It should not be believed that all beings exist for the sake of the existence of man. On the contrary, all the other beings too have been intended for their own sakes and not for the sake of anything else.— Maimonides
Informative Biodiversity quotations
Uniformity is not nature's way; diversity is nature's way.
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?
We should preserve every scrap of biodiversity as priceless while we learn to use it and come to understand what it means to humanity.
The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats and biodiversity... that's all there is. That's the whole economy. That's where all the economic activity and jobs come from. These biological systems are the sustaining wealth of the world.
The more complex the network is, the more complex its pattern of interconnections, the more resilient it will be.
We cannot win this battle to save species and environments without forging an emotional bond between ourselves and nature as well - for we will not fight to save what we do not love.
The bulldozer and not the atomic bomb may turn out to be the most destructive invention of the 20th century.
If we pollute the air, water and soil that keep us alive and well, and destroy the biodiversity that allows natural systems to function, no amount of money will save us.
We share this planet with many species.
It is our responsibility to protect them, both for their sakes and our own.
Each species on our planet plays a role in the healthy functioning of natural ecosystems, on which humans depend.
When the forest is destroyed, when the river is dammed, when the biodiversity is stolen, when fields are waterlogged or turned saline because of economic activities, it is a question of survival for these people. So our environmental movements have been justice movements.
Biodiversity is the greatest treasure we have... Its diminishment is to be prevented at all cost.
Cultivating and conserving diversity is no luxury in our times: it is a survival imperative.
Oman overall has great animal and plant biodiversity because it has mountains, desert, coastal areas and rich coral reefs.
When I hear of the destruction of a species, I feel just as if all the works of some great writer have perished.
Are we to regard the world of nature simply as a storehouse to be robbed for the immediate benefit of man? ... Does man have any responsibility for the preservation of a decent balance in nature, for the preservation of rare species, or even for the indefinite continuance of his race?
I can't imagine anything more important than air, water, soil, energy and biodiversity. These are the things that keep us alive.
The world is more than the sum of its suffering.
It is that range of biodiversity that we must care for - the whole thing - rather than just one or two stars.
I came to all the realizations about sustainability and biodiversity because I fell in love with the way food tastes. And because I was looking for that taste I feel at the doorsteps of the organic, local, sustainable farmers, dairy people and fisherman.
A fist is more than the sum of its fingers.
No piecemeal solution is going to prevent the collapse of whole societies and ecosystems ... a radical re-thinking of our values, priorities and political systems is urgent.
Our health relies entirely on the vitality of our fellow species on Earth.
We are committed with our lives to building a different model and a different future for humanity, the Earth, and other species. We have envisaged a moral alternative to economic globalization and we will not rest until we see it realized.
Instead of trying to understand agriculture in its own terms, acknowledge that agriculture ultimately comes out of nature. Right now agriculture is the No. 1 threat to biodiversity on the planet.
For if one link in nature's chain might be lost, another might be lost, until the whole of things will vanish by piecemeal.
A painting is more than the sum of its parts
To many people, 'biodiversity' is almost synonymous with the word 'nature,' and 'nature' brings to mind steamy forests and the big creatures that dwell there. Fair enough. But biodiversity is much more than that, for it encompasses not only the diversity of species, but also the diversity within species.
Biodiversity can't be maintained by protecting a few species in a zoo, or by preserving greenbelts or national parks. To function properly, nature needs more room than that. It can maintain itself, however, without human expense, without zookeepers, park rangers, foresters or gene banks. All it needs is to be left alone.
We have built a greenhouse, a human greenhouse, where once there bloomed a sweet and wild garden.
Look at these worlds spinning out of nothingness. That is within your power.
We develop our beautiful planet in such a way that we brush aside the species.
.. we risk creating a wasteland, where our aspirations will ultimately wither and die
Our world is evolving without consideration, and the result is a loss of biodiversity, energy issues, congestion in cities. But geography, if used correctly, can be used to redesign sustainable and more livable cities.
Food security is an authentically human requirement.
Guaranteeing it for present and future generations also means safeguarding ourselves against the uncontrolled exploitation of natural resources. Indeed, the process of consumption and waste seems to overlook any concern for ... biodiversity, which is so important for agriculture.