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Our Natural Environment

Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.
       - Henry David Thoreau

We have not inherited this land from our ancestors; rather we have borrowed it from our children.
       - Kenyan Proverb

There is a sufficiency in the world for man's need but not for man's greed.
       - Mohandas K. Gandhi

There's so much pollution in the air now that if it weren't for our lungs there'd be no place to put it all.
       - Robert Orben

Lend to God and the earth -- they both pay good interest.
       - Swedish Proverb

Modern technologythe wonderful colors of nature
Owes ecology
an apology.
       - Alan M. Eddison

Because we don't think about future generations, they will never forget us.
       - Henrik Tikkanen

Earth is dearer than gold.
       - Estonian Proverb

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, actor and activist

Let us a little permit Nature to take her own way; she better understands her own affairs than we.
       - Michel de Montaigne

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.
       - Bill Vaughn

We say we love flowers, yet we pluck them. We say we love trees, yet we cut them down. And people still wonder why some are afraid when told they are loved.

The World we all share is given to us in trust. Every choice we make regarding the earth, air, and water around us should be made with the objective of preserving it for all generations to come.
       - August A. Bush III

Oh Beautiful for smoggy skies, insecticided grain,
For strip-mined mountain's majesty above the asphalt plain.
America, America, man sheds his waste on thee,
And hides the pines with billboard signs, from sea to oily sea.
       - George Carlin

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