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Christianity, with its roots in Judaism, was a major factor in the development of the Western worldview.... A basic Christian belief was that God gave humans dominion over creation, with the freedom to use the environment as they saw fit. Another important Judeo-Christian belief predicted that God would bring a cataclysmic end to the Earth sometime in the future. One interpretation of this belief is that the Earth is only a temporary way station on the soul's journey to the afterlife. Because these beliefs tended to devalue the natural world, they fostered attitudes and behaviors that had a negative effect on the environment. (Quote by - Donald G. Kaufman)

Why do people give each other flowers? To celebrate various important occasions, they're killing living creatures? Why restrict it to plants? "Sweetheart, let's make up. Have this deceased squirrel." (Quote by - The Washington Post)

Environments are not just containers, but are processes that change the content totally. (Quote by - Marshall McLuhan)

A living planet is a much more complex metaphor for deity than just a bigger father with a bigger fist. If an omniscient, all-powerful Dad ignores your prayers, it's taken personally. Hear only silence long enough, and you start wondering about his power. His fairness. His very existence. But if a world mother doesn't reply, Her excuse is simple. She never claimed conceited omnipotence. She has countless others clinging to her apron strings, including myriad species unable to speak for themselves. To Her elder offspring She says - go raid the fridge. Go play outside. Go get a job. Or, better yet, lend me a hand. I have no time for idle whining. (Quote by - David Brin)

The difference between animals and humans is that animals change themselves for the environment, but humans change the environment for themselves. (Quote by - Ayn Rand)

The word "wilderness" occurs approximately three hundred times in the Bible, and all its meanings are derogatory. (Quote by - René Dubos)

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them. (Quote by - Bill Vaughn)

The more we exploit nature, The more our options are reduced, until we have only one: to fight for survival. (Quote by - Morris K. Udall)

Humanity is on the march, earth itself is left behind. (Quote by - David Ehrenfeld)

We must not be forced to explore the universe in search of a new home because we have made the Earth inhospitable, even uninhabitable. For if we do not solve the environmental and related social problems that beset us on Earth - pollution, toxic contamination, resource depletion, prejudice, poverty, hunger - those problems will surely accompany us to other worlds. (Quote by - Donald G. Kaufman)

U.S. consumers and industry dispose of enough aluminum to rebuild the commercial air fleet every three months; enough iron and steel to continuously supply all automakers; enough glass to fill New York's World Trade Center every two weeks. (Quote by - Environmental Defense)

If civilization has risen from the Stone Age, it can rise again from the Wastepaper Age. (Quote by - Jacques Barzun)

Man has been endowed with reason, with the power to create, so that he can add to what he's been given. But up to now he hasn't been a creator, only a destroyer. Forests keep disappearing, rivers dry up, wild life's become extinct, the climate's ruined and the land grows poorer and uglier every day. (Quote by - Anton Chekhov)

If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos. (Quote by - Edward O. Wilson)

It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment. (Quote by - Ansel Adams)

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. (Quote by - Henry Fairlie)

When you use a manual push mower, you're "cutting" down on pollution and the only thing in danger of running out of gas is you! (Quote by - Grey Livingston)

Modern technology Owes ecology An apology. (Quote by - Mohandas K. Gandhi)

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. In a war such as this, then, what is victory and how will we recognize it? (Quote by - Al Gore)

Till now man has been up against Nature; from now on he will be up against his own nature. (Quote by - Dennis Gabor)

The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition. (Quote by - Carl Sagan)

Zoos are becoming facsimiles - or perhaps caricatures - of how animals once were in their natural habitat. If the right policies toward nature were pursued, we would need no zoos at all. (Quote by - Michael Fox)

One of the first laws against air pollution came in 1300 when King Edward I decreed the death penalty for burning of coal. At least one execution for that offense is recorded. But economics triumphed over health considerations, and air pollution became an appalling problem in England. (Quote by - Glenn T. Seaborg)

We have to shift our emphasis from economic efficiency and materialism towards a sustainable quality of life and to healing of our society, of our people and our ecological systems. (Quote by - Janet Holmes)

In America today you can murder land for private profit. You can leave the corpse for all to see, and nobody calls the cops. (Quote by - Paul Brooks)


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