Dig a trench through a landfill and you will see layers of phone books like geographical strata or layers of cake.... During a recent landfill dig in Phoenix, I found newspapers dating from 1952 that looked so fresh you might read one over breakfast.— William Rathje
Famous Save Mother Earth quotations
Rushing never saved the time that planning did.
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.
Because we don't think about future generations, they will never forget us.
No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.
The mother of the year should be a sterilized woman with two adopted children
Waste not the smallest thing created, for grains of sand make mountains, and atomies infinity.
They kill good trees to put out bad newspapers.
Heaven on Earth is a choice you must make, not a place you must find.
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.
The human race will be the cancer of the planet.
If nothing saves us from death, may love at least save us from life.
Our environmental problems originate in the hubris of imagining ourselves as the central nervous system or the brain of nature. We're not the brain, we are a cancer on nature.
Man is a blind, witless, low brow, anthropocentric clod who inflicts lesions upon the earth.
Human destiny is bound to remain a gamble, because at some unpredictable time and in some unforeseeable manner nature will strike back.
Be humble for you are made of earth. Be noble for you are made of stars.
Forests are the lungs of our land.
If civilization has risen from the Stone Age, it can rise again from the Wastepaper Age.
It is not man the ecological crisis threatens to destroy but the quality of human life.
Be still, and the earth will speak to you.
The word "wilderness" occurs approximately three hundred times in the Bible, and all its meanings are derogatory.
Every walk to the woods is a religious rite, every bath in the stream is a saving ordinance. Communion service is at all hours, and the bread and wine are from the heart and marrow of Mother Earth.
Tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, whistling, grinding, and trilling bolster his [mankind's] ego. His anxiety subsides. His inhuman void spreads monstrously like a gray vegetation.
No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one way. We ourselves must walk the path.
The command, 'Be fruitful and multiply', was promulgated, according to our authorities, when the population of the world consisted of two persons.
The desire to build a risk-free society has always been a sign of decadence.
It has meant that the nation has given up, that it no longer believes in its destiny, that it has ceased to aspire to greatness, and has retired from history to pet itself.
God forbid that India should ever take to industrialism after the manner of the west... keeping the world in chains. If [our nation] took to similar economic exploitation, it would strip the world bare like locusts.
When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down "happy". They told me I didn't understand the assignment, and I told them they didn't understand life
Humanity is on the march, earth itself is left behind.
Your grandchildren will likely find it incredible - or even sinful - that you burned up a gallon of gasoline to fetch a pack of cigarettes!
When a man says to me, "I have the intensest love of nature," at once I know that he has none.
The earth has music for those who listen.
Everybody wants to save the Earth; nobody wants to help Mom do the dishes.
The magnificence of mountains, the serenity of nature-nothing is safe from the idiot marks of man's passing.
The earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of earth. If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves.
All that I am or hope to be, I owe to my mother.
The control man has secured over nature has far outrun his control over himself.
We're finally going to get the bill for the Industrial Age.
If the projections are right, it's going to be a big one: the ecological collapse of the planet.
The tourist business is a trap, it is a tained honey;
Man clearly should have stayed in bed, and not invented money.
Hold dear to your parents for it is a scary and confusing world without them.
In its broadest ecological context, economic development is the development of more intensive ways of exploiting the natural environment.
Drive Nature forth by force, she'll turn and rout The false refinements that would keep her out.
Our modern industrial economy takes a mountain covered with trees, lakes, running streams and transforms it into a mountain of junk, garbage, slime pits, and debris.
The struggle to save the global environment is in one way much more difficult than the struggle to vanquish Hitler, for this time the war is with ourselves. We are the enemy, just as we have only ourselves as allies.
Nature always strikes back. It takes all the running we can do to remain in the same place.