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(Adapted from Graeme MacKay, MacKay Cartoons; fair use, educational)
| Climate and Ecological Emergency (CEE) Quotes
The climate crisis is not a human-induced disaster. It's an economic crime scene.
(Julia Steinberger, Professor in Social Ecology & Ecological Economics, 25 September 2020 tweet)
Our civilization is being sacrificed for the opportunity of a very small number of people to continue making enormous amounts of money... It is the sufferings of the many which pay for the luxuries of the few... You say you love your children above all else, and yet you are stealing their future in front of their very eyes... (Greta Thunberg)
To survive with some grace, humanity must organize like the other species on Earth. Those other species are effectively ecosocialist: (1) they do not destroy the Earth, and (2) they share energy and resources relatively equitably. (Peter Kalmus, 7 November 2020 tweet)
Two basic concepts in climate I want the public to know:
1 Trend. If something gets worse every day, after some time it becomes unbearable and systems break.
2 Irreversibility. Humans can't "clean up" climate breakdown or ecosystem and biodiversity loss.
(Peter Kalmus, Climate Scientist, 7 September 2020 tweet [my bolding])
We have to understand the emergency of the situation. Our leadership has failed us. Young people must hold older generations accountable for the mess they have created. We need to get angry, and transform that anger into action. (Greta Thunberg)
We [humanity] are currently, in a systematic manner, exterminating all non-human living beings. (Anne Larigauderie, IPBES executive secretary, cited at France 24, posted 15 September 2020, accessed 16 September 2020) [We need to prioritise Nature.]
Fascism has often been described as capitalism in decay. The ecological emergency is surely the clearest proof of this. Our political and economic elites either do not understand the ramifications of their actions, which have driven the climate crisis, or simply do not care enough to stop it. (Sam Knights, Jacobin, posted 16 November 2020, accessed 18 November 2020)
Man has the greater power to do both good and evil. Therefore his responsibilities to the Mother Earth are also greater.
(Jethro cited by Gerry Spence in How to Argue and Win Every Time, p.109)
Man's attitude toward nature is today critically important simply because we have now acquired a fateful power to alter and to destroy nature. But man is a part of nature, and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself.
(Rachel Carson, 1963 CBS documentary)
The initiation or test for humans today is how we will handle the power we have to alter Nature. Will we serve the whole and lead simple loving lives? Or will we keep going selfishly and destroy it all? (Bruce Mitchell)
That is what is at stake. Our ability to live on planet Earth, to have a future as civilization. I believe this is a moral issue. It is your time to seize this issue.
(Al Gore, 2006)
You only talk about moving forward with the same bad ideas that got us into this mess, even when the only sensible thing to do is pull the emergency brake. You are not mature enough to tell it like it is. Even that burden you leave to us children...
The thing y'all really need to understand about global heating is that however hot we let it get, it's basically not coming back down. Not in a hundred years, maybe not in a thousand.
And ecological breakdown? Timescale for recovery is 10 million years. Wake up humans.
(Peter Kalmus, Climate Scientist, 5 November 2020 tweet)
We cannot solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis... if solutions within the system are so impossible to find, then... we should change the system itself. (Greta Thunberg)
Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth. Man does not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web he does to himself.
The ''Reduce, Reuse, Recycle'' mantra is in that order for a reason – to best care for the Earth and all its creatures, including humans.
Reducing consumption and waste is the priority, by leading simpler lifestyles [personal and societal action] and stopping consumerism [like capitalism, a dysfunctional societal philosophy].
Then reuse if at all possible, both in our everyday life and collectively by designing quality long-lasting products.
Only then recycle. This is the last resort, yet we hear so much about it. It is really important, but tends to distract us from the more important earlier steps. Further, it is a sad reality that much recycling waste does not actually get recycled, or is shipped to the Poor World whilst the Rich World never takes any responsibility.
So, personally and collectively the most important way to help the Earth is to create a much simpler world lifestyle. ‘Personal sufficiency and public luxury’ is one option...
More and more people understand that the survival of humanity is at stake. Simply meditating or praying for change is not enough. There has to be action.
(The Dalai Lama cited at The Independent, posted 12 November 2020, accessed 13 November 2020)
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