ted Danson

We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel for any environmental organization to claim sole responsibility for any kind of victory is insane, because everybody attacks these problems as a group.

— Ted Danson

The environmental movement, like all political processes, reacts best to disasters. But these are very slow, very gradual disasters in the making.

— Ted Danson

Address these environmental issues and you will address every issue known to man. And we keep dabbling in things that aren’t really that important in the long term.

— Ted Danson

Climate change is happening, humans are causing it, and I think this is perhaps the most serious environmental issue facing us.

— Bill Nye

I align myself with almost all researchers in assuming that anything we do is a composite of whatever genetic limitations were given to us by our parents and whatever kinds of environmental opportunities are available.

— Howard Gardner

Cities all over the world are getting bigger as more and more people move from rural to urban sites, but that has created enormous problems with respect to environmental pollution and the general quality of life.

— Alan Dundes

A variety of factors contribute to the price of gasoline in the United States. These factors include worldwide supply, demand and competition for crude oil, taxes, regional differences in access to gasoline supplies and environmental regulations.

— Gary Miller

We should restore a proper balance in environmental regulation and energy production that is based on common sense, not political agendas.

— Mac Thornberry

If there are more and more environmental refugees, they are going to end up on your doorstep too.

— Nina Fedoroff

Ethanol is a premier, high performance fuel. It has tremendous environmental benefits and is a key component to energy independence for our country.

— Richard Lugar

There are a tremendous amount of environmental issues that are on the table.

— Ed Rendell

And secondly, I would impose a significant state landfill tipping fee and use that tipping fee to fund the billion dollar bond issue that I want to create to produce the funds for all of the environmental challenges that we just went over.

— Ed Rendell

While the Environmental Genome Project does not seek to assign allele frequencies, we are aware of the importance of accurate allele frequency estimates for future epidemiologic studies and the large sample sizes such estimates will require.

— Samuel Wilson

It is important to consider whether the sample size selected by the Environmental Genome Project will provide sufficient power to discover most alleles relevant to gene-environment interactions.

— Samuel Wilson

One of the responsibilities faced by the Environmental Genome Project is to provide the science base upon which society can make better informed risk management decisions.

— Samuel Wilson

The infrastructure for linking environmental health and public health is not working as well as it should.

— Samuel Wilson

Moreover, environmental health at the local level has become narrowly focused, very much defined around regulations and the attendant regulatory debates.

— Samuel Wilson

Having yet another vote on refinery legislation that uses high oil prices as an excuse to weaken environmental protections and to give more legislative gifts to the oil industry is misguided in the extreme.

— Sherwood Boehlert

Let me start by emphasizing that I am open to efforts to expedite environmental procedures for true emergencies or in other clear cases where current laws are needlessly burdensome.

— Sherwood Boehlert

Well, for starters, we have to do more to create demand for new technologies that can reduce our dependence on foreign oil and environmental degradation.

— Sherwood Boehlert

Practically every environmental problem we have can be traced to our addiction to fossil fuels, primarily oil.

— Dennis Weaver

Of the 55 refineries closed in America in the last 10 years, they were all closed for economic reasons, mostly oil company mergers. Not a single one was closed for environmental purposes or objections.

— Peter DeFazio

At Current, television is all we do – that’s our business. We don’t have amusement parks I have to worry about, we don’t have environmental cases against us, we don’t have a series of outdoor-advertising companies.

— Keith Olbermann

It is extremely important to me that the social and environmental issues associated with the production of fashion clothing are addressed.

— Bonnie Wright

I tell my environmental friends that they have won. Every issue we look at from an energy perspective is now also looked at from an environmental perspective.

— Joe Barton

It is one of the issues that will have to be worked through however let me make the point and I think anyone would accept that if you set it up properly, not only will you get better environmental outcomes, you have a chance to create more wealth with the available resource.

— John Anderson

But my point is that you design something in the end that precludes any unhealthy trading practices that are not going to serve your environmental or your economic objectives but now is not the time to do it.

— John Anderson

I think it makes people in the Pentagon kind of nervous to know that chemical agents and environmental factors could cause so much damage in terms of what may happen in the future.

— Bernard Sanders

There is no ‘need’ for us to eat meat, dairy or eggs. Indeed, these foods are increasingly linked to various human diseases and animal agriculture is an environmental disaster for the planet.

— Gary L. Francione

There are more effective ways of tackling environmental problems including global warming, proliferation of plastics, urban sprawl, and the loss of biodiversity than by treaties, top-down regulations, and other approaches offered by big governments and their dependents.

— Preston Manning

No one does a better, cleaner, or environmental friendlier, than the United States, when it comes to drilling for oil, gas, coal, oil refineries and fish friendly hydroelectric.

— David Pratt

I hope that in future Congresses there will reemerge a recognition that climate change is a reality, that our policies to meet our energy needs must also deal responsibly with environmental issues, including the damage caused by greenhouse gas emissions.

— Jeff Bingaman

Time after time we’re told corporations should have freedom from pesky job safety regulations, environmental protections and labor standards – giving working people the freedom to be crushed in collapsing mines, choke on filthy air and get paid too little to live on.

— Richard Trumka

Furthermore, both Pennsylvania and New Jersey Departments of Environmental Protection have evaluated the sediment to be dredged and also found it to be not toxic.

— Robert Brady

In the state of Wisconsin it’s mandated that teachers in the social sciences and hard sciences have to start giving environmental education by the first grade, through high school.

— Gaylord Nelson

Franklin Roosevelt was very concerned about environmental issues.

— Gaylord Nelson

Loads of chemicals and hazardous wastes have been introduced into the atmosphere that didn’t even exist in 1948. The environmental condition of the planet is far worse than it was 42 years ago.

— Gaylord Nelson

I like the outdoors and the natural world. Environmental issues.

— Mackenzie Crook

There has been a banking crisis, a financial crisis, an economic crisis, a social crisis, a geostrategic crisis and an environmental crisis. That’s considerable in a country that’s used to being protected.

— Jean-Francois Cope

Public discourse has been polluted now for decades by corporate-funded disinformation – not just with climate change but with a host of health, environmental and societal threats. The implications for the planet are grim.

— Michael E. Mann

Since the day he came into office, President Bush has worked to gut more than 34 years of hard work by weakening many of our Nation’s standing environmental laws, some of which were signed into law by his father.

— Jim Jeffords

This Bush administration has a growing credibility gap, maybe even a credibility chasm, on environmental policy. The President has lost the trust of the American people when it comes to the environment.

— Jim Jeffords

It is the greatest scam in history. I am amazed, appalled and highly offended by it. Global Warming It is a scam. Some dastardly scientists with environmental and political motives manipulated long term scientific data to create an illusion of rapid global warming.

— John Coleman

There should be more attention paid to scientific research in the ecology area, and I think that such attention to proper environmental concerns would make the public feel much better about it.

— Thomas R. Cech

Just as there’s garbage that pollutes the Potomac river, there is garbage polluting our culture. We need an Environmental Protection Agency to clean it up.

— Patrick Buchanan

Architects in the past have tended to concentrate their attention on the building as a static object. I believe dynamics are more important: the dynamics of people, their interaction with spaces and environmental condition.

— John Portman

We are aware only of the empty space in the forest, which only yesterday was filled with trees.

— Anna Freud

I thought I was gonna be an attorney, so I went to Dartmouth and I was a government major and I minored in environmental policy, and I didn’t do anything academically around the arts.

— Aisha Tyler

I took the initiative in moving forward a whole range of initiatives that have proven to be important to our country’s economic growth, environmental protection, improvements in our educational system.

— Al Gore

Our world faces a true planetary emergency. I know the phrase sounds shrill, and I know it’s a challenge to the moral imagination.

— Al Gore

We’ll continue to see more and more brands integrate social causes, charitable components and environmental issues as underlying themes to their campaigns and messaging. Humans connect with humans after all, and brands are using this as a point of connection to engage with their audience, especially charity-minded Generation Y.

— Amy Jo Martin

I don’t see this planet being… they’re talking about how they’re turning around the environmental problems here, but I think it’s already too late.

— Ace Frehley

Cities all over the world are getting bigger as more and more people move from rural to urban sites, but that has created enormous problems with respect to environmental pollution and the general quality of life.

— Alan Dundes

The planet’s biggest problems have to do with sustainability, environmental decline, global poverty, disease, conflict and so forth. Really, they’re all interconnected – it’s one big problem, which is that the way we’re doing things can’t go on.

— Alex Steffen

For me, going vegan was an ethical and environmental decision. I’m doing the right thing by the animals.

— Alexandra Paul

If Canada could simply apply the basic principles of sustainable development, such as the internalization of costs and ‘polluters pay,’ it would have long-term beneficial effects, both environmental and economic.

— Andrew Nikiforuk

Global markets must be balanced by global values such as respect for human rights and international law, democracy, security and sustainable economic and environmental development.

— Anna Lindh

Wear the badge of environmental radicalism, and you’re a citizen automatically under suspicion.

— Alexander Cockburn

The problem with holistic management is it’s so profoundly simple, but it’s not easy. And it’s profoundly simple. You’re almost insulting people’s intelligence to explain it twice, just about making better decisions of where you want to go in your life, bringing in environmental, social, economic issues simultaneously.

— Allan Savory

I try to understand place on a deeper level than just the physical or environmental aspects. It includes cultural and intellectual forces, too. It’s an inclusive approach that brings in many disciplines and sees place as a dynamic thing.

— Antoine Predock

We must move away from our dependency on fossil fuels, and I am glad that GM has invested over $1 billion in hydrogen fuel cells cars to meet this goal.

— Albert Wynn

The North Pole will be ice-free during summer in years to come, and that itself will put the Arctic Sea basin on a very high risk of… environmental disasters that might be there.

— Aleqa Hammond

Environmental activism against the resource industry is widespread all over the world, but at the same time we have to realise that these are basic materials on which civilisation depends. We need to tap natural resources in a sustainable manner.

— Anil Agarwal

Sustainable development is the pathway to the future we want for all. It offers a framework to generate economic growth, achieve social justice, exercise environmental stewardship and strengthen governance.

— Ban Ki-moon

Grave security concerns can arise as a result of demographic trends, chronic poverty, economic inequality, environmental degradation, pandemic diseases, organized crime, repressive governance and other developments no state can control alone. Arms can’t address such concerns.

— Ban Ki-moon

We are using resources as if we had two planets, not one. There can be no ‘plan B’ because there is no ‘planet B.’

— Ban Ki-moon

The environmental crisis arises from a fundamental fault: our systems of production – in industry, agriculture, energy and transportation – essential as they are, make people sick and die.

— Barry Commoner

The environmental crisis is a global problem, and only global action will resolve it.

— Barry Commoner

The most meaningful engine of change, powerful enough to confront corporate power, may be not so much environmental quality, as the economic development and growth associated with the effort to improve it.

— Barry Commoner

In every case, the environmental hazards were made known only by independent scientists, who were often bitterly opposed by the corporations responsible for the hazards.

— Barry Commoner

Election days come and go. But the struggle of the people to create a government which represents all of us and not just the one percent – a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice – that struggle continues.

— Bernie Sanders

I see a future where states compete with one another to see which can be the most efficient, and where businesses seek out efficient states in which to locate so they can reap the economic and environmental benefits for their businesses and employees.

— Bernie Sanders

Climate change is a terrible problem, and it absolutely needs to be solved. It deserves to be a huge priority.

— Bill Gates

Every time I have some moment on a seashore, or in the mountains, or sometimes in a quiet forest, I think this is why the environment has to be preserved.

— Bill Bradley

Climate change is happening, humans are causing it, and I think this is perhaps the most serious environmental issue facing us.

— Bill Nye

My idea of an amusement park story is getting adventurers to go tour environmental disaster areas. After all, if the entire Great Barrier Reef gets killed, which seems like an extremely lively possibility, what are you going to do with all that rotting limestone?

— Bruce Sterling

When you buy a jacket, you pick the size to ensure it fits. Similarly, we live in a universe in which the amount of dark energy fits our biological make-up. If the amount of dark energy were substantially different from what we’ve measured, the environmental conditions would be inhospitable to our form of life.

— Brian Greene

There are environmental threats to health there are internal threats to health – genetic conditions, viral threats, diseases like cancer and Parkinson’s. And then there are societal and global ones, like poverty and lack of nutrition. And unknown viral threats – everything from a new kind of influenza to hemorrhagic fever.

— Bill Maris

Fracking is doable if there’s full disclosure of all chemicals used. Secondly, science dictates the policy rather than politics. Third, there’s collaboration between environmental groups and the natural gas industry.

— Bill Richardson

In the rich world, the environmental situation has improved dramatically. In the United States, the most important environmental indicator, particulate air pollution, has been cut by more than half since 1955, rivers and coastal waters have dramatically improved, and forests are increasing.

— Bjorn Lomborg

The main environmental challenge of the 21st century is poverty. When you don’t know where your next meal is coming from, it’s hard to consider the environment 100 years down the line.

— Bjorn Lomborg

I’d like to avoid the environmental apocalypse if I could. Zombies, robots – I don’t know – I’d probably do alright hidden in the middle of the herd and sacrificing people to keep myself alive, but where you gonna hide when all the food is gone?

— Ben Peek

Environmental scientists in Canada said it was impossible for me to get to the Pole in 2004… I said ‘no,’ it’s still OK, and I can still get there, and I did.

— Ben Saunders

There is no larger collective-action problem than the environment. The three biggest lies of the environmental movement is that every little bit helps, you can do your part, and together we can do it.

— Clay Shirky

I think future engineered species could be the source of food, hopefully a source of energy, environmental remediation and perhaps replacing the petrochemical industry.

— Craig Venter

All too often, the conversation about appropriate and balanced environmental stewardship gets caught up in partisan politics. Yet, this conversation is key to the preservation of our great country for generations to come, as important as ensuring we have fiscally responsible policies to secure our future.

— Chris Gibson

Watching cold fusion is like watching water boil in slow motion. First, sufficient deuterium has to penetrate the palladium electrode. This can take a few weeks. Then, if excess heat is generated during the next month or two, accurate temperature readings require extreme precautions to exclude environmental effects.

— Charles Platt

Incredibly, oil and gas companies don’t have to pay certain environmental costs that amount to small change to them, while an offshore wind project start-up is faced with fees that could mean the difference between building a wind farm and packing up and going home.

— Chellie Pingree

Environmental concerns and feminism are locked together. Generally, women have closer connections to the organic nature of our lives.

— Carolyn Kizer

Environmental protection and economic development are not in conflict. Environmental protection is not a burden but a source for innovation. It can increase competition, create jobs, and lifts the economy.

— Chai Jing

If we talk about the environment, for example, we have to talk about environmental racism – about the fact that kids in South Central Los Angeles have a third of the lung capacity of kids in Santa Monica.

— Danny Glover

In the environmental movement, every time you lose a battle it’s for good, but our victories always seem to be temporary and we keep fighting them over and over again.

— David Suzuki

It’s not unexpected that shooting massive amounts of water, sand, and chemicals at high pressure into the earth to shatter shale and release natural gas might shake things up. But earthquakes aren’t the worst problem with fracking.

— David Suzuki

Beyond reducing individual use, one of our top priorities must be to move from fossil fuels to energy that has fewer detrimental effects on water supplies and fewer environmental impacts overall.

— David Suzuki

If we want to address global warming, along with the other environmental problems associated with our continued rush to burn our precious fossil fuels as quickly as possible, we must learn to use our resources more wisely, kick our addiction, and quickly start turning to sources of energy that have fewer negative impacts.

— David Suzuki

From year to year, environmental changes are incremental and often barely register in our lives, but from evolutionary or geological perspectives, what is happening is explosive change.

— David Suzuki

Over and over, we hear politicians say they can’t spend our tax dollars on environmental protection when the economy is so fragile.

— David Suzuki

Like the other great revolutions, an environmental revolution will require sacrifices and lead to enormous gains. It, too, will change the face of the land and human institutions, hierarchies, self-definitions, cultures. It will take centuries. If it happens. There is no guarantee, of course.

— Donella Meadows

You may be able to fool the voters, but not the atmosphere.

— Donella Meadows

What’s it like to envision the ten-thousand-year environmental impact of tossing a plastic bottle into the trash bin, all in the single second it takes to actually toss it? Or the ten-thousand-year history of the fossil fuel being burned to drive to work or iron a shirt? It may be environmentally progressive, but it’s not altogether pleasant.

— Douglas Rushkoff

Yet, despite our many advances, our environment is still threatened by a range of problems, including global climate change, energy dependence on unsustainable fossil fuels, and loss of biodiversity.

— Dan Lipinski

The hydrogen powered car, with its high fuel mileage and zero emission rate, is just one example of the products under development that will help increase our energy independence.

— Dan Lipinski

Hydrogen holds great promise to meet many of our future energy needs, and it addresses national security and our environmental concerns. Hydrogen is the simplest, most abundant element in the universe.

— Dan Lipinski

The high prices also highlight the fact that the U.S. is too heavily dependent on fossil fuels that we import from unstable parts of the world. To protect our national security, we must become more energy secure.

— Dan Lipinski

The environmental benefits of hydrogen are also outstanding. When used as an energy source, hydrogen produces no emissions besides water. Zero polluting emissions, an amazing advance over the current sources of energy that we use.

— Dan Lipinski

To be clear, climate change is a true 800 pound gorilla in the room. The effects of global warming threaten global environmental upheaval over the coming century. But for South Florida and the Everglades, it could be our death knell if urgent action is not taken.

— Debbie Wasserman Schultz

It seems that every time mankind is given a lot of energy, we go out and wreck something with it.

— David R. Brower

I’m a latecomer to the environmental issue, which for years seemed to me like an excuse for more government regulation. But I can see that in rich societies, voters are paying less attention to economic issues and more to issues of the spirit, including the environment.

— David Frum

It’s Nixon who created the Environmental Protection Agency. Clean Air and Water Acts. Endangered Species Act. Promoted affirmative action. One could go on and on with Nixon as a New Deal liberal on domestic policy and a hawk, but one with great geo-political skills.

— Douglas Brinkley

I think there’s a green side to John Kerry, if you like, that he’s an environmental activist. His record on the environment is as best as you have on a pro-environment record of anybody in the U.S. Senate.

— Douglas Brinkley

Fundamentally, if you look at where the environmental issues are coming from, it’s all because of humans and our impact on the environment, so while it’s true that one individual is not going to sufficiently fix the environment, it is a necessary thing.

— David Filo

Practically every environmental problem we have can be traced to our addiction to fossil fuels, primarily oil.

— Dennis Weaver

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

— Dennis Weaver

No one does a better, cleaner, or environmental friendlier, than the United States, when it comes to drilling for oil, gas, coal, oil refineries and fish friendly hydroelectric.

— David Pratt

If your DNA profile puts you at a higher risk of developing obesity, that doesn’t mean it’s your fate. You can take control of the environmental side of the equation and reduce your overall lifetime risk by a lot.

— David Agus

While the climate crisis gathers front-page attention on a regular basis, people – even those who profess great environmental consciousness – continue to eat fish as if it were a sustainable practice.

— Daniel Pauly

Ecosystems are holy. The word environmental is a deadly compromise itself. It’s a policy word that lives only in the head, and barely there.

— David James Duncan

With my biology degree, I got this job at an environmental lab. We tested sewage runoff, we tested chemical warfare waste runoff. It’s a job I’ll never do again and I would never wish upon anybody.

— Dustin Lynch

If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.

— E. O. Wilson

A very Faustian choice is upon us: whether to accept our corrosive and risky behavior as the unavoidable price of population and economic growth, or to take stock of ourselves and search for a new environmental ethic.

— E. O. Wilson

I have voted against only one of President Obama’s nominees: Michael Froman, a Citigroup alumnus who is currently storming the halls of Congress as U.S. Trade Representative pushing trade deals that threaten to undermine financial regulation, workers’ rights, and environmental protections.

— Elizabeth Warren

I’m anti-tax, but I’m pro-carbon tax.

— Elon Musk

We’re running the most dangerous experiment in history right now, which is to see how much carbon dioxide the atmosphere… can handle before there is an environmental catastrophe.

— Elon Musk

As you heat the planet up, it’s just like boiling a pot.

— Elon Musk

Biofuels such as ethanol require enormous amounts of cropland and end up displacing either food crops or natural wilderness, neither of which is good.

— Elon Musk

The reality is gas prices should be much more expensive then they are because we’re not incorporating the true damage to the environment and the hidden costs of mining oil and transporting it to the U.S. Whenever you have an unpriced externality, you have a bit of a market failure, to the degree that eternality remains unpriced.

— Elon Musk

Sooner or later, we will have to recognise that the Earth has rights, too, to live without pollution. What mankind must know is that human beings cannot live without Mother Earth, but the planet can live without humans.

— Evo Morales

At every turn, when humanity is asked the question, ‘Do you want temporary economic gain or long-term environmental loss, which one do you prefer,’ we invariably choose the money.

— Ethan Hawke

We’ve sued out-of-state power plants that are polluting our air and led a coalition of attorneys general from Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, and Massachusetts against efforts in the U.S. House of Representatives to remove critical environmental regulations that protect New York communities from toxic pollution.

— Eric Schneiderman

Just as modern mass production requires the standardization of commodities, so the social process requires standardization of man, and this standardization is called equality.

— Erich Fromm

California has always led the way on environmental protection and always reaped the benefits, pioneering everything from catalytic convertors on cars to stationary source reduction.

— Ed Begley, Jr.

And secondly, I would impose a significant state landfill tipping fee and use that tipping fee to fund the billion dollar bond issue that I want to create to produce the funds for all of the environmental challenges that we just went over.

— Ed Rendell

There are nuclear weapons in China, Iran, Korea and Pakistan. It wouldn’t take much to send a couple of warheads off on this planet somewhere that would cause a lot of environmental damage, then if you have got someone who wants to retaliate you have real problems.

— Edward James Olmos

To avoid congestion, I get up at 5:10, grab a slice of raisin toast, and leave the house at 6 A.M. My husband, Tim Dunn, who works for an environmental agency, is still asleep when I slip out, and I find that rather annoying.

— Ellen Stofan

What we mean by an outcome will naturally depend on the context. Thus, for a government charged with delivering public goods, an outcome will consist of the quantities provided of such goods as intercity highways, national defense and security, environmental protection, and public education together with the arrangements by which they are financed.

— Eric Maskin

The genetics of autism are real, but there are also environmental triggers.

— Elizabeth Emken

A person whose skin is metallic can no more have its reproduction restricted than a black-skinned person. Regarding life as a form of machinery and intelligent machines as people without our environmental limitations is essential in understanding FAP, the Final Anthropic Principle, which deals with evolution in the far future.

— Frank Tipler

In places where this beauty has already disappeared, we will reconstruct it.

— Fritz Todt

Our nation has abundant clean energy resources, and tapping them will generate jobs, make the air safer to breathe, and tackle climate change – the greatest environmental crisis of our time.

— Frances Beinecke

Many environmental battles are won by delaying a destructive project long enough to change the conversation – to allow new economic, political and social dynamics to emerge.

— Frances Beinecke

Without international participation, jobs and emissions will simply shift overseas to countries that require few, if any, environmental protections, harming the global environment as well as the U.S. economy.

— Fred Upton

These days, most nature photographers are deeply committed to the environmental message.

— Galen Rowell

A variety of factors contribute to the price of gasoline in the United States. These factors include worldwide supply, demand and competition for crude oil, taxes, regional differences in access to gasoline supplies and environmental regulations.

— Gary Miller

The most important environmental issue is one that is rarely mentioned, and that is the lack of a conservation ethic in our culture.

— Gaylord Nelson

In the state of Wisconsin it’s mandated that teachers in the social sciences and hard sciences have to start giving environmental education by the first grade, through high school.

— Gaylord Nelson

More than ever before, there is a global understanding that long-term social, economic, and environmental development would be impossible without healthy families, communities, and countries.

— Gro Harlem Brundtland

I have younger friends who are in this pinch where they feel they’ve been counted out before they’ve had a chance to prove themselves. They’ve inherited a lot of debt – not just student debt but environmental debt, political debt. They really feel squeezed.

— G. Willow Wilson

Why are ecologists and environmentalists so feared and hated? This is because in part what they have to say is new to the general public, and the new is always alarming.

— Garrett Hardin

Moreover, the practical recommendations deduced from ecological principles threaten the vested interests of commerce it is hardly surprising that the financial and political power created by these investments should be used sometimes to suppress environmental impact studies.

— Garrett Hardin

There’s a value in used electronic equipment, and currently, there are small, domestic recyclers that process this equipment safely. But they have a hard time competing with facilities overseas that have few, if any, environmental and safety standards.

— Gene Green

We tend to be more environmental at home than at work, regardless of the industry we’re in.

— Gale Anne Hurd

There is no ‘need’ for us to eat meat, dairy or eggs. Indeed, these foods are increasingly linked to various human diseases and animal agriculture is an environmental disaster for the planet.

— Gary L. Francione

So to hope to be able to have peace, to be able to have justice and environmental balance, are consequences of our behavior, not just our intentions.

— Godfrey Reggio

Like I said, I’m more worried long term about the environmental issues then the use of arms.

— Hans Blix

Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.

— Henry David Thoreau

Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.

— Henry David Thoreau

Every global concern – economic, environmental or security-related – can be addressed more effectively when the U.S. and China work together.

— Henry Paulson

The potential in many environmental issues is that if you undertake corrective action without appropriate understanding of the problem, then you wind up doing more harm than good.

— Hugh Ross

In fact, because of their connection to the land, farmers do more to protect and preserve our environment than almost anyone else. They are some of the best environmentalists around.

— Ike Skelton

I did not become a vegetarian for my health, I did it for the health of the chickens.

— Isaac Bashevis Singer

Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.

— Jacques Yves Cousteau

What I remain opposed to is the idea that David Cameron could go around and give up workers’ rights, give up environmental protection, give up a whole load of things that are very important.

— Jeremy Corbyn

Factory farming is one of the biggest contributors to the most serious environmental problems. The meat industry causes more greenhouse gas emissions than all the cars, trucks, planes and ships in the world.

— Joan Jett

The Chinese have figured out that they have a giant environmental problem. Folks in Beijing, some days, literally can’t breathe. Over a million Chinese die prematurely every year because of air pollution.

— Joe Biden

This is absolutely bizarre that we continue to subsidize highways beyond the gasoline tax, airlines, and we don’t subsidize, we don’t want to subsidize a national rail system that has environmental impact.

— Joe Biden

We know that childhood and adolescence are the most crucial times for environmental stimuli to affect breast cancer risk, but changes made during adulthood and even after diagnosis still have the potential to create positive changes in the body.

— Joel Fuhrman

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

Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.

— John Muir

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.

— John Muir

You will die but the carbon will not its career does not end with you. It will return to the soil, and there a plant may take it up again in time, sending it once more on a cycle of plant and animal life.

— Jacob Bronowski

Sadly, it’s much easier to create a desert than a forest.

— James Lovelock

In the auto industry, there’s one thing you can always count on: if a new environmental or safety rule is proposed, executives will prophesy disaster.

— James Surowiecki

Despite Arizona’s remarkable growth in recent years, we have met the current federal health standards for ozone pollution and the Environmental Protection Agency recently approved our dust control plan.

— Jane D. Hull

Take air quality in the United States today: It’s about 30 percent better than it was 25 years ago, even though there are now more people driving more cars.

— Jared Diamond

Toxins love to get you while you’re young. Lead, mercury, secondhand smoke and sundry other environmental nasties do a lot more damage when tissue is immature, vulnerable and growing than when it’s mature and comparatively fixed.

— Jeffrey Kluger

The language ‘It’s too late’ is very unsuitable for most environmental issues. It’s too late for the dodo and for people who’ve starved to death already, but it’s not too late to prevent an even bigger crisis. The sooner we act on the environment, the better.

— Jeremy Grantham

The quicker we humans learn that saving open space and wildlife is critical to our welfare and quality of life, maybe we’ll start thinking of doing something about it.

— Jim Fowler

The irony of environmental opposition to the Keystone XL project is that stopping the pipeline to the U.S. will not stop production in the oil sands of Canada. Instead of coming to the United States, the oil will still be produced and shipped by rail or a pipeline similar to the Keystone XL to Canada’s Pacific Coast.

— John Hoeven

Our land-healing ministry really is about cultivating relationships: between the people, the loving stewards, and the ecology of a place, what I call the environmental umbilical that we’re nurturing here.

— Joel Salatin

There is the GIS world that is largely managing authoritative data sources, supporting geocentric workflows like fixing roads, making cities more livable through better planning, environmental management, forest management, drilling in the right location for oil, managing assets and utilities.

— Jack Dangermond

With increasing fervor since the 1980s, sustainability has been the watchword of scientists, environmental activists, and indeed all those concerned about the complex, fragile systems on the sphere we inhabit. It has shaped debates about business, design, and our lifestyles.

— Jamais Cascio

Every decision we make – when we choose a vehicle, when we pump gas into that vehicle, when we order food – is not just a personal lifestyle choice. It’s an environmental and moral choice.

— Jane Velez-Mitchell

Wouldn’t it help Americans more, in the long run, if we were forced to accept some responsibility for the environmental wreckage we prefer to assume is totally out of our control?

— Jane Velez-Mitchell

We had some major successes and we did so because the country embraced the spirit of Earth Day and embraced this concept that we have to have forward-looking, visionary environmental policy and energy policy in this country.

— Jay Inslee

I reflect back 35 years ago, and look how far we have come in America with our environmental policy to improve the conditions of our air and water, and we have had some real successes.

— Jay Inslee

Look at your business and the activities that you undertake. Then, start to think about not just your economic concerns, but about social and environmental impacts that businesses have.

— Jerry Greenfield

Businesses typically look at issues like price, quality, time of delivery. They don’t often think about social and environmental impact because they’re focused on their financial bottom line.

— Jerry Greenfield

I call upon governments to start supporting companies to use more sustainable materials in their products instead of continuing with antiquated incentives, such as import duties on synthetic materials that are in principle much higher compared with those placed on leather goods regardless of the environmental footprint.

— Jochen Zeitz

We should bring in an environmental attitude, and I think luxury should automatically be about sustainability and quality.

— Jochen Zeitz

Climate change is the environmental challenge of this generation, and it is imperative that we act before it’s too late.

— John Delaney

Environmental concern is a little like dieting or paying off credit-card debt – an episodically terrific idea that burns brightly and then seems to fade when we realize there’s a reason we need to diet or pay down our debt. The reason is that it’s really, really hard, and too many of us in too many spheres of life choose the easy over the hard.

— Jon Meacham

The Safe Drinking Water Act, the safety provisions of the Clean Water Acts, the Clean Air Act, the Superfund Law – the gas industry is exempt from all these basic environmental and worker protections. They don’t have to disclose the chemicals they use. They don’t have to play by the same rules as anybody else.

— Josh Fox

The BP spill was the greatest environmental catastrophe in U.S. history. Yet somehow, gas companies like BP and Halliburton ran interference on reporting that story.

— Josh Fox

I think environmentalists do no service to their cause by taking fundamentalist stances. I am not defending corporate India’s track record, but for many environmental problems, there are technological solutions.

— Jairam Ramesh

For businesses, biomimicry is about bringing a new discipline – biology – to the design table. It’s not to write an environmental impact statement, as most biologists in business do right now.

— Janine Benyus

But reducing harmful emissions, abating our dependence on foreign oil and developing alternative renewable energy sources have benefits that go beyond environmental health, they improve personal health, enhance national security and encourage our nation’s economic viability.

— Jim Clyburn

If we do not permit the earth to produce beauty and joy, it will in the end not produce food, either.

— Joseph Wood Krutch

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

For too much of history, we’ve viewed the world’s precious resources – both environmental and human – as things to extract, to make the most of in order to maximize their potential.

— Jacqueline Novogratz

Mark Ruffalo, aka the Incredible Hulk, is the natural gas industry’s worst nightmare: a serious, committed activist who is determined to use his star power as a superhero in the hottest movie of the moment to draw attention the environmental and public health risks of fracking.

— Jeff Goodell

Americans don’t pay much attention to environmental issues, because they aren’t sexy. I mean, cleaning up coal plants and reining in outlaw frackers is hugely important work, but it doesn’t get anybody’s pulse racing.

— Jeff Goodell

I would point out that if you’re a believer in the Bible, one would have to say the Great Flood is an example of climate change and that certainly wasn’t because mankind had overdeveloped hydrocarbon energy.

— Joe Barton

New Zealand needs to balance its environmental responsibilities with its economic opportunities, because the risk is that if you don’t do that – and you want to lead the world – then you might end up getting unintended consequences.

— John Key

As a group, we want to follow good and green strategy. Setting targets is one element of that. The second part is to design products which meet environmental goals.

— Jamshyd Godrej

Environmental disaster is the gravest threat to China’s continued development. That’s according to me, but it is not some wacko view.

— James Fallows

In this country, the health concerns and the environmental concerns are as deep as in Europe. All the surveys show that. But here, we didn’t have the cultural dimension. This is a fast-food culture.

— Jeremy Rifkin

I’ve always been a strong supporter of environmental protection and initiatives in that area. But I’m willing to set priorities. If we have to make reductions in one place, we’ll have to-in order to increase another place, I’m willing to do that.

— Judd Gregg

I’ve been a philanthropist for all my life, and… I’ve had many involvements in humanitarian and environmental issues.

— Julian Lennon

If we don’t continue to pursue alternative, emissions-free energy sources like nuclear fuel, we are at risk of increasing our dependence on costly natural gas.

— Judy Biggert

It is one of the issues that will have to be worked through however let me make the point and I think anyone would accept that if you set it up properly, not only will you get better environmental outcomes, you have a chance to create more wealth with the available resource.

— John Anderson

Much of the debate over global warming is predicated on fear, rather than science.

— James Inhofe

Shrimp farms are a scourge on the earth, frankly, from an environmental point of view. They pour huge amounts of pollutants into the ocean. They also pollute their next-door neighbors.

— Jane Poynter

This Bush administration has a growing credibility gap, maybe even a credibility chasm, on environmental policy. The President has lost the trust of the American people when it comes to the environment.

— Jim Jeffords

There has been a banking crisis, a financial crisis, an economic crisis, a social crisis, a geostrategic crisis and an environmental crisis. That’s considerable in a country that’s used to being protected.

— Jean-Francois Cope

It is the greatest scam in history. I am amazed, appalled and highly offended by it. Global Warming It is a scam. Some dastardly scientists with environmental and political motives manipulated long term scientific data to create an illusion of rapid global warming.

— John Coleman

A majority of American citizens are now becoming skeptical of the claim that our carbon footprints, resulting from our use of fossil fuels, are going to lead to climatic calamities. But governments are not yet listening to the citizens.

— John Coleman

Architects in the past have tended to concentrate their attention on the building as a static object. I believe dynamics are more important: the dynamics of people, their interaction with spaces and environmental condition.

— John Portman

What I see are people who want affordable energy. They want strong environmental standards – they want a lot of things – but first and foremost they want affordable energy. And if you want affordable energy, you want oil, gas and coal.

— John S. Watson

If you look around the world, the countries with the best environmental practices are the wealthiest. There’s a reason for that. If you’re worried about where your next meal is going to come from or shelter over your head, your focus is on those things.

— John S. Watson

The root cause of the looming energy problem – and the key to easing environmental, economic and religious tensions while improving public health – is to address the unending, and unequal, growth of the human population. And the one proven way to reduce fertility rates is to empower young women by educating them.

— Lawrence M. Krauss

The growth that we want is one that brings real benefits to the people, raises quality and efficiency of development, and contributes to energy conservation and environmental protection.

— Li Keqiang

Smog is affecting larger parts of China, and environmental pollution has become a major problem, which is nature’s red-light warning against the model of inefficient and blind development.

— Li Keqiang

The sooner we get started with alternative energy sources and recognize that fossil fuels makes us less secure as a nation, and more dangerous as a planet, the better off we’ll be.

— Lindsey Graham

I see humanity now as one vast plant, needing for its highest fulfillment only love, the natural blessings of the great outdoors, and intelligent crossing and selection.

— Luther Burbank

All living beings, not just animals, but plants and microorganisms, perceive. To survive, an organic being must perceive – it must seek, or at least recognize, food and avoid environmental danger.

— Lynn Margulis

There is a new wave of environmental consumers I like to call Pocketbook Environmentalists. They’re going green primarily because it makes good financial sense, but the fact that it benefits their families’ health and the environment also makes them feel good.

— Lynn Jurich

As a nation, we owe a great deal to the National Audubon Society, one of our most distinguished and important environmental organizations, and all those who work to protect America’s open land and waterways.

— Louis Bacon

Environmental spending creates jobs in engineering, manufacturing, construction, materials, operations and maintenance.

— Keith Ellison

I wanted to help raise awareness, so I created an environmental foundation called Just Within Reach.

— Kevin Richardson

The trends that are shaping the twenty-first-century world embody both promise and peril. Globalization, for example, has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty while contributing to social fragmentation and a massive increase in inequality, not to mention serious environmental damage.

— Klaus Schwab

At Current, television is all we do – that’s our business. We don’t have amusement parks I have to worry about, we don’t have environmental cases against us, we don’t have a series of outdoor-advertising companies.

— Keith Olbermann

I believe that it is impossible to stop people from using the fossil fuels, so we need to develop technologies which allow us to use them without creating environmental havoc on the planet.

— Klaus Lackner

Fossil fuels will run out not because of limited resources but because of the environmental impact. If I can solve that impact, I have basically increased the resource base by a vast amount.

— Klaus Lackner

If one of the arguments against eating meat is to do with cruelty and animal intelligence, then lab meat avoids that. There’s also the environmental argument for it.

— Margaret Atwood

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

— Margaret Mead

Human civilization as we know it is like the Titanic headed for the iceberg, whether the iceberg be nuclear, environmental or terrorism-related.

— Marianne Williamson

In addition to contributing to erosion, pollution, food poisoning, and the dead zone, corn requires huge amounts of fossil fuel – it takes a half gallon of fossil fuel to produce a bushel of corn.

— Michael Pollan

Civilization has given us enormous successes: going to the moon, technology. But then this is the civilisation that took us to debt, environmental crisis, every single crisis. We need a civilization where we say goodbye to these things.

— Muhammad Yunus

Peace should be understood in a human way – in a broad social, political and economic way. Peace is threatened by unjust economic, social and political order, absence of democracy, environmental degradation and absence of human rights.

— Muhammad Yunus

China leads the world in energy consumption, carbon emissions, and the release of major air and water pollutants, and the environmental impact is felt both regionally and globally.

— Ma Jun

We firmly believe the environmental issues cannot be addressed without extensive public participation, but people need to be informed before they can get involved.

— Ma Jun

Brands who come to China, often they just care about price – so they actually drive the suppliers to cut corners on environmental standards to win a contract.

— Ma Jun

Even the government understands that the environmental challenge is so big that no single agency can handle it. It needs collaboration among all the stakeholders – companies, governments, NGOs and the public. Public accountability will be the ultimate driving force.

— Ma Jun

On April 16, 2010, 34 Chinese environmental organizations, including Friends of Nature, the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, and Green Beagle, questioned heavy metal pollution in a letter sent to CEO Steve Jobs.

— Ma Jun

We copied laws and regulations from western countries, but enforcement remains weak, and environmental litigation is still quite near impossible.

— Ma Jun

China has leapfrogged into this information age, and Web users have grown very significantly, which knocked down the cost of doing the environmental transparency.

— Ma Jun

In America, you complain about job losses because of China, but here, we carry all of the environmental costs.

— Ma Jun

The motivation should come from regulatory enforcement, but enforcement is weak, and environmental litigation is near to impossible. So there’s an urgent need for extensive public participation to generate another kind of motivation.

— Ma Jun

If major companies sourcing in developing countries care only about price and quality, local suppliers will be lured to cut corners on environmental standards to win contracts.

— Ma Jun

It has been shown that public participation can limit powerful interest groups, while competing interests can help find a reasonable balance between development and environmental protection.

— Ma Jun

China’s environmental conundrums will not be solved by changes within government alone. New mechanisms are needed to allow the communities which may be affected by a given plan, and citizens concerned about the environment, to join in.

— Ma Jun

The NFL, sadly, has a fatal environmental problem: It kills its workers.

— Matt Taibbi

If you look at the history of other movements, whether Civil Rights or environmental rights, these are all decades-long undertakings.

— Mitch Kapor

There’s so many issues tied to the meat industry. I mean, social, environmental, humanitarian – all of them. I know that when I’m eating that I’m not hurting the planet, I’m not hurting other people on this planet, I’m not hurting animals… and I’m not hurting nature.

— Maggie Q

I rarely fly, for environmental reasons more than anything else.

— Marcus Brigstocke

We should restore a proper balance in environmental regulation and energy production that is based on common sense, not political agendas.

— Mac Thornberry

I have a pretty positive view of environmental activism, but I didn’t know much about the ELF. A lot of people make documentaries because they have something they want to say, but I make them because there’s something I want to explore.

— Marshall Curry

Some types of environmental restoration projects are well-known restored wetlands, for instance, or coal mine reclamation projects. Recently though, larger dam removal projects have started, a number of them in Washington state.

— Matt Gonzalez

After all, sustainability means running the global environment – Earth Inc. – like a corporation: with depreciation, amortization and maintenance accounts. In other words, keeping the asset whole, rather than undermining your natural capital.

— Maurice Strong

I’ve developed a huge regard for Toyota for its environmental awareness, for its immense commitment to research and development in this field, and for its leadership in developing hybrids which others are now following.

— Maurice Strong

Ted Turner is still a leader. And he sets a great example. His ability financially has been reduced, but his influence and his example still is an important asset to the whole environmental movement.

— Maurice Strong

Under the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Program, homes are independently verified to be measurably more energy efficient than average houses.

— Melissa Bean

Wealth and vegetation go together, and that exacerbates environmental injustice. The poor bear the burden of degraded environments.

— Natalie Jeremijenko

We ignore slow environmental changes unless they are crisis-driven, such as hurricanes in Florida.

— Natalie Jeremijenko

The world has been experiencing a whole pattern of auto-destruction, whether in environmental disasters like Chernobyl or health disasters like AIDS.

— Niki de St. Phalle

If there are more and more environmental refugees, they are going to end up on your doorstep too.

— Nina Fedoroff

In May 2007, congressional Democrats and the Bush administration agreed to a plan to include environmental and international labor standards in upcoming trade agreements.

— Nina Easton

When I visited the Water Institute’s Baton Rouge offices overlooking the Mississippi River, I couldn’t find a drop of the charged politics that drives so many environmental conversations in Washington.

— Nina Easton

There are plenty of problems in the world, and doubtless climate change – or whatever the currently voguish phrase for it all is – certainly is one of them. But it’s low on my list.

— P. J. O’Rourke

I think an old style of addressing environmental problems is ebbing, but the rise of the so-called conservative, political movement in this country is not a trend towards the future but a reaction to this very broad shift that we are undergoing.

— Paul Hawken

We assume that everything’s becoming more efficient, and in an immediate sense that’s true our lives are better in many ways. But that improvement has been gained through a massively inefficient use of natural resources.

— Paul Hawken

Of all mushrooms commonly consumed, oyster mushrooms in the genus Pleurotus stand out as exceptional allies for improving human and environmental health. These mushrooms enjoy a terrific reputation as the easiest to cultivate, richly nutritious and medicinally supportive.

— Paul Stamets

I’ve won some awards. ‘Time’ magazine designated me as one of the environmental heroes of the 20th century. Oh, and I’ve got some honorary citizenships, like from the Conch Republic of the Florida Keys. But the one thing I am proud of is I didn’t get the Chevron environmental award. Never did get that one.

— Paul Watson

The environmental movement doesn’t have many deserters and has a high level of recruitment. Eventually, there will be open war.

— Paul Watson

Usually, environmental programs are not designed for a mainstream audience.

— Paul Watson

We live in a world bathed in 5,000 times more energy than we consume as a species in the year, in the form of solar energy. It’s just not in usable form yet.

— Peter Diamandis

If people are prepared to eat locally and seasonally, then they probably do pretty well in terms of environmental impact.

— Peter Singer

You always bump into politics in life, and as a man, I’m party to a number of environmental issues that concern me first and foremost, as a man, as a father.

— Pierce Brosnan

I think so long as fossil fuels are cheap, people will use them and it will postpone a movement towards new technologies.

— Paul Krugman

I can find God in nature, in animals, in birds and the environment.

— Pat Buckley

I have a huge fan following in Bellary, and when they met me, they told me about their problems. I have seen mining done without proper safety measures and not taking environmental protection into account.

— Pawan Kalyan

With EarthEcho Expedition: Acid Apocalypse, we are working with youth leaders and noted experts on the changing chemistry of our ocean to help illuminate one of our most pressing and inscrutable environmental issues.

— Philippe Cousteau, Jr.

Fossil fuels and mining is a short-term gambit. If we develop those resources at the expense of the environmental gold mine that is the Great Barrier Reef, we will all lose in the long run.

— Philippe Cousteau, Jr.

Truly, we do live on a ‘water planet.’ For us, water is that critical issue that we need. It’s the most precious substance on the planet, and it links us to pretty much every environmental issue, including climate change, that we’re facing.

— Philippe Cousteau, Jr.

I travel all over the country speaking to young people, and I am always amazed at how engaged in environmental conservation they are.

— Philippe Cousteau, Jr.

Business has a way of talking about how to create value, which is in some way isn’t bad… We just need to start thinking about if the value we want to create is consistent with all social and environmental well being.

— Peter Senge

Of the 55 refineries closed in America in the last 10 years, they were all closed for economic reasons, mostly oil company mergers. Not a single one was closed for environmental purposes or objections.

— Peter DeFazio

Just as there’s garbage that pollutes the Potomac river, there is garbage polluting our culture. We need an Environmental Protection Agency to clean it up.

— Pat Buchanan

There are more effective ways of tackling environmental problems including global warming, proliferation of plastics, urban sprawl, and the loss of biodiversity than by treaties, top-down regulations, and other approaches offered by big governments and their dependents.

— Preston Manning

We may achieve climate, but weather is thrust upon us.

— O. Henry

Our globe is under new dramatic environmental pressure: our globe is warming, our ice caps melting, our glaciers receding, our coral is dying, our soils are eroding, our water tables falling, our fisheries are being depleted, our remaining rainforests shrinking. Something is very, very wrong with our eco-system.

— Richard Lamm

The only way forward, if we are going to improve the quality of the environment, is to get everybody involved.

— Richard Rogers

The Keystone pipeline is one of those things that’s sort of a political driver. And mostly, the Republicans use it to sort of embarrass the president and embarrass quite a few Democrats who feel that there’s a potential for an environmental disaster.

— Rodney Frelinghuysen

The Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS), which controls the living environment on shuttles and on the International Space Station, doesn’t have the luxury of disposal: discharging trash into space has long been judged a bad idea.

— Rose George

Religious and spiritual leaders should be held accountable for environmental activism, not only because they have access to large communities and can influence votes, but because service is integral to religious and spiritual life.

— Radhanath Swami

Over the past several decades, a growing number of investors have been choosing to put their money in funds that screen companies for their environmental and labor records. Some socially responsible investors are starting to add free expression and privacy to their list of criteria.

— Rebecca MacKinnon

Natural gas obviously brings with it a number of quality-of-life environmental benefits because it is a relatively clean-burning fuel. It has a CO2 footprint, but it has no particulates. It has none of the other emissions elements that are of concern to public health that other forms of power-generation fuels do have: coal, fuel oil, others.

— Rex Tillerson

It is the public that is illiterate in science and math, a lazy press, and environmental advocacy groups that manufacture fear for misconceptions about energy.

— Rex Tillerson

From 1859 to 1971, the U.S. oil industry grew virtually continuously, in the process serving mightily to drive our economy and win our wars. But that growth was stopped dead in 1971 and sent into decline thereafter, as the advent of the EPA and the accompanying National Environmental Policy Act made it increasingly difficult to drill.

— Robert Zubrin

If China is helping its domestic industries charge an artificially low price for solar panels and other environmental goods, then China is violating international trade rules that it agreed to when it became a member of the World Trade Organization.

— Ron Wyden

If the federal government had been around when the Creator was putting His hand to this state, Indiana wouldn’t be here. It’d still be waiting for an environmental impact statement.

— Ronald Reagan

Ethanol is a premier, high performance fuel. It has tremendous environmental benefits and is a key component to energy independence for our country.

— Richard Lugar

Furthermore, both Pennsylvania and New Jersey Departments of Environmental Protection have evaluated the sediment to be dredged and also found it to be not toxic.

— Robert Brady

I would say Gary Snyder, who is from my part of the world as a poet and environmental thinker, will be read just as Henry Thoreau as John Muir will continue to be read.

— Robert Hass

Develop resilience and be brave. There are days when it is very discouraging. You have to develop personal resilience to environmental things that come along. If you let every single environmental challenge knock you off your game, it’s going to be very, very hard.

— Renee James

Time after time we’re told corporations should have freedom from pesky job safety regulations, environmental protections and labor standards – giving working people the freedom to be crushed in collapsing mines, choke on filthy air and get paid too little to live on.

— Richard Trumka

I’ve always been a big supporter of the Surfrider Foundation. I started my own foundation, Rob Machado Foundation, which focuses on environmental education for the little people of the world.

— Rob Machado

Birds are indicators of the environment. If they are in trouble, we know we’ll soon be in trouble.

— Roger Tory Peterson

Why not put a tax on carbon emissions. It would raise a lot of money, it would reduce the environmental damages in the future, it would solve so many problems, and it would be a much more constructive thing to do than to think about raising the income tax.

— Robert F. Engle

As the world’s ‘most dynamic’ cities seek to manage their own urban growth, American state and local officials have much to offer. Our mayors can share their experiences in urban design, clean energy projects, Smart Grids, codes for energy efficient buildings, transportation safety, and innovative environmental solutions.

— Robert Hormats

My mom was an environmental activist in Australia in the late ’60s and ’70s, and I guess I’ve inherited that awareness from her.

— Robin McLeavy

The Moon stabilizes Earth’s obliquity. Well, almost. The tilt actually varies between 22 and 24.5 degrees – and the variation is enough to induce such environmental inconveniences as the occasional ice age. Without the Moon, it might be much worse.

— Seth Shostak

People who run environmental groups and things like that, who have to listen to all kinds of nonsense and keep their tempers, are very diplomatic and very inclusive.

— Sigourney Weaver

More and more companies are reaching out to their suppliers and contractors to work jointly on issues of sustainability, environmental responsibility, ethics, and compliance.

— Simon Mainwaring

When people align around shared political, social, economic or environmental values, and take collective action, thinking and behavior that compromises the lives of millions of people around the world can truly change.

— Simon Mainwaring

They claim this mother of ours, the Earth, for their own use, and fence their neighbors away from her, and deface her with their buildings and their refuse.

— Sitting Bull

Ten percent of the big fish still remain. There are still some blue whales. There are still some krill in Antarctica. There are a few oysters in Chesapeake Bay. Half the coral reefs are still in pretty good shape, a jeweled belt around the middle of the planet. There’s still time, but not a lot, to turn things around.

— Sylvia Earle

I hope my work contributes to understanding long-term patterns of human behavior and how we survive, thrive, or fail during times of environmental, social, and economic crisis.

— Sarah Parcak

Sustainability goes across everything I do with Adidas and everything I do with my own house, so the Olympic kit is no exception. It is incredibly environmental in the way that it is manufactured. For example, there’s no leather it’s free from PVC. There’s lots of woven materials, which means a lot less waste.

— Stella McCartney

The environmental effects of the automobile are well known: motor vehicles cause, for example, as much as 75 percent of the noise and 80 percent of the air pollution in our cities, and the industry must face mounting pressure from environmentalists.

— Stewart Udall

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

— Stewart Udall

We must not risk defunding environmental conservation programs, which is why Congress should reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund to preserve our natural resources.

— Suzan DelBene

But, as environment minister, I am very interested in a thriving German automobile industry, because I can only pay for the rising costs of environmental protection at home and abroad if there are people in Germany with jobs and who pay taxes.

— Sigmar Gabriel

If you cut down a forest, it doesn’t matter how many sawmills you have if there are no more trees.

— Susan George

While the Environmental Genome Project does not seek to assign allele frequencies, we are aware of the importance of accurate allele frequency estimates for future epidemiologic studies and the large sample sizes such estimates will require.

— Samuel Wilson

We all recognize that in recent decades, many important achievements have helped create a cleaner, healthier environment, yet our national needs in environmental health are not being fully met.

— Samuel Wilson

Moreover, environmental health at the local level has become narrowly focused, very much defined around regulations and the attendant regulatory debates.

— Samuel Wilson

Well, for starters, we have to do more to create demand for new technologies that can reduce our dependence on foreign oil and environmental degradation.

— Sherwood Boehlert

The way to make the world a better place, through your eating, is simply to eat a bit less meat. Local is sometimes good, sometimes bad. But even when it’s good, its environmental impact is relatively small compared to other possible improvements.

— Tyler Cowen

Natural gas is a better transportation fuel than gasoline, so if that’s the case, it’s cheaper, it’s cleaner and it’s a domestic resource.

— T. Boone Pickens

Vegetarians have been around for a very long time – Pythagoreans forbade eating animals more than 2,500 years ago – but even as the environmental evidence mounted, they didn’t appear to be winning the argument.

— Tristram Stuart

It is all very well for 2% of the population to live in a monastic state of meatlessness while everyone else gorges their way towards environmental meltdown or the nearest heart clinic. Vegetarianism is good for the willing minority, but not much use as a campaign tool.

— Tristram Stuart

The environmental movement, like all political processes, reacts best to disasters. But these are very slow, very gradual disasters in the making.

— Ted Danson

We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel for any environmental organization to claim sole responsibility for any kind of victory is insane, because everybody attacks these problems as a group.

— Ted Danson

We have a project with Unocal here in Los Angeles, where we as an environmental organization, the oil company, and the state all get together to promote the recycling of used motor oil.

— Ted Danson

For the U.S., I think we should have a carbon tax, for environmental reasons.

— Tyler Cowen

Population, when unchecked, goes on doubling itself every 25 years or increases in a geometrical ratio.

— Thomas Malthus

What causes autism? As far as we know in 2013, there is no single gene or single environmental factor that accounts for the more than 1 million Americans with ASDs.

— Thomas R. Insel

There should be more attention paid to scientific research in the ecology area, and I think that such attention to proper environmental concerns would make the public feel much better about it.

— Thomas R. Cech

We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.

— William Ralph Inge

Nevertheless, there is another threat on the horizon. I see this threat in environmentalism which is becoming a new dominant ideology, if not a religion. Its main weapon is raising the alarm and predicting the human life endangering climate change based on man-made global warming.

— Vaclav Klaus

In the end, I think the majority of Romanian society will understand that if we respect environmental protection standards, if we have benefits in taxes, royalties, jobs, we should do what all the modern countries in Europe and beyond are doing to take advantage of their natural resources.

— Victor Ponta

I am going to confront the old-fashioned negative thinking which says that all government needs to do to generate growth is cut worker and environmental protections, cut taxes on the rich and stroke ‘fat cats’ until they purr with pleasure. I’m completely repudiating the idea that government has to get out of the way.

— Vince Cable

I always thought we had an environmental problem, but I hadn’t realized how urgent it was. James Lovelock writes that by the end of this century there will be one billion people left.

— Vivienne Westwood

No one is an environmentalist by birth. It is only your path, your life, your travels that awaken you.

— Yann Arthus-Bertrand

We always hear from newspapers that while people understand the environmental challenge, they are unwilling to stomach the solutions. The trouble is, we only ever hear about the solutions from the media, and for whatever reason, they are almost always caricatured beyond recognition. If there’s no appetite for green, it’s not surprising.

— Zac Goldsmith

Politicians usually get the blame for dragging their feet on environmental issues. And fair enough. Most of them do just that. But the blame isn’t theirs alone. For politicians afraid of losing votes, a bristling media waiting to transform good green ideas into monsters is a colossal disincentive.

— Zac Goldsmith

By uploading 40 years of ‘Ecologist’ editions online, we will be creating the world’s most extensive ecological archive. ‘The Ecologist’ will continue to set the environmental and political agenda here and abroad.

— Zac Goldsmith

I have American in-laws, and I care about the environment. We don’t use disposable diapers, which, of course, creates an environmental problem of our own.

— Yakov Smirnoff
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