What made traditional economies so radically different
and so very fundamentally dangerous to Western economies
were the traditional principles of prosperity of Creation
versus scarcity of resources, of sharing and distribution
versus accumulation and greed, of kinship usage rights
versus individual exclusive ownership rights, and
of sustainability versus growth.
of the wars and conflicts of the past and present
were fought over land and resources, but many have
been over religious differences. In this past century,
a global interfaith movement has been growing, helping
to raise consciousness about the need for tolerance
and understanding between different cultures and religions.
This movement has helped highlight the common goals
that most religions share, such as the Golden Rule,
which is at the heart of nearly all religious traditions.
At the same time, many throughout the world are discovering
that 'spirituality' -- a deep connection to a greater
purpose for humanity -- is an important driving force
in their lives, even if they aren't religious.
-- Robert Alan Silverstein
Let us be good stewards of the Earth we inherited.
All of us have to share the Earth's fragile ecosystems
and precious resources, and each of us has a role
to play in preserving them. If we are to go on living
together on this earth, we must all be responsible
for it. ~ Kofi
national competition over water resources has prompted
fears that water issues contain the seeds of violent
conflict. -- Kofi
There are genuinely sufficient resources in the world
to ensure that no one, nowhere, at no time, should
The fact is that there is enough food in the world
for everyone. But tragically, much of the world's
food and land resources are tied up in producing beef
and other livestock--food for the well off--while
millions of children and adults suffer from malnutrition
American fast food diet and the meat eating habits
of the wealthy around the world support a world food
system that diverts food resources from the hungry.
A diet higher in whole grains and legumes and lower
in beef and other meat is not just healthier for ourselves
but also contributes to changing the world system
that feeds some people and leaves others hungry.
is time for us to focus on the issues that bring us
together as a nation. Supporting parents' capacity
to raise their children with the love and resources
they need is simply the right thing to do.
has been incurably growth-oriented and addicted to
everybody growing richer, even at the cost of exhaustion
of resources and pollution of the environment.
an age when man has forgotten his origins and is
blind even to his most essential needs for survival,
water along with other resources has become the
victim of his indifference."
"Solid wastes" are the discarded leftovers of our
advanced consumer society. This growing mountain of
garbage and trash represents not only an attitude
of indifference toward valuable natural resources,
but also a serious economic and public health problem.
simply must balance our demand for energy with our
rapidly shrinking resources. By acting now we can
control our future instead of letting the future control
us. ~ Jimmy
this generation, ours, life is nuclear survival, liberty
is human rights, the pursuit of happiness is a planet
whose resources are devoted to the physical and spiritual
nourishment of its inhabitants. ~ Jimmy
public resources go to the rich. The poor, if they
can survive in the labor market, fine. Otherwise,
they die. That's economics in a nutshell.
any institution-factory, university, health center,
or whatever-there are a variety of interests that
ought to be represented in decision-making: the work
force itself, the community in which it is located,
users of its products or services, institutions that
compete for the same resources. These interests should
be directly represented in democratic structures that
displace and eliminate private ownership of the means
of production or resources, an anachronism with no
legitimacy. -- Noam
our modern world should be able to recapture this power,
the earth's natural resources and web of life would
not be irrevocably wasted within the Twentieth century…..True
democracy founded in neighborhoods and reaching over
the world become the realized heaven on earth. And living
peace, not just an interlude between wars, would be
born and would last through the ages."
-- John Collier
We must alert and organise the world's people to pressure
world leaders to take specific steps to solve the
two root causes of our environmental crises - exploding
population growth and wasteful consumption of irreplaceable
resources. Overconsumption and overpopulation underlie
every environmental problem we face today.
believe that to meet the challenge of our times, human
beings will have to develop a greater sense of universal
responsibility. We must all learn to work not just for
our own self, family, or nation but for the benefit
of all humankind. Universal responsibility is the key
to human survival. It is the best foundation for world
peace, the equitable use of natural resources, and through
concern for future generations, the proper care of the
There's an aspect of human nature in which we want
to think we're better than somebody else. They're
a different color. They speak a different language.
They have a different name for the Creator. Whatever
it is, that makes it okay for me to hate them, to
try to get some of their land or some of their resources.
oil-based society depends on non-renewable resources.
It requires relentless probing into vast reaches of
pristine land, sacrificing vital bioregions, and irreplaceable
cultures. The possibility of catastrophic climate
change is substantially increased by the 40 million
barrels of oil burned every day by vehicles. We must
all move shoulder to shoulder in a unified front to
show this administration that the true majority of
people are willing to vote for a cleaner environment
and won't back down.
We are all together in this, we are all together in
this single living ecosystem called planet earth.
As we learn how we fit into the greater scheme of
things, and begin to understand how the system works,
we can plan ahead, we can use the resources responsibly,
to show some respect for this inheritance that goes
back 4.6 billion years.
natural resources are finite, increased consumption
must inevitably lead to depletion and scarcity."
earth will continue to regenerate its life sources only
as long as we and all the peoples of the world do our
part to conserve its natural resources. It is a responsibility
which every human being shares. Through voluntary action,
each of us can join in building a productive land in
harmony with nature."
~ Gerald Ford
Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not
harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we've
been ignorant of their value.
has the technology and resources to meet all its energy
needs while safeguarding the earth's climate. The
urgent question now is, 'Do we have the will?' At
least one city does, and I'm proud to live in it."
have come to terms with the future. From this day
onward I will walk easy on the earth.
Plant trees. Kill no living things. Live in harmony
with all creatures.
I will restore the earth where I am. Use no more of
its resources than I need.
And listen, listen to what it is telling me.
-- M.J. Slim Hooey
is evident that the fortunes of the world's human
population, for better or for worse, are inextricably
interrelated with the use that is made of energy resources.
-- M. King Hubbert
have stolen the public lands. They have grasped all
to themselves, and by their unprincipled greed brought
a crisis of unparalleled distress on forty millions
of people, who have natural resources to feed, clothe
and shelter the whole human race.
-- Denis Kearney
look forward confidently to the day when all who work
for a living will be one with no thought to their
separateness as Negroes, Jews, Italians or any other
distinctions. This will be the day when we bring into
full realization the American dream -- a dream yet
unfulfilled. A dream of equality of opportunity, of
privilege and property widely distributed; a dream
of a land where men will not take necessities from
the many to give luxuries to the few; a dream of a
land where men will not argue that the color of a
man's skin determines the content of his character;
a dream of a nation where all our gifts and resources
are held not for ourselves alone, but as instruments
of service for the rest of humanity; the dream of
a country where every man will respect the dignity
and worth of the human personality.
Luther King, Jr
once we concede that people do care about status,
it necessarily follows that the status competition
that makes people buy expensive consumer goods in
order to impress other people constitutes a failure
of the market economy - a failure as real as traffic
congestion, or pollution, or any other activity in
which the individual pursuit of self-interest leads
to a collectively bad outcome. Suppose that we could
somehow agree to stop competing over who has the fanciest
car; everyone could then work a bit less, spend more
time with their families, and raise the sum total
of human happiness. Or to put it a bit differently,
Americans (or at least the top few percent of the
income distribution) have gotten into a sort of arms
race of conspicuous consumption that, like most arms
races, consumes huge quantities of resources yet in
the end changes little. "
achieve true sustainability, we must reduce our 'garbage
index" - that which we permanently throw away into
the environment that will not be naturally recycled
for reuse - to near zero. Productive activities must
be organized as closed systems. Minerals and other
nonbiodegradable resources, once taken from the ground,
must become a part of society's permanent capital
stock and be recycled in perpetuity. Organic materials
may be disposed into the natural ecosystems, but only
in ways that assure that they are absorbed back into
the natural production system.
entrepreneurship needs to become a mass activity,
not just the domain of inspirational mavericks
... Entrepreneurship usually comes from teams,
not heroic individuals. Social entrepreneurs thrive
on interdependence, learning and borrowing resources
from the public and private sectors.”
-- Charles Leadbeater
when you have bad governance, of course, these resources
are destroyed: The forests are deforested, there is
illegal logging, there is soil erosion. I got pulled
deeper and deeper and saw how these issues become
linked to governance, to corruption, to dictatorship.
are living beyond our means. As a people we have developed
a life-style that is draining the earth of its priceless
and irreplaceable resources without regard for the
future of our children and people all around the world.
are privileged to have the opportunity of contributing
to the achievement of the goal of the abolition of war
and its replacement by world law. I am confident that
we shall succeed in this great task; that the world
community will thereby be freed not only from the suffering
caused by war but also through the better use of the
earth's resources, of the discoveries of scientists,
and of the efforts of mankind, from hunger, disease,
illiteracy, and fear; and that we shall in the course
of time be enabled to build a world characterized by
economic, political, and social justice for all human
beings and a culture worthy of man's intelligence.
I propose that there is another kind of power based
not on resources, things, or attributes, but rooted
in the social and cooperative relations in which people
are enmeshed by virtue of group life.
think the environment should be put in the category
of our national security. Defense of our resources
is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise
what is there to defend? ~ Robert
poisoned the air, the water, and the land. In our
passion to control nature, things have gone out of
control. Progress from now on has to mean something
different. We’re running out of resources and we are
running out of time." ~ Robert
is an efficiency parameter if we look at the whole global
civilization. It is not an efficient way of meeting
human needs if one billion people starve while another
billion have excess. It would be more efficient to distribute
resources so that at least vital needs were met everywhere.
Otherwise, for example, if kids are starving somewhere,
dad goes out to slash and burn the rain forest to feed
them -- and so would I if my kids were dying. And this
kind of destruction is everyone's problem, because we
live in the same ecosphere."
throwing out of balance of the resources of nature throws
out of balance also the lives of men.
there is any one duty which more than another we owe
it to our children and our children's children to
perform at once, it is to save the forests of this
country, for they constitute the first and most important
element in the conservation of the natural resources
of this country.
function of our Government is to insure to all its
citizens, now and hereafter, their rights to life,
liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. If we of this
generation destroy the resources from which our children
would otherwise derive their livelihood, we reduce
the capacity of our land to support a population,
and so either degrade the standard of living or deprive
the coming generations of their fight to life on this
waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and
exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase
its usefulness, will result in undermining in the
days of our children the very prosperity which we
ought by right to hand down to them amplified and
recognize the right and duty of this generation to
develop and use our natural resources, but I do not
recognize the right to waste them, or to rob by wasteful
use, the generations that come after us."
often does a good job supporting communities: the
arts, universities, and scientific enterprises...
But that philosophy has rarely reached poor countries.
Even businesses that are enlightened in their home
bases see Africa, Latin America, and parts of Asia
as places to exploit natural resources or use cheap
essence of Africa's crisis is fundamentally its extreme
poverty and therefore its inability to mobilize out
of its own resources even the barest of minimum resources
to address any of the public health crises that Africa
"With the help of folks like you and me, Heifer International
tackles the problem of hunger one family at a time
with gifts of renewable resources - farm animals that
are ongoing sources of food and income."
since I had my first child I have been passionate
in my commitment to preserve our precious resources
for my children and their children’s children. This
is the obligation of all of us visiting this planet
for a limited time.
is the most basic of all resources. Civilizations grew or
withered depending on its availability."
-- Dr. Nathan W. Snyder
share our abundance and make our country stronger. We
can encourage programs that collect and distribute excess
prepared food to local organizations that are helping
the hungry in our own communities. We can also support
programs that supply commodities to food banks. It's
all part of committing our country's wealth and resources
to end childhood hunger.
-- John Travolta
land ethic for tomorrow should be as honest as Thoreau's
Walden, and as comprehensive as the sensitive science
of ecology. It should stress the oneness of our resources
and the live-and-help-live logic of the great chain
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
capitalism is fair then unionism must be. If men
have a right to capitalize their ideas and the resources
of their country, then that implies the right of
men to capitalize their labor.