Monday, 8 June 2009

Quote of the Week- Environment

I figured that since I have recently been posting about Scouts and the environment I figured it would be a great idea to share some environment quotes. So here a few quotes:

Nature provides a free lunch, but only if we control our appetites. ~William Ruckelshaus, Business Week, 18 June 1990

I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend? ~Robert Redford, Yosemite National Park dedication, 1985

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. ~Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

It is imperative to maintain portions of the wilderness untouched so that a tree will rot where it falls, a waterfall will pour its curve without generating electricity, a trumpeter swan may float on uncontaminated water - and moderns may at least see what their ancestors knew in their nerves and blood. ~Bernand De Voto, Fortune, June 1947

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. ~Dave Foreman, Harper's, April 1990

Yours in Scouting Service
Mark W
Assistant Scoutmaster
Troop 1616
Great Alaska COuncil
Eagle Scout OA Brotherhood Member
NSJ '05 WSJ '07 '11 Philmont AA '08

1 comment:

  1. Your quote from 1947 rings as true today as then. Trumpeter Swans are less rare on the planet but still face issues of toxins, particularly lead. The Yellowstone population is declining rapidy and just this past month an adult was shot and killed on its nest - three eggs lost that could have been a boost to the population. Thanks for your quotes and ccaring. The Trumpeter Swan Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to assuring the vitality and welfare of this magnificent species. Scouts can find identification tips and the latest news on fighting toxins and saving Yellowstone's birds on our website


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