1. 10

    We should preserve every scrap of biodiversity as priceless while we learn to use it and come to understand what it means to humanity.

    89
  2. 9

    Destroying a tropical rainforest for profit is like burning all the paintings of the Louvre to cook dinner.

    106
  3. 8

    We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely.

    127
  4. 7

    You teach me, I forget. You show me, I remember. You involve me, I understand.

    135
  5. 6

    Look closely at nature. Every species is a masterpiece, exquisitely adapted to the particular environment in which it has survived. Who are we to destroy or even diminish biodiversity?

    136
  6. 5

    We exist in a bizarre combination of Stone Age emotions, medieval beliefs, and god-like technology.

    136
  7. 4

    You are capable of more than you know. Choose a goal that seems right for you and strive to be the best, however hard the path. Aim high. Behave honorably. Prepare to be alone at times, and to endure failure. Persist! The world needs all you can give.

    140
  8. 3

    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.

    140
  9. 2

    Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction.

    142
  10. 1

    Destroying rainforest for economic gain is like burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal.

    172
  11. Last Update: 25 July 2021

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