ecology

A Quote by Thomas Berry on universe, love, planet, earth, humanity, ecology, environmentalism, and life

Our present urgency is to recover a sense of the primacy of the Universe as our fundamental context, and the primacy of the Earth as the matrix from which life has emerged and on which life depends. Recovering this sense is essential to establishing the framework for mutually enhancing human-Earth relations for the flourishing of life on the planet.

Thomas Berry

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by Rob Brezsny on responsibility, empowerment, ecology, belonging, ownership, stewardship, and pronoia

Imagine that the whole world belongs to you.  The birch trees in New Hampshire's White Mountains are yours, and so are the cirrus clouds in the western sky at dusk and the black sand on the beaches of Hawaii's big island.  You own everything, my dear sovereign - the paintings in all the museums of the world, as well as the internet and the wild horses and the roads.

Please take good care of it all, OK?  Be an enlightened monarch who treats your domain with reverent responsibility.  And make sure you also enjoy the full measure of fun that comes with such mastery.  Glide through life as if all of creation is yearning to honor and entertain you.

Rob Brezsny

Source: Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia: How the Whole World Is Conspiring to Shower You with Blessings, Pages: 277

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings on earth, ecology, gaia, and ownership

The earth may be borrowed but not bought. It may be used but not owned. We are the tenants and not possessors, lovers and not masters. The Earth belongs to the wind and the rain, to the sun and all seasons, to the cosmic secrecy of seed, and beyond all, to time.

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Contributed by: David

A Quote by Michael Pollan on gardeners, weeds, environment, ecology, dualism, and dichotomy

For though we may be the Earth's gardeners, we are also its weeds.  And we won't get anywhere until we come to terms with this crucial ambiguity about our role - that we are at once the problem and the only possible solution to the problem.

Michael Pollan

Source: Second Nature: A Gardener's Education, Pages: 115

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Christie Matheson on sustainability, green, ecology, and eco-friendly

I am not a veteran environmentalist. I don't live in a house made of recycled tires, I've never handcuffed myself to a tree, and I don't grow my own organic rutabaga.

Christie Matheson

Source: Green Chic: Saving the Earth in Style, Pages: xvi

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Nassim Nicholas Taleb on complexity, environment, and ecology

Don’t disturb complicated systems that have been around for a very long time. We don’t understand their logic. Don’t pollute the planet. Leave it the way we found it, regardless of scientific ‘evidence’.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Source: Nassim Nicholas Taleb: the prophet of boom and doom: http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/economics/article4022091.ece

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by William McDonough on waste, design, production, and ecology

Waste equals food, whether it's food for the earth, or for a closed industrial cycle. We manufacture products that go from cradle to grave. We want to manufacture them from cradle to cradle.

William McDonough

Source: Metropolis Mag: Think Green: http://www.metropolismag.com/html/content_0801/mcd/index.html

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by R. Buckminster Fuller on humanity, cooperation, and ecology

(His Vision) To make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.

R. Buckminster Fuller (1895 - 1983)

Contributed by: Mary_C

A Quote by William McDonough on design, goals, ecology, and sustainability

...you have to design with positive principles and positive goals. Modern industrial culture doesn’t seem to have principles, except something like: “If brute force isn’t working, you are not using enough of it.” While its goals are unclear, its de facto goal appears to be to create ecological and human tragedy. If you play a game, you have to have a clear goal; in chess, you’re going to take a king. So we have an end game in mind because without this strategy becomes meaningless. What we seek is a delightfully diverse, safe, healthy and just world, with clean water, air, soil and power, that is economically, equitably, ecologically, and elegantly enjoyed.

William McDonough

Source: William Mcdonough interview: http://www.massivechange.com/2006/08/07/william-mcdonough-interview-march-23-2004/

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

Syndicate content