is that range of biodiversity that we must care for - the
whole thing - rather than just one or two stars.
-- David Attenborough
are committed with our lives to building a different
model and a different future for humanity, the Earth,
and other species. We have envisaged a moral alternative
to economic globalization and we will not rest until
we see it realized.
piecemeal solution is going to prevent the collapse
of whole societies and ecosystems ... a radical re-thinking
of our values, priorities and political systems is
find ourselves ethically destitute just when, for
the first time, we are faced with ultimacy, the irreversible
closing down of the earth's functioning in its major
life systems. Our ethical traditions know how to deal
with suicide, homicide and even genocide, but these
traditions collapse entirely when confronted with
biocide, the killing of the life systems of the earth,
and geocide, the devastation of the earth itself."
one [of the Earth's 5 million invertebrate species] plays
a role in its ecosystem. It's like we're tearing the cogs
out of a great machine. The machine might work after you
tear out ten cogs, but what happens when you tear out a
— Scott Black
Are we to regard the world of nature simply as a storehouse
to be robbed for the immediate benefit of man?
With laissez-faire and price atomic,
But with another kind of logic
number of people displaced by dams is estimated at between
40 million and 80 million, most of them in China and India.
The costs of dams were on average 50% above their original
estimate. Some designed to reduce flooding made it worse,
and there were many unexpected environmental disadvantages,
including the extinction of fish and bird species. Half
the world's wetlands had been lost because of dams.
-- Paul Brown
diverse ecosystem will also be resilient, because
it contains many species with overlapping ecological
functions that can partially replace one another.
When a particular species is destroyed by a severe
disturbance so that a link in the network is broken,
a diverse community will be able to survive and reorganize
itself... In other words, the more complex the network
is, the more complex its pattern of interconnections,
the more resilient it will be.
is something fundamentally wrong with treating the
earth as if it were a business in liquidation."
I was very young, biology, the diversity of life,
was one of my main interests. I know there's this
image people have that I'm this spoiled, cocky punk
of an actor. Honestly, that's not who I am. I really
care that so many species have been wiped out, like
genocide of entire races. I believe in the divine
right of all species to survive on this planet. So
I decided I want to be active as an environmentalist.
I learned. I asked experts. I got active.
nation’s biological diversity has great economic, aesthetic,
and spiritual value.”
-- Ecological Society of America
know we must protect species because they are working
parts of our life-support system.
is the greatest treasure we have... Its diminishment is
to be prevented at all cost.
- Thomas Eisner
consider species to be like a brick in the foundation
of a building. You can probably lose one or two or a dozen
bricks and still have a standing house. But by the time
you've lost 20 per cent of species, you're going to destabilize
the entire structure. That's the way ecosystems work."
- Donald Falk
we protect the places where the processes of life
can flourish, we strengthen not only the future
of medicine, agriculture and industry, but also
the essential conditions for peace and prosperity."
health relies entirely on the vitality of our fellow
species on Earth."
custodians of the planet it is our responsibility
to deal with all species with kindness, love and compassion.
That these animals suffer through human cruelty is
beyond understanding. Please help to stop this madness.
cannot win this battle to save species and environments
without forging an emotional bond between ourselves and
nature as well - for we will not fight to save what we
do not love."
~ Stephen Jay Gould
"For if one link in nature's chain might be lost,
another might be lost, until the whole of things
will vanish by piecemeal."
an extraordinary time to be alive. We’re the first
people on our planet to have real choice: we can continue
killing each other, wiping out other species, spoiling
our nest. Yet on every continent a revolution in human
dignity is emerging. It is re-knitting community and
our ties to the earth. So we do have a choice. We
can choose death; or we can choose life."
the area of species protection, we should concern
ourselves with what is right as opposed to what
might be easier, or popular in the short term."
the next annihilation of vast numbers of species.
It is happening now, and we, the human race, are
has ceased to be that delicate flower which was preserved
and painstakingly cultivated in one or two sheltered areas
of a soil rich in wild species ... Mankind has opted for
monoculture; it is in the process of creating a mass civilization,
as beetroot is grown in the mass. Henceforth, man's daily
bill of fare will consist only of this one item.
-- Claude Levi-Strauss
despite our many advances, our environment is still threatened
by a range of problems, including global climate change,
energy dependence on unsustainable fossil fuels, and loss
-- Dan Lipinski
species are the library from which genetic engineers can
- Thomas E. Lovejoy
should not be believed that all beings exist for the sake
of the existence of man. On the contrary, all the other
beings too have been intended for their own sakes and
not for the sake of something else."
medical argument for animal testing doesn't stand
up. Even if it did, I don't think we should kill other
species. We think we're so much better; I'm not sure
we are. I tell people, We've beaten into submission
every animal on the face of the Earth, so we are the
clear winners of whatever battle is going on between
the species. Couldn't we be generous? I really do
think it's time to get nice. No need to keep beating
up on them. I think we've got to show that we're kind.
little wilderness remains displays the patterns
we must return to, if our species and as many others
as now remain are to persist here a while. Ideally
this would call for a broad cultural rapprochment
with the wild, a long overdue armistice in civilization’s
war upon it.
share this planet with many species. It is our responsibility
to protect them, both for their sakes and our own.
- Pamela A. Matson
time we lose a species webreak a life chain which has
evolved over 3.5 billion years.
-- Jeffrey McNeely
beings—are part of 'biodiversity.' We are dependent on
the whole food chain down below us."
— Darrell Merrell
is our nation's natural wealth. The Endangered Species
Act safeguards these riches.
- Judy L. Meyer
are into the opening stages of a human-caused biotic holocaust--a
wholesale elimination of species--that could leave the
planet impoverished for at least five million years."
-- Norman Myers
knowing it, we utilize hundreds of products each day that
owe their origin to wild animals and plants. Indeed our
welfare is intimately tied up with the welfare of wildlife.
Well may conservationists proclaim that by saving the
lives of wild species, we may be saving our own."
- Norman Myers
current massive degradation of habitat and extinction
of species is taking place on a catastrophically short
timescale, and their effects will fundamentally reset
the future evolution of the planet's biota."
-- National Academy of Sciences
develop our beautiful planet in such a way that
we brush aside the species… we risk creating a wasteland,
where our aspirations will ultimately wither and
Noor of Jordan
value of biodiversity is more than the sum of its parts."
- Byran G. Norton
Trek was an attempt to say that humanity will reach maturity
and wisdom on the day that it begins not just to tolerate,
but take a special delight in differences in ideas and differences
in life forms. […] If we cannot learn to actually enjoy
those small differences, to take a positive delight in those
small differences between our own kind, here on this planet,
then we do not deserve to go out into space and meet the
diversity that is almost certainly out there.
~ Gene Roddenberry
I hear of the destruction of a species, I feel just
as if all the works of some great writer have perished."
diversity is being lost at a rate unequalled since the appearance
of modern ecosystems more than 40 million years ago. A quarter
of all mammals are threatened with extinction and nearly
70% of the world’s fish stocks are fully exploited, overexploited
-- Royal Society
species on our planet plays a role in the healthy functioning
of natural ecosystems, on which humans depend.
- William H. Schlesinger
is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were
gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit.
For whatever happens to the beasts, soon happens to
man. All things are connected."
bulldozer and not the atomic bomb may turn out to be the
most destructive invention of the 20th century."
- Philip Shabecoff
primary threat to nature and people today comes from
centralising and monopolising power and control. Not
until diversity is made the logic of production will
there be a chance for sustainability, justice and
peace. Cultivating and conserving diversity is no
luxury in our times: it is a survival imperative."
is not nature's way; diversity is nature's way.
people are helping to make the world a better place,
but humanity as a whole is making it difficult for
other living creatures that share our planet to survive.
is the nature of a species that knowingly and without good
reason exterminates another?"
- George Small
species become extinct, no corrective legislation can bring
them back—they are gone forever.
- Allen M. Solomon
moral and ethical responsibility is to protect other species
in the spirit of husbandry rather than destroy them in and
attitude of conquest."
~ Charles Southwick
will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the
remaining wilderness be destroyed; if we permit the last
virgin forests to be turned into comic books and plastic
cigarette cases; if we drive the few remaining members of
the wild species into zoos or to extinction; if we pollute
the last clear air and dirty the last clean streams and
push our paved roads through the last of the silence, so
that never again will Americans be free in their own country
from the noise, the exhausts, the stinks of human and automotive
if we act immediately, the world is doomed to lose many
of its animal and plant species and this inturn will reduce
the ability of ecosystems to deliver vital services to human
populations. The Red List gives all of us a practical tool
for raising awareness of the biodiversity crisis and for
forging new partnerships within the international community.
-- Achim Steiner, IUCN Director General
than 5,500 large dams impede America's running waters, leaving
less than 2 percent of the country's 3.1 million miles of
rivers and streams flowing free. In the wake of these river
alterations trails a record list of endangered aquatic species.
Two of every three freshwater mussel species are heading
for extinction, or are already there; half of all crayfish
species are imperiled; more than a third of the country's
freshwater fish are in trouble -- 17 of them missing outright.
-- William Stolzenburg
who wish to pet and baby wildlife love them, but those who
respect their natures and wish to let them live their natural
lives, love them more."
- Edwin Way Teale
effects of human activities on biodiversity have increased
so greatly that the rate of species extinctions is rising
to hundreds or thousands of times the background level."
-- United Nations Earth Watch (UNEP)
habitat, there is no wildlife. It's that simple."
- Wildlife Habitat Canada
Armageddon is approaching at the beginning of the third
millennium. But it is not the cosmic war and fiery collapse
of mankind foretold in sacred scripture. It is the wreckage
of the planet by an exuberantly plentiful and ingenious
-- E. O. Wilson
We should preserve every scrap of biodiversity as priceless
while we learn to use it and come to understand what it
means to humanity.
-- E. O. Wilson
genetic resources are seldom 'raw materials'; they
are the expression of the current wisdom of farmers
who have played a highly significant role in the building
up of the world's genetic resource base... As is already
happening in my country, farmers and national genebanks
in developing countries can work together to preserve
and expand crop genetic diversity on behalf of all
world is currently undergoing a very rapid loss of biodiversity
comparable with the great mass extinction events that have
previously occurred only five or six times in the Earth's
-- World Wildlife Fund