We must begin thinking like a river if we are to leave a legacy of beauty and life for future generations.
Sometimes luck is with you, and sometimes not, but the important thing is to take the dare. Those who climb mountains or raft rivers understand this.
The wild places are where we began. When they end, so do we.
Let the mountains talk, let the river run. Once more, and forever.
I'm always impressed with what young people can do before older people tell them it's impossible
We still need conservationists who will attempt the impossible, achieving it because they aren't aware how impossible it is.
Childbearing should be a punishable crime against society, unless the parents hold a government license. All potential parents should be required to use contraceptive chemicals, the government issuing antidotes to citizens chosen for childbearing.
There are many ways to salvation, and one of them is to follow a river.
Bring diversity back to agriculture. That's what made it work in the first place.
Without wilderness, the world's a cage.
Truth and beauty can still win battles. We need more art, more passion, more wit in defense of the Earth.
Is the minor convenience of allowing the present generation the luxury of doubling its energy consumption every 10 years worth the major hazard of exposing the next 20,000 generations to this lethal waste?
The more we pour the big machines, the fuel, the pesticides, the herbicides, the fertilizer and chemicals into farming, the more we knock out the mechanism that made it all work in the first place.
Let man heal the hurt places and revere whatever is still miraculously pristine.
It seems that every time mankind is given a lot of energy, we go out and wreck something with it.
There is no place where we can safely store worn-out reactors or their garbage. No place!
To me, a wilderness is where the flow of wildness is essentially uninterrupted by technology; without wilderness the world is a cage.
There is more inside you than you dare think.
The goal now is a socialist, redistributionist society, which is nature's proper steward and society's only hope.
We cannot go on fiddling while the earth's wild places burn....
There is no business on a dead planet
Until four years ago, in fact, I was absolutely in love with the atom.
The Sierra Club is a very good and a very powerful force for conservation and, as a matter of fact, has grown faster since I left than it was growing while I was there! It must be doing something right.
I sort of kept my hand in writing and went to work for the Sierra Club in '52, walked the plank there in '69, founded Friends of the Earth and the League of Conservation Voters after that.
I believe in the rights of creatures other than man.
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