Archive for the ‘eco quotes’ Category

zero waste, a girl can dream

September 30, 2008

If it can’t be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled or composted, then it should be restricted, redesigned or removed from production.

Pete Seeger

from “If It Can’t Be Reduced”
off his new album “At 89
taken verbatim from a
Berkeley, CA city council resolution

a message

September 9, 2008

[My friend Anne took this last week when we were in the park.]

mother knows best…

July 27, 2008

We sometimes feel that what we do is just a
drop in the ocean, but the ocean would be less
because of that missing drop.

~ Mother Theresa

the key to sustainable living, simply stated

July 20, 2008

It starts very simply. Just take a little time to learn more about the consequences of the small choices you make each day. Think about what you wear. Where did it come from? Could you walk or bicycle or take public transport instead of driving? Stop wasting water and don’t take it for granted. Don’t leave the lights on. Consider what you eat. Where did your food come from? Does it cause huge suffering to animals? Was it the result of child labor? Did it travel far to get to you? Start caring — and start thinking.

— Jane Goodall in an interview in Body + Soul Magazine

go arnie!

July 15, 2008

Who would have thought that the muscly star of film classics such as “Conan the Barbarian” and “Kindergarten Cop” would have said this about the state of energy in this country? Governator, I applaud you.

SCHWARZENEGGER: (I)t just really means basically this administration did not believe in global warming, or they did not believe that they should do anything about it since China is not doing anything about it and since India is not willing to do the same thing, so why should we do the same thing?

But that’s not how we put a man on the moon. We did not say let everyone else do the same thing, then we will do it. We said we want to be the pioneers, we want to be out there in front. [snip]

Anyone that tells you that drilling, nuclear power, alternative fuels, fuel cells, solar, all of those things will bring down the price right now, I think is pulling wool over your eyes, because we know that all of those would take at least 10 years.

But that should not mean that we should not do those things, because here is the important thing. What’s the biggest problem in America? It’s not that we don’t have any ideas. It’s just that we are not consistent, that we have Jimmy Carter in the late ’70s that came in with a great energy policy, talked about shale oil exploration, giving tax credits for people that were investing in windmills and in solar and all of those things.

Then President Reagan came in and scrapped the whole thing, because the oil price came down and says, “Well, this doesn’t make any sense financially.”

There were many countries all over the world that stayed with the program, that said, “We are going to continue,” even thought the oil price comes down. In Germany with solar, for 30 years they’ve been working on that, and they’re now number one in solar, number one.

I think that’s what we need to do. We need to stay the course.

[George Stephanopolous via Crooks and Liars]