From time to time we like to throw up some notable “green-related” quotes. Here are a few more.
There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew.
- Marshall McLuhan, 1964
Oh Beautiful for smoggy skies, insecticided grain,
For strip-mined mountain’s majesty above the asphalt plain.
America, America, man sheds his waste on thee,
And hides the pines with billboard signs, from sea to oily sea.
- George Carlin
We could have saved the Earth but we were too damned cheap.
- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.
- John Muir
“So can we really make meaningful progress by telling people specifically what will or will not be permitted? Econ 101 tells us — probably correctly — that the only way to get people to change their behavior appropriately is to put a price on emissions so this cost in turn gets incorporated into everything else in a way that reflects ultimate environmental impacts.
When shoppers go to the grocery store, for example, they will find that fruits and vegetables from farther away have higher prices than local produce, reflecting in part the cost of emission licenses or taxes paid to ship that produce. When businesses decide how much to spend on insulation, they will take into account the costs of heating and air-conditioning that include the price of emissions licenses or taxes for electricity generation. When electric utilities have to choose among energy sources, they will have to take into account the higher license fees or taxes associated with fossil-fuel consumption. And so on down the line. A market-based system would create decentralized incentives to do the right thing, and that’s the only way it can be done.”
- Paul Krugman, New York Times Magazine April 11, 2010
We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.
- Albert Einstein