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Quotations on Conservation for Earthkeepers

The Book of Green Quotations edited by James Daley (Dover Publications, 2009).

Contributed by Michael Ochs

Provide regular quotations from conservationists and others who have made profound and compelling statements about our need to attend to our responsibilities to care for Earth.

These are available from The Book of Green Quotations edited by James Daley (Dover Publications, 2009). Order the book and develop your own list for use in bulletins, newsletters, and bulletin boards.


Here is a sample of such quotations:

Nothing is more conservative than conservation (Russell Kirk).

The purpose of conservation: The greatest good to the greatest number of people for the longest time (Gifford Pinchot).

Conservation is a great moral issue, for it involves the patriotic duty of insuring the safety and continuance of the nation....The conservation of natural resources is the fundamental problem (Theodore Roosevelt).

Since natural resources are finite, increased consumption must inevitably lead to depletion and scarcity (Paul Ehrlich).

Energy conservation is the foundation of energy independence (Tom Allen).

We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us.  When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.... Having to squeeze the last drop of utility out of the land has the same desperate finality as having to chop up the furniture to keep warm (Aldo Leopard).

We'd find more energy in the attics of American homes (through energy conservation measures) than in all the oil buried in Alaska (Amory Lovins).

If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer.  But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen (Henry David Thoreau).

The long fight to save wild beauty represents democracy at its best.  It requires citizens to practice the hardest of virtues---self-restraint (Edwin Way Teale).

The future belongs to those who understand that doing more with less is compassionate, prosperous, and enduring, and thus more intelligent, even competitive (Paul Hawken).

A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers but borrowed from his children (John James Audubon).

In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations (From The Great Law of the Iroquois Confederacy)


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