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"The problem of climate change is so large
that it can't be solved by voluntary individual
responses. It requires an economy-wide solution,
i.e. one that limits the total carbon intake of
~ Peter Barnes
“The climate challenge illustrates how we have
to change. The developing countries need more
support and opportunities to develop and use clean
energy. Because if the current situation continues,
then the world will not be able to handle this
-- Gro Harlem
has been endowed with reason, with the power to
create, so that he can add to what he's been given.
But up to now he hasn't been a creator, only a
destroyer. Forests keep disappearing, rivers dry
up, wild life's become extinct, the climate's
ruined and the land grows poorer and uglier every
~ Anton Chekhov
warming is a matter of national security. Will
we live in a world where we must fight our neighbors
for fresh water and food? Or will we take the
lead now and leave to our children and grandchildren
a world better off than the one we inherited from
– General Wesley Clark
Deeper than temperature and the extinction of
the polar bear is the idea that we all share this
beautiful, ailing planet, Democrats and Republicans
feel we are so blessed to live in a country where we
enjoy so many rights that other countries cannot even
begin to imagine. However, it terrifies me that we seem
to have lost touch with our connection to the earth.
I am concerned that we have risen to such heights of
arrogance in our refusal to acknowledge that our earth
is rapidly changing in ways that might affect us catastrophically
but instead, we hold steadfast to our belief that nothing
can happen to us as a people.
“Can we really be so uncaring as a country to
refuse to accept our responsibility for global
warming when the United States is the largest
contributor to this problem? It breaks my heart
to read everyday of another environmental law
that is being chipped away, eroded by this Administration,
and we’re not being provided with incentives by
Bush to cut back on our shameful waste of energy.
My husband, Bruce, wrote in one PSA that during
World War II the government asked everyone to
make sacrifices for the common good. We must demand
this of our Administration today for we all have
an obligation as citizens of this earth to leave
the world a healthier, cleaner, and better place
for our children and future generations.”
~ Blythe Danner
Our 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
~ Leonardo DiCaprio
should not be drilling for oil anywhere because
burning oil and coal and natural gas is what's
destroying our environment, our climate. And we
need the climate if we're going to eat.
-- Paul Ehrlich
"Climate change is not just another issue. It
is the issue that, unchecked, will swamp all other
issues. The only hope lies in all the countries
of the world coming together around a common global
project to rewire the world with clean energy.
This is a path to peace --- peace among people,
and peace between people and nature."
-- Ross Gelbspan
What happened to Haiti is a threat that could
happen anywhere in the Caribbean to these island
nations, you know, because of global warming,
because of climate change and all this.
-- Danny Glover
warnings about global warming have been extremely
clear for a long time. We are facing a global
climate crisis. It is deepening. We are entering
a period of consequences."
~ Al Gore
"The good news is, we have everything we need
now to respond to the challenge of global warming.
We have all the technologies we need, more are
being developed.... But we should not wait, we
cannot wait, we must not wait."
~ Al Gore
Instead of trying to be responsible for all the
problems in the world, we should take on what
we love and care about. Then we honor both our
inner world and the outer world at the same time.
There’s no separation between the two, and there
is no hesitation, no self-doubt. This will help
us develop great faith that others are taking
care of their piece. People who don’t know the
details about climate change may care deeply about
the forests, the animals, and the children. It
is very important that we share, not only our
merit, but also the responsibilities. Somehow
we have to relieve ourselves of the enormity,
which is so debilitating.
~ Paul Hawken
it were only a few degrees, that would be serious, but
we could adapt to it. But the danger is the warming
process might be unstable and run away. We could end
up like Venus, covered in clouds and with the surface
temperature of 400 degrees. It could be too late if
we wait until the bad effects of warming become obvious.
We need action now to reduce emission of carbon dioxide.
- Stephen Hawking
"America 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."
~ Denis Hayes
Reversing global warming will take a World War
II level of mobilization. It is the work of tens
of millions, not hundreds of thousands.
-- Van Jones
change is the most severe problem that we are facing
today, more serious even than the threat of terrorism."
-- David King
tend to focus on the here and now. The problem is that,
once global warming is something that most people can
feel in the course of their daily lives, it will be
too late to prevent much larger, potentially catastrophic
-- Elizabeth Kolbert
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 of biodiversity.
-- Dan Lipinski
We have a responsibility to protect the rights
of generations, of all species, that cannot speak
for themselves today. The global challenge of
climate change requires that we ask no less of
our leaders, or ourselves.
~ Wangari Maathai
warming is no longer a philosophical threat, no
longer a future threat, no longer a threat at
all. It's our reality.
-- Bill McKibben
Federal policy over the past century has largely
failed to promote an energy system based on safe,
secure, economically affordable, and environmentally
benign energy sources. The tax code, budget appropriations,
and regulatory processes overwhelmingly have been
used to subsidize dependence on fossil fuels and
nuclear power. The result: increased sickness
and premature deaths, depleted family budgets,
acid rain destruction of lakes, forests, and crops,
oil spill contamination, polluted rivers and loss
of aquatic species and the long-term peril of
climate change and radioactive waste dumps–not
to mention a dependency on external energy supplies.
~ Ralph Nader
"All across the world, ...increasingly dangerous
weather patterns and devastating storms are abruptly
putting an end to the long-running debate over
whether or not climate change is real. Not only
is it real, it's here, and its effects are giving
rise to a frighteningly new global phenomenon:
the man-made natural disaster. " -- Barack
warming is not just the greatest environmental
challenge facing our planet — it is one of our
greatest challenges of any kind.
-- Barack Obama
is the moment when we must come together to save
this planet. Let us resolve that we will not leave
our children a world where the oceans rise and
famine spreads and terrible storms devastate our
-- Barack Obama
Global climate change is real and we have a limited
time to change our behavior or live with the consequences.
We can all help by making small changes in our
lives to letting our voice be heard by our governing
bodies. As has always been the case in this country,
if the people demand change, it will come.
-- Kyra Sedgwick
climate change is real. The legislative branch
of our government is our last line of defense
against pollution which is why I am so grateful
to have the NRDC making our voice heard.
-- Kyra Sedgwick
will be no polar ice by 2060...Somewhere along that
path, the polar bear drops out."
-- Larry Schweiger, President, National Wildlife Federation,
warming threatens our health, our economy, our natural
resources, and our children's future. It is clear we
-- Eliot Spitzer
If we are to have the public conversations essential
to taking on serious dilemmas from climate change
to criminal justice reform, we need forums for
those conversations. The media can facilitate
the conversations or shut them down. They can
open up or constrain our beliefs about what is
possible, what is desirable, who is deserving,
and which perspectives are legitimate.
-- Sarah van
It is upsetting that many people don’t seem to
observe what’s happening to the environment, what’s
happening in terms of global warming, the loss
of habitats and wild things.
-- Joanne Woodward
CLIMATE CHANGE QUOTE
- April 22
Day - June 5
Change Day - First Saturday in December