"A green, renewable energy economy isn't some pie-in-the-sky, far-off future – it is now. It is creating jobs – now. It is providing cheap alternatives to $140-per-barrel oil – now. And it can create millions of additional jobs, an entire new industry, if we act – now."
"Only when I saw the Earth from space, in all its ineffable beauty and fragility, did I realize that humankind's most urgent task is to cherish and preserve it for future generations."
"Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed."
Father of India
"In Mexico City, Tehran, Kolkata, Bangkok, Shanghai, and hundreds of other cities, the air is no longer safe to breathe. In some cities, the air is so polluted that breathing is equivalent to smoking two packs of cigarettes per day."
Author of Plan B 4: Mobilizing to Save Civilization
“Only when the last tree has been cut down,
Only when the last river has been poisoned,
Only when the last fish has been caught,
Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.”
Cree Indian Prophecy
"In the long term, economic sustainability depends on ecological sustainability."
America's Living Oceans
Pew Oceans Report, 2003
"In the next 24 hours, deforestation will release as much CO2 into the atmosphere as 8 million people flying from London to New York. Stopping the loggers is the fastest and cheapest solution to climate change."
Writing in ‘The Independent'
"A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business."
“Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.”
Henry David Thoreau
"We are living on this planet as if we had another one to go to."
"When we tug at a single thing in nature, we find it attached to the rest of the world."
"You can tell how high a society is by how much of its garbage is recycled."
"We are seeing the birth of a new perspective of the world, where ecology and economics are two sides of the same coin."
"There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew."
"If you want to see an endangered species, get up and look in the mirror."
John Young, former Apollo Astronaut
"If we could shrink the earth's population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look something like the following."
There would be:
14 from the Western Hemisphere, both north and south
52 would be female
48 would be male
70 would be non-white
30 would be white
70 would be non-Christian
30 would be Christian
89 would be heterosexual
11 would be homosexual
6 people would possess 59% of the entire world's wealth and all 6 would be from the United States.
80 would live in substandard housing
70 would be unable to read
50 would suffer from malnutrition
1 would be near death; 1 would be near birth
1 (yes, only 1) would have a college education
1 would own a computer
“There are two posible routes to affluence. Either produce much, or desire little."
"The only countries that are going to do well in the future are those that win the green race."
Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of Greenpeace International