August 28th 2012. Remember that date. It marks the day when the world went raving mad.

โ€” George Monbiot

The most courageous George Monbiot quotes that will activate your inner potential

Nobody ever rioted for austerity.

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So, if you donโ€™t fit in, if you feel at odds with the world, if your identity is troubled and frayed, if you feel lost and ashamed - it could be because you have retained the human values you were supposed to have discarded. You are a deviant. Be proud.

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The Christians stole the winter solstice from the pagans, and capitalism stole it from the Christians.

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If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire.

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The corporations are powerful only because we have allowed them to be.

In theory, it is we, not they, who mandate the state. But we have neglected our duty of citizenship, and they have taken advantage of our neglect to seize the reins of government.

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Like other lifeforms, we [humans] exist only to replicate ourselves.

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Acknowledging our love for the living world does something that a library full of papers on sustainable development and ecosystem services cannot: it engages the imagination as well as the intellect. It inspires belief; and this is essential to the lasting success of any movement.

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Do we want to be remembered as the generation that saved the banks and let the biosphere collapse?

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Thinking like ethical people, dressing like ethical people, decorating our homes like ethical people makes not a damn of difference unless we also behave like ethical people.

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If global warming is not contained, the West will face a choice of a refugee crisis of unimaginable proportions, or direct complicity in crimes against humanity.

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Even when nuclear power plants go horribly wrong, they do less damage to the planet and its people than coal-burning stations operating normally.

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Deregulation is a transfer of power from the trodden to the treading.

It is unsurprising that all conservative parties claim to hate big government.

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About George Monbiot

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Birthday January 27, 1963

Almost everywhere, climate change denial now looks as stupid and as unacceptable as Holocaust denial.

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Almost all systems of economic thought are premised on the idea of continued economic growth, which would be fine and dandy if we lived on an infinite planet, but there's this small, niggling, inconvenient fact that the planet is, in fact, finite, and that, unlike economic theory, it is governed by physical and biological reality

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It is a campaign not for abundance but for austerity.

It is a campaign not for more freedom but for less. Strangest of all, it is a campaign not just against other people, but against ourselves.

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Every time someone dies as a result of floods in Bangladesh, an airline executive should be dragged out of his office and drowned.

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Until now I believed that the nation that has done most to sabotage a new climate change agreement was the United States. I was wrong. The real villain is Canada. Unless we can stop it, the harm done by Canada in December 2009 will outweigh a century of good works.

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The institutions founded 'to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war' have failed. Since the end of WW2, some thirty million people have been killed in armed conflict. Most of them were civilians.

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We would do well to ask why governments seem to find it so easy to raise the money required to wreck the biosphere, and so difficult to raise the money required to save it.

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It does not matter whether we burn fossil fuels with malice or with love.

As far as the atmosphere is concerned, it is not concerned. It is a collection of gases.

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People believe Loose Change because it proposes a closed world: comprehensible, controllable, small. Despite the great evil which runs it, it is more companionable than the chaos which really governs our lives, a world without destination or purpose.

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All the money, all the prestige in the world will never make up for the loss of your freedom.

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Why is it so easy to save the banks - but so hard to save the biosphere?

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The angry men know that this golden age (of fossil fuels) has gone;

but they cannot find the words for the constraints they hate. Clutching their copies of Atlas Shrugged, they flail around, accusing those who would impede them of communism, fascism, religiosity, misanthropy, but knowing at heart that these restrictions are driven by something far more repulsive to the unrestrained man: the decencies we owe to other human beings.

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War and pestilence might kill large numbers of people, but in most cases the population recovers. But lose the soil and everything goes with it.

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In motivating people to love and defend the natural world, an ounce of hope is worth a ton of despair.

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The problem is compounded by the fact that the connection between cause and effect seems so improbable. By turning on the lights, filling the kettle, taking the children to school, driving to the shops, we are condemning other people to death. We never chose to do this. We do not see ourselves as killers. We perform these acts without passion or intent.

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The schedules are crammed with shows urging us to travel further, drive faster, build bigger, buy more, yet none of them are deemed to offend the rules, which really means that they don't offend the interests of business or the pampered sensibilities of the Aga class. The media, driven by fear and advertising, are hopelessly biased towards the consumer economy and against the biosphere.

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Development which has no regard for whom or what it harms is not development.

It is the opposite of progress, damaging the Earth's capacity to support us and the rest of its living systems.

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Soil is an almost magical substance, a living system that transforms the materials it encounters.

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Faced with a choice between the survival of the planet and a new set of matching tableware, most people would choose the tableware.

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When you warn people about the dangers of climate change, they call you a saint.

When you explain what needs to be done to stop it, they call you a communist.

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There is enough oil in the ground to deep-fry the lot of us, and no obvious means to prevail upon governments and industry to leave it in the ground.

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Those who consume far more resources than they require destroy the life chances of those whose survival depends upon consuming more.

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Progress is measured by the speed at which we destroy the conditions that sustain life.

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Change arises from conviction. Stop voting in fear. Start voting for hope.

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