quote by Marjory Stoneman Douglas

There are no other Everglades in the world.

— Marjory Stoneman Douglas

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There are no other Everglades in the world.

They are, they have always been, one of the unique regions of the earth; remote, never wholly known. Nothing anywhere else is like them.

I'll talk about the Everglades at the drop of a hat.

The Everglades is a test. If we pass it, we may get to keep the planet.

Life should be lived so vividly and so intensely that thoughts of another life, or of a longer life, are not necessary.


The wealth of south Florida, but even more important, the meaning and significance of south Florida lies in the black muck of the Everglades and the inevitable development of this country to be the great tropic agricultural center of the world.

Whoever wants me to talk, I'll come over and tell them about the necessity of preserving the Everglades.

To be clear, climate change is a true 800 pound gorilla in the room.

The effects of global warming threaten global environmental upheaval over the coming century. But for South Florida and the Everglades, it could be our death knell if urgent action is not taken.

Since 1972, I've been going around making speeches on the Everglades.

I think the people will- who advocate having a step back and read those public opinion polls on the front page of the newspapers all over this country saying public supports restoration in restoration of the Everglades, protection of the parks and the creation of monuments.


The central part of the state is more remote and less scenic, and there's a huge agricultural belt that stretches from the south of Lake Okeechobee to the border of Everglades National Park, where the restoration effort is being concentrated, .. Obviously the movement to save the Everglades runs up against agricultural concerns.

Since 1972, Ive been going around making speeches on the Everglades.

No matter how poor my eyes are, I can still talk. Ill talk about the Everglades at the drop of a hat. Whoever wants me to talk, Ill come over and tell them about the necessity of preserving the Everglades.

Perhaps the spirit of the Everglades was most evident in the unseen, the hidden, the implied.

The miracle of light pours over the green and brown expanse of saw grass and of water, shining and slowly moving, the grass and water that is the meaning and the central fact of the Everglades. It is a river of grass.

To be a friend of the Everglades is not necessarily to spend time wandering around out there.


The American government has spent a lot of money trying to reclaim, for example, the Everglades, and to allow the natural vegetation at the coastal areas to be restored because that was part of the vegetation that actually protected the hinterlands.

People who keep a large snake in their apartment building, which happens quite a bit, all of a sudden, within two summers, have a 14-foot animal that's eating adult rabbits, and needs quite a bit of room and quite a bit of heat. That's the animal that gets put in the back of a pick-up truck and dumped into the Florida Everglades or the city lake, or just left on a doorstep - again, it's quite often the animal that suffers.

I can tell that the Greater Yellowstone from the Tetons, to the Lamar Valley where wolves howl and grizzlies roam, acts as my spine, my range of memory that ties me to landscape of Other. And that the ocean from the rocky coast of Maine, to the Florida everglades, to the looming cliffs at Big Sur, sustain me, remind me we are nothing without salt water, wind, and waves.

Elizabeth Rothra's excellent biography of Charles Torrey Simpson restates his philosophies about the intrinsic value of natural ecosystems like the Everglades. No one knew better than he the history of the plants and animals of South Florida or conveyed it with more humor and enthusiasm.

It is a fact that scientists have deposited dye in certain lakes around Orlando and tracked the effluent to Florida Bay. There is a lake near Everglades City, Deep Lake, and large tarpon show up in that lake, 30 miles from the sea.


If the devil ever raised a garden, the Everglades was it.

I'm a freaking princess when it comes to other people's feelings.

Yo dogbreath, get your paws of the everglades. -Max

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