When we destroy something crated by man we call it vandalism but when we destroy something by nature we call it progress.

— Ed Begley, Jr.

The most cheering Ed Begley, Jr. quotes to get the best of your day

We, who have so much, must do more to help those in need.

And most of all, we must live simply, so that others may simply live.

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The two most abundant forms of power on earth are solar and wind, and they're getting cheaper and cheaper.

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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.

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The food in Yugoslavia is fine if you like pork tartare.

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What we often fail to recognize is how efficient a vegan diet is.

Less land, less water, more food for our spiraling population.

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People are overwhelmed looking up at the Mount Everest of environmental challenges that we face. But you put one foot in front of the other and you recognize that not everyone is Sir Edmund Hillary.

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It takes less land to grow a pound of broccoli than it does a pound of beef.

Less land to grow a pound of grain than a pound of beef. Less water, less energy.

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Keep in mind, coal plants claim plenty of birds too.

Sadly, hydro claims the lives of many fish. There is a price for everything. Solar does the best as far as very minimal wildlife damage.

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For decades, community colleges have been the backbone of American workforce training. Because they are nimble and closely attuned to local community needs, they are inherently positioned to be influential leaders of the movement for a sustainable economy.

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This is a deeply spiritual issue...Do we want to spend more time trying to care for our fellow man or do we want to just pursue more virtual reality? That's the issue before us.. and it's being played out in the world of the environment.

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By 1990 I went back to no gasoline; I was just riding around on my bike, taking the bus. I had a tiny little electric car that didn't go very far or very fast. People thought I'd lost my mind. Even my own family thought I'd lost my mind.

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The film 'Tapped' illustrates quite clearly how we've been getting 'soaked' for years by the bottled water industry.

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About Ed Begley, Jr.

Quotes 39 sayings
Profession Actor
Birthday September 16, 1949

I can trace my environmentally-friendly lifestyle back to my childhood.

My father was a conservative Republican that liked to 'conserve'.

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I've lived a slower and less expensive life going off the grid, and I'm happier because of it.

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It's people wanting to do something about global climate change.

People fed up with the high price of gas. People tired of breathing dirty air. In Houston, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, and other cities. It's going to be a critical mass of people experiencing something.

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I'm not a wealthy person because I was never a star. I was a working actor and a supporting actor.

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As someone who has grown up living in Southern California, I know all too well about the costs and scarcities of water.

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You can't just do one of the things, because it won't be enough to combat the climate change that we're already starting to experience. It will only get worse.

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Experience nature. Then you know why it's worth protecting.

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I wanted to be an actor my whole young life.

My dad was an actor, obviously - he won an Academy Award, but I had no idea what was involved. I had all the wrong ideas about acting.

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One of the regular intervals of meditation in my life, believe it or not, is in my car.

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We have lots of other problems with plastic in our oceans.

There are five different big gyres of plastic out in the ocean. There are problems with air pollution around the country that we need to deal with, and around the world. We have a great many problems to overcome, so I work on a lot of different boards trying to help in those important areas.

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If you're going to drive a Hummer and buy carbon offsets, that's like getting drunk every night and getting into an AA meeting, throwing money in the basket, and leaving.

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To be a modern person in 2012, you are often required to have some electronics in your life. And I do. I try to put that phone down, put the computer away, and get out there and hike in the woods; feel it in my feet, feel it in my hands; get out in the garden and feel the soil under my fingers, my fingertips and my fingernails. I try to be involved in nature in a very tactile way. I think that's important.

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There are many different ways now to experience nature. Get out there and hike.

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I think people love nature after they experience it.

I know I experienced it as a young man - I took a lot of hikes, I was involved in scouting.

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People don't want to change. It's hard for people to change and it's hard for businesses to change. If I was running an oil company, I would be resistant to change too.

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For my own health, I thought it was better to eat a plant based diet.

I'm going to be 60 soon and I have boundless energy and I feel really good, so I'm all for it.

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Los Angeles is a city known as much for its sun as for its stars and its dirty air.

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I ride my bike for transportation a great deal - occasionally I ride it for fun.

But I also have a generator bike that's hooked up to my solar battery pack, so if I ride 15 minutes hard on my bike, that's enough energy to toast toast, or power my computer.

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The environmental crisis is all a result of rushing.

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My favorite form of transportation is walking.

I live in a neighborhood where you can walk to restaurants, banks, and shops.

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I'm a strong proponent of green tech for anyone who can afford it, having spent the last 40 years working toward achieving a smaller and smaller eco-impact for myself.

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You cannot be quiet about things that you know.

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I bought my first electric car in 1970.

Its top speed was 15 mph and it had just a 15 mile range - it was essentially a golf cart with a windshield wiper and a horn.

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To build a power plant and run lines to houses, to huts, to anything is a tremendous amount of work...how about...just giving them the service where they need it-on the roof of their hut.

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It's something I passed on to my kids.

They really love the earth because they've experienced it from the youngest age. They know where food comes from - it doesn't come from the Safeway bush or the Ralph's tree. It comes from the earth. And water and sunshine and nutrients. My children understand that because they've experienced it. I feel successful as a parent, having done that.

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When you're in the public eye - whether it be entertainment, sports, medicine, politics, whatever way - you have an opportunity, and I think also an obligation and a responsibility, to disseminate good information.

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