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|Peace and survival of life on Earth as we know it are threatened by
human activities that lack a commitment to humanitarian values. Destruction
of nature and natural resources results from ignorance, greed, and a lack of
respect for the Earth's living things... . It is not difficult to forgive
destruction in the past, which resulted from ignorance.
Today, however, we have access to more information, and it is essential that we re-examine ethically what we have inherited, what we are responsible for, and what we will pass on to coming generations. Clearly this is a pivotal generation... . Our marvels of science and technology are matched if not outweighed by many current tragedies, including human starvation in some parts of the world, and extinction of other life forms... . We have the capability and responsibility. We must act before it is too late.
When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.
|Tenzin Gyatso, the fourteenth Dalai Lama.|
|Developing education and closing the knowledge and IT gaps will allow Asian economies to sustain future high growth rates.||Joseph Stiglitz, 2001 Nobel laureate, professor of economics, Columbia University, USA, speaking at the Asia: Road to a New Recovery seminar, 21 August, 2009, organized by Nation Multimedia Group, Plaza Athénée Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand. Reported in The Nation, 22 August, 2009, Vol. 34, No 52332.|
|... sufficiency economy is not about self-sufficiency. It's about living in a balanced manner and living in moderation, Education is a most worthwhile investment and our 15-year free-education initiative will help Thailand build a long-tem sustainable economy.||Abhisit Vejjajiva, Prime Minister of Thailand, speaking at the Asia: Road to a New Recovery seminar, 21 August, 2009, organized by Nation Multimedia Group, Plaza Athénée Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand. Reported in The Nation, 22 August, 2009, Vol. 34, No 52332.|
|Consumption of resources is rising rapidly, biodiversity is plummeting and just about every measure shows humans affecting Earth on a vast scale. … A growing band of experts are looking at figures like these and arguing that personal carbon virtue and collective environmentalism are futile as long as our economic system is built on the assumption of growth. The science tells us that if we are serious about saving Earth, we must reshape our economy. … It has taken all of human history for the economy to reach its current size. On current form it will take just two decades to double.||
New Scientist. (2008). The folly of growth: How to stop the economy killing the planet. New Scientist, Vol 200, No 2678.
|… from the early Club of Rome report on the Limits to Growth (Meadows et al. 1972) to its sequels Beyond the Limits (Meadows et al. 1992) and the thirty year update (Meadows et al. 2004), the message has become ever more pressing and the impact on political and economic processes just as marginal. Only recently has the recent evidence of accelerating climate change, and the imminent threats of energy, health, water and food crises begun to produce significant reactions, at least in some forward-looking countries. However the major centres of power and population have perspectives that are too short term to take any notice. Public education on these issues has either fallen behind, or never begun.||
Dahl, A. L. (2006). Paper presented at the plenary IEF Symposium Consumer Citizenship Network. Third CCN International Conference. Hedmark University College, Hamar, Norway. 15-16 May 2006.
Meadows, D. H., Meadows, D. L., & Randers, J. (1992). Beyond the limits: Global collapse or a sustainable future. London: Earthscan.
Meadows, D. H., Randers, J., & Meadows, D. L. (1972). The limits to growth: A report for the Club of Rome’s project on the predicament of mankind. London: Earthscan.
Meadows, D. H., Randers, J., & Meadows, D. L. (2004). The limits to growth: The 30-year update. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green.
|The most persistent sound which reverberates through man's history is the beating of war drums. … Man can leave the earth and land on the moon, but cannot cross from East to West Berlin. Prometheus reaches for the stars with an insane grin on his face and a totem-symbol in his hand.||
Koestler, A. (1978). Janus: A summing up. London: Hutchinson.
|We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace.||William E. Gladstone|
|When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.||Jimi Hendrix|
|Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.
Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.
Do not believe anything because it is spoken and rumoured by many.
Do not believe in anything because it is written in your religious books.
Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.
But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and the benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.
|Siddhartha Gautama (The Buddha), 563-483 BC|
|If you've heard this before don't stop me because I'd like to hear it again.||G.Marx.|
|Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.||Buddhist saying.|
|We do not have an ecological crisis. The ecosphere has a human crisis.||W.Rees.|
|Climate change is not an environmental problem. It is a civilizational problem.||R.Gelbspan.|
|A global human society, characterised by islands of wealth, surrounded by a sea of poverty, is unsustainable.||T.Mbeki.|
|Human history is a race between education and catastrophe.||H.G.Wells.|
|Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.||R.W.Emerson.|
|We have not inherited the world from our forefathers, we have borrowed it from our children.||Kashmiri proverb.|
|Only when the last tree is cut, only when the last river is polluted, only when the last fish is caught, will they realise that you can't eat money.||Native American proverb.|
|It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.||A.Einstein.|
|God seems to have left the receiver off the hook and time is running out.||A.Koestler.|
|Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.||A.Einstein.|
|"If you keep on doing what you`ve always done, you`ll keep on getting what you`ve always got.||W. L. Bateman|
|Human beings and the natural world are on a collision course. Human activities inflict harsh and often irreversible damage on the environment and on critical resources. If not checked, many of our current practices put at serious risk the future that we wish for human society and the plant and animal kingdoms, and may so alter the living world that it will be unable to sustain life in the manner in which we know. Fundamental changes are urgent if we are to avoid the collision our present course will bring about."||From: World scientists' warning to humanity (U Thant, 1992), signed by 1600 scientists, including 102 Nobel laureates, from 70 countries; quoted in book below.|
|If you care about this planet and wish to know more, read Meadows, Randers & Meadows (2005) Limits to growth: The 30-year update. One commentator said of it: "If you read only one book ... make this it!".|