The most remarkable feature of this historical moment on Earth is not that we are on the way to destroying the world—we’ve actually been on the way for quite a while. It is that we are beginning to wake up, as from a millennia-long sleep, to a whole new relationship to our world, to ourselves and each other.   Joanna Macy

The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land. Abraham Lincoln

And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.   Kahlil Gibran

You can save a place, but it’s never really saved. It always takes people caring. It always takes vigilance. It always takes effort to keep those forces at bay that want to crowd in, want to change it, want to over commercialize it. Once it’s ruined it’s ruined. But once it’s saved each generation has its duty to keep it saved.    . . . . . Dayton Duncan.

Society is sending an unintended message to children: nature is the past, electronics is the future, and the bogeyman lives in the woods.     Richard Louv

When my office was (moved) . . . closer to nature, I listened to clients in new ways. And between sessions I gardened . . . I gradually learned about a growing and healing process that was more emcompassing and powerful than any of the psychotherapeutic techniques I’d previously struggled to emulate. The garden was my teacher.          Lesley Irene Shore

Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see it is what you would have wanted had you known.   Garrison Keilor

Those working in the evolving field of ecotherapy are discerning where psychotherapeutic theory and practice are themselves reflective of a severing of person and place that is not conducive to psychological or ecological well-being.  . . . I believe the importance of psyche-place relations to psychological and community well-being, once it is understood, will point many of us to restorative ecopsychological work that extends the individual and family therapy that is our usual daily fare.           Mary Watkins

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,

nothing is going to get better, its not.  The Lorax (dr seuss)

Can we rely on it that a ‘turning around’ will be accomplished by enough people quickly enough to save the modern world? This questions is often asked, but whatever answer is given to it will mislead. The answer “yes” would lead to complacency; the answer “no” to despair. It’s desirable to leave these perplexities behind us and get down to work.    E.F. Schumacher

Let us put our minds together and see what life can make for our children.  Sitting Bull, Lakota Souix Chief

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.  Margret Meade

Ask the animals and they will teach you: the birds of the air, and they will tell you; ask the plants of the earth and they will teach you.    Job 12:7-8

Love all of God’s creation, the whole and every piece of sand in it. Love every leaf, every ray of God’s light. Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things . . . you will begin to comprehend it ceaselessly more and more every day. And you will at last come to love the whole world with an abiding universal love.    Fyodor Dostoyvsky

All truth passes through three stages: first it is ridiculed; second, it is violently opposed; third, it is accepted as being self-evident.   Arthur Schopenhauer

As we watch the sun go down, evening after evening, through the smog across the poisoned waters of our native earth, we must ask ourselves seriously whether we really wish some future universal historian on another planet to say about us:  “With all their genius and with all their skill, they ran out of foresight and air and food and water and ideas,” or, “They went on playing politics until their world collapsed around them”.    U Thant

The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.   Rachel Carson 

We must change our values. We have to educate people. We have to teach citizens and governments to be aware of the dangers to our children’s future . . . Educational systems all over the world must take up this task, international codes of law must be developed, and the practical work of environmental cleanup must be undertaken.    Mikhail Gorbachev

 “. . .only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.”   T.S. Elliott

Earth, which has seemed so large must now be seen in its smallness. We live in a closed system, absolutely dependent on Earth and on each other for our lives and those of succeeding generations. The many things that divide us are therefore of infinitely less importance than the interdependence and danger that unite us.  six biologists in Menton, France 1970

All you who will come after me on this Earth be with me now. It is for your sakes, that I work to heal our world. Help me be faithful in the task that must be done so that there will be for you, as there was for me, blue sky, fruitful land, clear waters.    Prayer offered by Joanna Macy

 How can a nation be great if its bread tastes like Kleenex?” – Julia Child

Teach your children what we have taught our children, the earth is our mother . . .This we know. The earth does not belong to humans; humans belong to the earth. This we know. All things are connected like the blood which unties one family . . .Whatever befalls the earth befalls the children of the earth. People did not weave the web of life, the are merely strands of it. Whatever they do to the web, they do to themselves. attributed to Chief Stealth (Seattle)

For all these years you’ve protected the seed. It’s time to become the flower. Stephen C. Paul

 

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