Required reading

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“The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun.” ~ Ralph Nader

“I have no doubt that we will be successful in harnessing the sun’s energy…. If sunbeams were weapons of war, we would have had solar energy centuries ago.” ~Sir George Porter

“In America today you can murder land for private profit. You can leave the corpse for all to see, and nobody calls the cops.” ~Paul Brooks

“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 would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.” ~Elwyn Brooks White

“The insufferable arrogance of human beings to think that Nature was made solely for their benefit, as if it was conceivable that the sun had been set afire merely to ripen men’s apples and head their cabbages.” ~Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac, États et empires de la lune, 1656

“When a man says to me, “I have the intensest love of nature,” at once I know that he has none.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.” ~Ansel Adams

“We have been god-like in the planned breeding of our domesticated plants, but rabbit-like in the unplanned breeding of ourselves.” ~Arnold Toynbee

“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.” ~Edward O. Wilson

“Christianity, with its roots in Judaism, was a major factor in the development of the Western worldview…. A basic Christian belief was that God gave humans dominion over creation, with the freedom to use the environment as they saw fit. Another important Judeo-Christian belief predicted that God would bring a cataclysmic end to the Earth sometime in the future. One interpretation of this belief is that the Earth is only a temporary way station on the soul’s journey to the afterlife. Because these beliefs tended to devalue the natural world, they fostered attitudes and behaviors that had a negative effect on the environment.” ~Donald G. Kaufman and Cecilia M. Franz

“One of the first laws against air pollution came in 1300 when King Edward I decreed the death penalty for burning of coal. At least one execution for that offense is recorded. But economics triumphed over health considerations, and air pollution became an appalling problem in England.” ~Glenn T. Seaborg

“We shall continue to have a worsening ecologic crisis until we reject the Christian axiom that nature has no reason for existence save to serve man.” ~Lynn White, Jr.

“The word “wilderness” occurs approximately three hundred times in the Bible, and all its meanings are derogatory.” ~René Dubos

 “In an underdeveloped country, don’t drink the water; in a developed country, don’t breathe the air. “ ~Changing Times magazine

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