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Toucan admiring its environmentTake care of the earth and she will take care of you.
       - Anonymous

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

To waste and destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them.
       - Theodore Roosevelt

We won't have a society if we destroy the environment.
       - Margaret Meadwhite blossoms on a tree

If there is to be an ecologically sound society, it will have to come from the grass roots up, not from the top down.
       - Paul Hawken

What is the good of having a nice house without a decent planet to put it on?
       - Henry David Thoreau

Take nothing but pictures.
Leave nothing but footprints.
Kill nothing but time.
       - Motto of the Baltimore Grotto, a caving society

The earth is man's only friend.
       - Bulgarian Proverb

The old Lakota was wise. He knew that man's heart away from nature becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans too.
       - Chief Luther Standing Bear

Picture of waterfall, one of the beauties of nature that sustain us.The struggle to save the global environment is in one-way much more difficult than the struggle to vanquish Hitler, for this time the war is with ourselves. We are the enemy, just as we have only ourselves as allies.
- Al Gore

We're finally going to get the bill for the Industrial Age. If the projections are right, it's going to be a big one: the ecological collapse of the planet.
                                                                                      - Jeremy Rifkin, World Press Review

The earth produces all things and receives all again.
       - Spanish Proverb

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