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A Quote by Van Jones on society, culture, change, environment, green, perception, and shift

We need a much deeper understanding of exactly what it is our industrial society, in its present creation, is jeopardizing. We need a more profound perception of what is at stake.

Van Jones

Source: The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by Van Jones on change, economy, green, environment, affluence, democracy, and laws

To change our laws and culture, the green movement must attract and include the majority of all people, not just the majority of affluent people.

Van Jones

Source: The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by Van Jones on environment, green, environmentalism, and earth

The time has come to move beyond eco-elitism to eco-populism.

Van Jones

Source: The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by Van Jones on green, environment, economy, machines, and work

A green economy begins to replace some of the clunking and chugging of ugly machines with the wise effort of beautiful, skilled people. That means more jobs.

Van Jones

Source: The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by Earon on sustainability, green, environment, change, hope, intelligence, human, and divine primates

If the hole we've dug ourselves into is consumerism, it doesn't particularly help that your shovel is a fashionable shade of green.

Earon Davis

Source: Earon's writings

Contributed by: Earon

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 Fritjof Capra on ecological cycles, carbon dioxide, organic compounds, plants, green, photosynthesis, and respiration

Dissipative Structures - Chapter 8 – excerpt from page 178Green plants play a vital role in the flow of energy through all ecological cycles. Their roots take in water and mineral salts from the earth, and the resulting juices rise up to the to the leaves, where they combine with carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air to form sugars and other organic compounds. (These include cellulose, the main structural element of cell walls.) In this marvelous process, known as photosynthesis, solar energy is converted into chemical energy and bound in the organic substances, while oxygen is released into the air to be taken up again by other plants, and by animals, in the process of respiration.

By blending water and minerals from below with sunlight and CO2 from above, green plants link the earth to the sky. We tend to believe that plants grow out of the soil, but in fact most of their substance comes from the air. The bulk of the cellulose and the other organic compounds produced through photosynthesis consists of heavy carbon and oxygen atoms, which plants take directly from the air in the form of CO2. Thus the weight of a wooden log comes almost entirely from the air. When we burn a log in a fireplace, oxygen and carbon combine once more into CO2, and in the light and heat of the fire we recover part of the solar energy that went into making the wood.

Fritjof Capra

Source: The Web of Life: A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems, Pages: 178

Contributed by: Hannes

A Quote by Ray Anderson on status quoe, ethics, business, green, conscious business, conscious capitalism, and environment

The status quo is a product of our culture or our culture is a product of the status quo -- I’m sure which is the effect and which is the product -- there is probably a feedback loop there that is mutually reinforcing. But we have a culture that says "hey, look around. This place called Earth was created for you and you can do anything you want with it."

And of course we know that is flawed. We belong to it, it doesn’t belong to us. It’s a flawed world view. You see evidence of it all around us -- this idea that resources are limitless and we will never run out. Or that we can put anything we want to into the earth, throw poison into the sink. It’s very adolescent thinking. But yet there is a growing sense of ethics. We see a clear cutting in an old growth forest we say "that’s wrong." We see fish that are deformed from PCBs and we know that it’s wrong. We are waking up to the environmental ethics of living in paradise.

Ray Anderson

Source: Ray Anderson on conquering Mount Sustainability: http://www.greenlivingonline.com/Business/ray-anderson-conquering-mount-sustainability-and-inspiring-us-along-the-way/

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Ray Anderson on bottom line, business, conscious business, conscious capitalism, honesty, sustainability, green, and environment

We need an honest bottom line. Today that bottom line is vastly subsidized. If anyone of us were paying the full cost of oil our bottom lines would be very different. If you internalize the cost of oil, look at the cost of the war in the Middle East or the cost of global warming for future generations, if you internalize those external costs and what you pay, that bottom line would look very different, what ever business you are in. If we somehow put a value on species extinction and factor that into our costs that bottom line would look very different. IF we put any resource depletion into costs our bottom line would change. So what we have is a dishonest market that does not take into account all the costs when it establishes its prices. We need an honest marketplace before we can let the market work for sustainability rather than against it as it works today.

Ray Anderson

Source: Ray Anderson on conquering Mount Sustainability: http://www.greenlivingonline.com/Business/ray-anderson-conquering-mount-sustainability-and-inspiring-us-along-the-way/

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Ray Anderson on environment, green, environmentalism, ethics, and progress

So, this thing called environmentalism is not new and not left-wing whacko. It dates from way back. Though religious conservatives prefer to call it “creation care”, it’s the same thing. It is an apolitical extension of a very long-term progression in the definition of what’s the right thing to do. Progress may occur in fits and starts with occasional setbacks, but the direction in environmental ethics is well established. There is an inevitability that goes hand-in-glove with the maturing of a species – a growing sense of right and wrong, extending to all of creation, including one of humankind’s most pervasive inventions: the industrial system and its built environment.

Ray Anderson

Source: GNH 2: Ray Anderson Keynote: http://gpiatlantic.org/conference/proceedings/anderson.htm

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

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