"The human need for nature
is linked not just to the material exploitation of the environment
but also to the influence of the natural world on our emotional,
cognitive, aesthetic, and even spiritual development."
|| - Edward
Harvard University Pulitzer Prize Recipient (To the American
Psychological Association National Convention)
"It is quite clear to
me after several years in the environmental movement that all
physical problems of man's impact on the environment - pollution
of the air and waters, the desecration of the land, the contamination
of the food chain - all start within the environment of man's
Founder: the United Nations Environment Program
Co-Chair: U.N. Commission on Global Governance
must be to free ourselves from (our) prison by widening our circles
of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of
nature in its beauty."
...- Albert Einstein
"In order to achieve more
effective environmental protection and conservation, internal
balance within the human being himself or herself is essential."
...- Dalai Lama
...Nobel Prize recipient
"Until mankind can extend the circle
of his compassion to include all living things, he will never,
himself, know peace."
...Nobel Prize recipient
"Wilderness is the ultimate
encyclopedia, holding answers to more questions than we have
yet learned how to ask. That's the magic in you. You've
got it; let it out."
...- David Brower
"We have repressed far
more than our sexuality: our very organic nature is now unconscious
to most of us, most of the time, and we have become shrunken
into two dimensional social or cultural beings, aware of only
five of the hundreds of senses that link us to the rich biological
nature that underlies and nourishes these more symbolic and recent
aspects of ourselves.".
...- Norman 0. Brown
...Author of Love's Body
"We are dysfunctional
socially and environmentally because we are cut off and isolated
from the world of nature and the natural."
...Vice-President, United States
"The "Great Nest
of Spirit" includes matter, nature, body, mind, soul, and
spirit, yet they're always situated in the context of the four
quadrants (or nature, systems, self and culture) and they are
all correlated with one another."
...Brad Reynolds explaining the work of Ken Wilbur, the "Einstein
"Nurture your felt love
for nature. Never deny it. That love is nature's voice, our origins
in nature, the eons, the purifying intelligence, beauty and diversity
of natural systems sustaining us in their perfection and wellness."
...-from The Web
of Life Imperative
"He looked upon us as
sophisticated children -- smart but not wise. We knew many things,
and much that is false. He knew nature, which is always true."
...-Saxton T. Pope (said of Ishi, America's ...last hunter-gather Native American)
"Over the years, I've
spent a lot of time fighting. Fighting against logging, pollution,
nuclear power...as long as we fight all the time there's going
to be a winner and a loser...(we must) build bridges across to
the people who are fighting."
...- David Suzuki
"Our religion keeps reminding
us that we aren't just will and thoughts. We're also sand and
wind and thunder and rain and the seasons. All those things.
You learn to respect everything because you are everything. If
you respect yourself, you respect all things."
...- Least Heat Moon