The truth is: the natural world is changing. And we are totally dependent on that world. It provides our food, water and air. It is the most precious thing we have and we need to defend it.— David Attenborough
Delicious Nature Conservation quotations
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children
We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.
The purpose of conservation: The greatest good to the greatest number of people for the longest time.
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed.
Man is a complex being: he makes deserts bloom - and lakes die.
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.
The primary threat to nature and people today comes from centralising and monopolising power and control. Not until diversity is made the logic of production will there be a chance for sustainability, justice and peace. Cultivating and conserving diversity is no luxury in our times: it is a survival imperative.
The conservative "thinks of political policies as intended to preserve order, justice, and freedom. The ideologue, on the contrary, thinks of politics as a revolutionary instrument for transforming society and even transforming human nature. In his march toward Utopia, the ideologue is merciless.
We shall continue to have a worsening ecologic crisis until we reject the Christian axiom that nature has no reason for existence save to serve man.
While I am a great believer in the free enterprise system and all that it entails, I am an even stronger believer in the right of our people to live in a clean and pollution-free environment.
The best friend on earth of man is the tree: When we use the tree respectfully and economically, we have one of the greatest resources of the earth.
The Founders believed, and the Conservative agrees, in the dignity of the individual; that we, as human beings, have a right to live, live freely, and pursue that which motivates us not because man or some government says so, but because these are God-given natural rights.
Our destruction of nature is not just bad stewardship, or stupid economics, or a betrayal of family responsibility; it is the most horrid blasphemy. It is flinging God's gifts into His face, as if they were of no worth beyond that assigned to them by our destruction of them.
You have to believe in happiness, or happiness never comes Ah, that's the reason a bird can sing - On his darkest day he believes in spring.
To those devoid of imagination a blank place on the map is a useless waste;
to others, the most valuable part.
When you defile the pleasant streams, And the wild bird's abiding place, You massacre a million dreams, And cast your spittle in God's face
In America today you can murder land for private profit.
You can leave the corpse for all to see, and nobody calls the cops.
Once destroyed, nature's beauty cannot be repurchased at any price
Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend;
you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left. That is to say, you cannot love game and hate predators; you cannot conserve the waters and waste the ranges; you cannot build the forest and mine the farm. The land is one organism.
This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people.
Oh Beautiful for smoggy skies, insecticided grain, For strip-mined mountain's majesty above the asphalt plain. America, America, man sheds his waste on thee, And hides the pines with billboard signs, from sea to oily sea.
Wilderness itself is the basis of all our civilization.
I wonder if we have enough reverence for life to concede to wilderness the right to live on?
The 'control of nature' is a phrase conceived in arrogance, born of the Neanderthal age of biology and philosophy, when it was supposed that nature exists for the convenience of man.
The State, every government whatever its form, character or color - be it absolute or constitutional, monarchy or republic, Fascist, Nazi or bolshevik - is by its very nature conservative, static, intolerant of change and opposed to it.
We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us.
He who plants a tree, plants a hope.
Everybody needs beauty as well as bread.
It is not enough to understand the natural world; the point is to defend and preserve it.
Our ability to perceive quality in nature begins, as in art, with the pretty.
It expands through successive stages of the beautiful to values as yet uncaptured by language.
We face the question whether a still higher "standard of living" is worth its cost in things natural, wild, and free.
Anyone who says the American Constitution is obsolete just because social and economic conditions have changed does not understand the real genius of the Constitution. It was designed to control something which has not changed and will not change—namely, human nature.
What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.
There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy and its charm.