atmosphere is the key symbol of global interdependence."
"We're doing great, thank God. The American economy is flourishing. We're
using more fossil fuels. We're putting more CO2 in the air. The coal plants
are running at record levels. Business has never been better. We're doing
"In the year 2065, on current trends, damage from climate change will exceed global GDP."
"A package of 35 improvements to typical industrial motor systems can save around 50% of their metered energy…with a simple payback under 16 months."
"State and local governments [in the US] have 10 billion square feet of
public space and spend $16 billion annually on energy -- equal to the gross
domestic product of Costa Rica. The energy used in these public spaces is
responsible for 134 million tons of carbon emissions, but 30% of that energy
is wasted because of inefficiency. Your efforts will make or break our
nation's efforts to address climate change. Your efforts are where the
rubber hits the road."
"I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait 'til oil and coal run out before we tackle that."
"Studies have shown that schools incorporating passive solar features, such
as daylighting, use less energy, student grades have improved, and
attendance is higher."
"By spending just $30 per year on wind power, an average Colorado family can
cut its household carbon dioxide production by about 10%."
"Air travel has an unfair advantage over other transport modes such as the
car, bus, and train because airlines don’t pay tax on aviation fuel. The
absence of a fuel tax or an emissions-based levy allows airlines to charge
artificially low ticket prices as the cost of pollution is passed on to
society, and not the passenger."
"If all of us were renting the Earth, we’d have lost our deposit. At Toyota, we’re trying to help restore the planet to the way it was before everyone moved in."
"There is no endeavor more noble than the attempt to achieve a collective
dream. When a city accepts as a mandate its quality of life, when it
respects the people who live in it, when it respects the environment, when
it prepares for future generations, the people share the responsibility for
that mandate. This shared cause is the only way to achieve that collective
"Why is our (US) government the only one in the civilized world with a
stupid, short-term energy policy? Why do our elected officials consider a
European or Japanese-type energy tax not only unpassable but undiscussable?"
"Listen up, you couch potatoes: each recycled beer can saves enough electricity to run a television for three hours."
"We used to be hunter-gatherers, now we're shopper-borrowers."
"If we do not change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are
"Jesus was an active person. Praying about clean water and air is fine. But
taking action to make sure that the air and water are clean, that’s where we
put our faith into action."
"Our task must be to widen our circle of compassion to embrace all living
creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty".
"There is something fundamentally wrong with treating the earth as if it
were a business in liquidation."
"There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew."
"The wilderness holds answers to questions man has not yet learned to ask."
"Glance at the sun. See the moon and the stars. Gaze at the beauty of the
Earth’s greenings. Now, think".
"If the world is to be healed through human efforts, I am convinced it will
be by ordinary people, people whose love for this life is even greater than
their fear. People who can open to the web of life that called us into
"Never be discouraged from being an activist because people tell you that
you'll not succeed. You have already succeeded if you're out there
representing truth or justice or compassion or fairness or love."
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change
the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. "
"If you think the efforts of one individual will be nothing, then you have
never been to bed with a mosquito".
"Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of
the human race."
"Everything in life is somewhere else, and you get there in a car."
"...everything is gift. The degree to which we are awake to this truth is
the measure of our gratefulness. And gratefulness is the measure of our
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