A Few Of My Favorite ThingsWhile not a story, I wanted to share some of my favorite quotes about the environment. Please excuse the length (there are several).
There is a sufficiency in the world for man's need, but not for man's greed. ~ Mohandas K. Gandhi
We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. ~ Thomas Fuller
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. ~ Native American Proverb
The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun. ~ Ralph Nader
The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river. ~ Ross Perot
Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. ~ Chief Seattle
The rose has thorns only for those who would gather it. ~ Chinese Proverb
You must teach your children that the ground beneath their feet is the ashes of your grandfathers. So that they will respect the land, tell your children that the earth is rich with the lives of our kin. Teach your children what we have taught our children, that the earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves. ~ Native American Wisdom
These last few are humorous, but clearly make their point.
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." ~ The Washington Post
Give a man a fish, and he can eat for a day. But teach a man how to fish, and he'll be dead of mercury poisoning inside of three years. ~ Charles Haas
Oh Beautiful for smoggy skies, insecticided grain,
For *****-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.