sustainability

A Quote by Ray Anderson on sustainability, conscious business, conscious capitalism, and business

I always make the business case for sustainability. It’s so compelling. Our costs are down, not up. Our products are the best they have ever been. Our people are motivated by a shared higher purpose — esprit de corps to die for. And the goodwill in the marketplace — it’s just been astonishing.

Ray Anderson

Source: NYTimes: Ray Anderson: Executive on a Mission: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/22/science/earth/22ander.html

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A Quote by Richard Branson on global warming, sustainability, alternative energy, conscious business, and conscious capitalism

I used to be skeptical of global warming, but now I'm absolutely convinced that the world is spiraling out of control. CO2 is like a bushfire that gets bigger and bigger every year.

All of us who are in a position to do something about it must do something about it. Because Virgin is involved with planes and trains, we have even more responsibility. So we've put aside quite a lot of money to invest in alternative fuels. Over the next four years, we'll invest something like $1 billion in alternative fuels.

The money is going into a whole series of different things like building ethanol plants. We're looking into wind power. We're looking into solar. And we're also actually working on developing a new kind of fuel, which I can't say much about but which is quite exciting.

Richard Branson

Source: Business 2.0: Branson's Next Big Bet: http://money.cnn.com/magazines/business2/business2_archive/2006/08/01/8382250/

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A Quote by Tex Gunning on sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and business

If a few of us can prove that it makes good business sense not just to be socially responsible but to make a serious social mission intrinsic to one's business, then this is going to be written about, studied, and publicized. Because nothing is transferred faster than a success story in business. So I am very optimistic that if a few businesses can set an example here, we can make a tipping point out of it.

Tex Gunning

Source: WIE: Interview with Tex Gunning: http://www.wie.org/j28/gunning.asp?page=2

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A Quote by e.f schumacher on community, economics, sustainability, and appropriate technology

What is the meaning of democracy, freedom, human dignity, standard of living, self-realisation, fulfillment? Is it a matter of goods, or of people? Of course it is a matter of people. But people can be themselves only in small comprehensible groups. Therefore we must learn to think in terms of an articulated structure that can cope with the multiplicity of small-scale units. If economic thinking cannot grasp this it is useless. If it cannot go beyond its vast abstractions, the national income, the rate of growth, capital/output ratio, input-output analysis, labour mobility, capital acuumulation; if it cannot get beyond all this and make contact with the human realities of poverty, frustration, alienation, despair, breakdown, crime, escapism, stress, congestion, ugliness, and spiritual death, then let us scrap economics and start afresh.
Are there not indeed enough "signs of the times" to indicate that a new start is needed?

e.f schumacher

Source: Small is Beautiful

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A Quote by Herman Daly on sustainability, economy, and environment

The economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment, not the reverse.

Herman Daly

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A Quote by Dalai Lama on dalai lama, vegetarian, humans, life, compassion, conscioussness, earth, sustainability, love, hope, and thoughtfulness

In order to satisfy one human stomach, so many lives are taken away. We must promote vegetarianism. It is extremely important.

Dalai Lama

Source: Live in a Better Way: Reflections on Truth, Love and Happiness (pg 68)

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A Quote by Kenneth Mason on sustainability, business, and purpose

Making a profit is no more the purpose of a corporation than getting enough to eat is the purpose of life. Getting enough to eat is a requirement of life; life's purpose, one would hope, is somewhat broader and more challenging. Likewise with business and profit.

Kenneth Mason

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A Quote by John Naisbitt on climate change, global warming, environment, and sustainability

THE DILEMMA OF THE NONEXPERT

Who and what are we to believe? Where to begin? Read a significant number of the 963 books on global warming listed on Amazon.com, and, to keep in the balance, read from the 1,054 books (July 2006) on global cooling and the coming ice age?

Amid all the conflicting claims and advice, it is sometimes difficult to know whom to believe about the environment, I cannot stop my life the next 2 to 10 years to become an expert on the environment or sustainability. Nor can any of us. I can only use my experience and best judgment.

The debate is exacerbated by the superior tone of those who are so sure about global warming. Global warming has become a religion, and those who don't buy into its gloom and doom scenarios are infidels who must be banished from any public forum.

I believe the environment must be protected and that regulations is often necessary. No matter who is right about the environment and sustainability, I support attending to the environment because the remedies are so attractive. I want a clean air and clean water for everybody. I vote for nature. But exaggerating problems without any real idea of the score of the game distorts society's priorities and makes it hard for citizens and leaders to make the best decisions.

John Naisbitt

Source: Mind Set!: Reset Your Thinking and See the Future, Pages: 27-28

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A Quote by Fritjof Capra on life, nature, sustainability, and earth

We do not need to invent sustainable human communities. We can learn from societies that have lived sustainably for centuries. We can also model communities after nature's ecosystems, which are sustainable communities of plants, animals, and microorganisms. Since the outstanding characteristic of the biosphere is its inherent ability to sustain life, a sustainable human community must be designed in such a manner that its technologies and social institutions honor, support, and cooperate with nature's inherent ability to sustain life.

Fritjof Capra

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