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.
We still need conservationists who will attempt the impossible, achieving it because they aren't aware how impossible it is.
I'm always impressed with what young people can do before older people tell them it's impossible
Let the mountains talk, let the river run. Once more, and forever.
It is absolutely imperative that we protect, preserve and pass on this genetic heritage for man and every other living thing in as good a condition as we received it.
Polite conversationalists leave no mark save the scars upon the Earth that could have been prevented had they stood their ground.
Bring diversity back to agriculture. That's what made it work in the first place.
We are no longer inheriting the Earth from our parents, we are stealing it from our children.
Truth and beauty can still win battles. We need more art, more passion, more wit in defense of the Earth.
Without wilderness, the world's a cage.
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.
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.
There are many ways to salvation, and one of them is to follow a river.
It seems that every time mankind is given a lot of energy, we go out and wreck something with it.
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?
Let man heal the hurt places and revere whatever is still miraculously pristine.
There is no place where we can safely store worn-out reactors or their garbage. No place!
There is more inside you than you dare think.
To me, a wilderness is where the flow of wildness is essentially uninterrupted by technology; without wilderness the world is a cage.
Yet another proposal would have us rocket the waste into the sun, but, as you're probably aware, about one in ten of our space shots doesn't quite make it out of the earth's gravitational field.
At that time a senator who was on the Joint Committee of Atomic Energy said rather quietly, 'You know, we're having a little problem with waste these days.' I didn't know what he meant then, but I know now.
What we are finding out now is that there are not only limits to growth but also to technology and that we cannot allow technology to go on without public consent.
Perhaps most ridiculous of all is the suggestion that we 'keep' our radioactive garbage for the use of our descendants. This 'solution', I think, requires an immediate poll of the next 20,000 generations.
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