Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Instead of posting a movie quote today, I thought I would honor Earth Day with a few select quotes that actually say something as opposed to the whole lot of nothing that gets thrown around these days about the environment (does anyone actually know what global warming even means?) In the 9th grade, I entered the National History Fair with a project on the environment. I chose that topic because I cared about the environment, even as a kid. What I learned has stuck with me through the years and I have studied a lot about sustainable development and environmental issues.

So starting today, I challenge everyone make some small changes to their daily life to start conserving resources/energy. If you don't recycle, start now (most cities offer recycling as part of basic utilities - my recycle bin only costs $5 a month and I have cut my apartment's landfill contribution by about 75%). Buy some reusable shopping bags and use them at the grocery store - mine hold more groceries and are easier to carry than plastic or paper bags. Open the curtains and turn off the lights during the day, unplug appliances when not in use, find a way to repair, reuse or recycle old items instead of replacing them. Happy Earth Day!
Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.” — Gandhi

“In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught.” — Baba Dioum

“After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on — and have found that none of these finally satisfies... what remains? Nature remains.” — Walt Whitman

"Every cell, every particle of matter in the world requires a Captain to steer it into place . . . Somewhere, before evolution was, was an Intelligence that laid out the plan, and evolution is the process, not the origin, of the harmony" — John Muir

"Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money." — Cree Indian Proverb

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtfully committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." — Margaret Mead



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