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Earth Day 1970 was irrefutable evidence that the American
by Barry Commoner

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

Related topics: Environmental

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

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

Nothing ever goes away.
- Barry Commoner

 

If you can see the light at the end of the tunnel,
you are looking the wrong way.
- Barry Commoner

When you fully understand the situation,
it is worse than you think.
- Barry Commoner

The methods that EPA introduced after 1970 to reduce
air-pollutant emissions worked for a while,
but over time have become progressively less effective.
- Barry Commoner

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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

The AEC had at its command an army of highly skilled scientists.
- Barry Commoner

The weapons were conceived and created by a small band
of physicists and chemists;
they remain a cataclysmic threat to the whole of human
society and the natural environment.
- 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

Seen that way, the wholesale transformation of production
technologies that is mandated by pollution prevention
creates a new surge of economic development.
- 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

It is simply economically impossible to require controls
that even approach zero emissions.
- Barry Commoner

What is needed now is a transformation of the major
systems of production more profound than even the sweeping
post-World War II changes in production technology.
- Barry Commoner

The first law of ecology is that everything is related to everything else.
- Barry Commoner

No action is without its side effects.
- Barry Commoner

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

After all, despite the economic advantage to firms
that employed child labor,
it was in the social interest, as a national policy,
to abolish it - removing that advantage for all firms.
- Barry Commoner

As the earth spins through space, a view from above
the North Pole would encompass most of the wealth of the world -
most of its food,
productive machines, doctors, engineers and teachers.
A view from the opposite pole would encompass most of the world's poor.
- Barry Commoner

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

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

It reflects a prevailing myth that production technology
is no more amenable to human judgment or social interests
than the laws of thermodynamics,
atomic structure or biological inheritance.
- Barry Commoner

The AEC scientists were so narrowly focused on arming
the United States for nuclear war that they failed to perceive facts -
even widely known ones -
that were outside their limited field of vision.
- Barry Commoner

What is new is that environmentalism intensely illuminates
the need to confront the corporate domain at its most
powerful and guarded point -
the exclusive right to govern the systems of production.
- Barry Commoner

Let there be peace on earth.
And let it begin with me.
- Jill Jackson Miller

I am one with the Earth,
with the Water, with the Fire,
with the Air that I breathe,
with all Living Things,
and we are all one with Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors,
we borrow it from our children.
- Native American Proverb

Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.
- Native American traditional

Trees are the earth's endless effort
to speak to the listening heaven.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Earth laughs in flowers.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing can stop the man with the right
mental attitude from achieving his goal;
nothing on earth can help the man
with the wrong mental attitude.
- Thomas Jefferson

Dance like no one is watching,
love like you'll never be hurt.
Sing like no one is listening.
Live life like it's heaven on earth.
- Anonymous (various attributions and alternate phrasings)

Take time to laugh.
It is the music of the soul.
Take time to think.
It is the source of power.
Take time to play.
It is the source of perpetual youth.
Take time to read.
It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to pray.
It is the greatest power on Earth.
Take time to love and be loved.
It is a God-given privilege.
Take time to be friendly.
It is the road to happiness.
Take time to give.
It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work.
It is the price of success.
- Anonymous

There is no security on this Earth,
there is only opportunity.
- Douglas MacArthur

Be gentle with the earth.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Look at everything as though you were seeing it
either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.
- Betty Smith

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth -
an instruction book didn't come with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Love like you've never been hurt,
dance like no one is watching,
live as though heaven is on earth.
- Satchel Paige

The greatest test of courage on earth
is to bear defeat without losing heart.
- Robert Ingersoll

That sense of sacredness,
that thinking in generations,
must begin with reverence for this earth.
- Paul Tsongas

Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished:
If you're alive, it isn't.
- Richard Bach

To love what you do and feel that it matters,
how on earth could anything be more fun.
- Katherine Graham

Give me a place to stand and I will move the earth.
- Aristotle

Property is intended to serve life,
and no matter how much we surround it with rights and respect,
it has no personal being.
It is part of the earth man walks on.
It is not man.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

So powerful is the light of unity
that it can illuminate the whole earth.
- Baha'u'llah

Life comes from the earth and life returns to the earth.
- Zhuangzi

Being angry is as close as a human being
can come to experiencing hell on earth.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The highest proof of the spirit is love.
Love is the eternal thing which men can already
on earth possess as it really is.
- Albert Schweitzer

It is only when we truly know and understand
that we have a limited time on earth
and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up
that we will begin to live each day to the fullest,
as if it were the only one we had.
- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

The things that have acquired unity are these:
Heaven by unity has become clear;
Earth by unity has become steady;
The Spirit by unity has become spiritual;
The Valley by unity has become full;
All things by unity have come into existence.
- Lao Tzu

Know that you are one with the earth, with the water,
with the fire, with the air that you breathe, with all living things,
and that all of these are one with Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Treat the earth well,
It was not given to you by your parents,
It was loaned to you by your children.
- Native American Proverb

May You Always Be Connected With Earth and Sky -
Drawing Energy From Both.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Each and every human being on Earth
has both the responsibility and the privilege
of viewing themselves as Divine beings
with the power to bring about peace.
- James Twyman

We try to realize the essential unity of the world
with the conscious soul of man;
we learn to perceive the unity held together
by the one Eternal Spirit,
whose power creates the earth, the sky, and the stars,
and at the same time irradiates our mind.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Our creator is the same and never changes
despite the names given Him by people here
and in all parts of the world.
Even if we gave Him no name at all,
He would still be there, within us,
waiting to give us good on this earth.
- George Washington Carver

Shall I not have intelligence with the earth?
Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself.
- Henry David Thoreau

Now there is one outstanding important fact regarding spaceship earth,
and that is that no instruction book came with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Suspended between earth and sky,
my humanity draws from both,
my tendrils reach for the energies of each.
Spirit and Ground - equal yet opposite,
the lightness and the solidarity,
the ephemeral and the substantial.
The substantial is no more and no less
than the ephemeral - merely different.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The primal rhythmic power
and resonant sound of waves on the shore
are like the earth's heartbeat,
and become our connection with the body of nature.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Man has lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall.
He will end by destroying the earth.
- Albert Schweitzer

I am proud to be an American.
Because an American can eat anything on the face of
this earth as long as he has two pieces of bread.
- Bill Cosby

To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal
is our only legitimate hope of survival.
- Wendell Berry

No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth,
and no culture comparable to that of the garden.
- Thomas Jefferson

Take away love and our earth is a tomb.
- Robert Browning


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