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  • FV Miss MaryFV Miss Mary Posts: 497 Officer
    The first "Earth Day" was held on April 22, 1970. That date was also the 100th anniversary of this mans birthday.

    Владимир Ильич Ленин
    Chairman of the Council of People’s Commissars
    In office: November 8, 1917 – January 21, 1924
    Born April 22, 1870
    Died January 21, 1924
    Political party Bolshevik Party
    Profession Politician, revolutionary

    Coincidence...no. The man was Vladimir Lenin. April 22, 1970 red became green with help of U.S. Senator **** Nelson and I as a junior high school student stood in city park across from my school with other classmates and was told long before now our country would perish from another ice age. That giant inflatable earth ball game will forever be etched in my memory. It was stupid then and stupid now.

    Use Google to search for George Carlin "Earth Day".
  • mjacksmjacks Posts: 152 Deckhand
    Earth Day Brought To You By Hunters and Fisherman.

    By: Humberto Fontova

    “In 1970, a Senator from Wisconsin named **** Nelson raised his voice and called on every American to take action on behalf of the environment,” read President Obama’s Earth Day proclamation two years ago. “In the four decades since, millions of Americans have heeded that call and joined together to protect the planet we share.”

    Well, I’ve got news for our President. Millions of Americans who had never heard of **** Nelson “took action on behalf of the environment,” decades before the good Senator “raised his voice.” More newsworthy still, most of these belonged to those insufferable rustics who “cling to guns and bibles.” To wit:

    The Pittman-Robertson Act (1937) imposed an excise tax of 10 per cent on all hunting gear. Then the Dingell-Johnson act (1950) did the same for fishing gear. The Wallop-Breaux amendment (1984) extended the tax to the fuel for boats. All of this lucre goes to “protect the environment” in the form of buying and maintaining National Wildlife Refuges, along with state programs for buying and maintaining various forms of wildlife habitat.

    For the last couple of decades hunters and fishermen have contributed over $1.5 billion per year towards Senator **** Nelson’s lofty goal. To date, hunters and fisherpersons have shelled out over $20 billion “on behalf of the environment.” A study by the National Shooting Sports Foundation found that for every taxpayer dollar invested in wildlife conservation, hunters and fishermen contribute nine.

    So please note: to "preserve nature," they don’t tax Birkenstock hiking boots and Ying-Yang pendants – but do tax my shotgun. They don’t tax Yoga manuals and Tofu tid-bits wrapped in recycled paper – but do tax my 30.06 deer rifle. They don’t tax binoculars or birding Field Guides with cutesy photos of the red-cockaded woodpecker and spotted Owl – but do tax the shotgun shells I blast at Mallards before arraying on my grill as Duck-K-Bobs (cooked rare and lovingly basted with plenty of butter, Cajun seasoning and teriyaki sauce).

    Going further, they don’t tax Kayaks and rock climbing picks and ropes – but do tax my compound bow and rifle scope. They don’t tax the plastic water bottles on Mountain bikes (or the mountain bike itself, come to think of it) or the cutesy spandex shorts these yo-yos wear – but do tax my duck decoys and camo pants. They don’t tax Yanni and Enya CDs – but do tax the arrows I fling at Bambi before he sizzles on my grill as Bambi-burger (lovingly draped with thick bacon slices that dribble their appetizing fat into the meat while cooking. Then a chunk of cheddar cheese melted on top.)

    You talk about a "Cheeseburger in Paradise," Jimmy Buffet! Try one from Bambi!

    Ten cents of every dollar I spent on my hunting and fishing toys (I'd cite the total but my wife might read this) funds Federal and State "conservation" programs. From my guns and ammo to my duck calls and decoys, from my rods and reels to my lures and gaffs, from my trolling motor to the very fuel for my outboard – ten cents of every dollar in this ghastly expenditure funds habitat for Spotted Owls, Red Cockaded Woodpeckers, Bald Eagles, Ospreys, Manatees, Snail darters, Black-Footed Ferrets, California Condors, Florida Panthers and Sea Otters.

    None of these creatures (from what I hear) make a decent Gumbo or even a passable Chili. I must be crazy. But I have no choice. And this avalanche of tax dollars comes on top of those I fork over for the stacks of licenses, and permits, and stamps I'm required to have before I set a foot afield or set my boat afloat. Last season these totaled $500. (But sweetie! There are huge fines for hunting and fishing without them!)

    And all the above is on top of my voluntary dues and assorted donations to such as Ducks Unlimited. (But snookums! I thought you loved the duck print I brought home at 2:45 AM from the DU Banquet/auction? And especially the picture of me with the nice Hooters girl who worked the keg in her camo bikini?) According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation these donations to such as DU, Pheasants Forever, etc. total $300 million a year.

    As mentioned, just last year, hunters and fishermen (not birdwatchers, not rock-climbers, not kayakers, not nature-hikers) "contributed" $1.5 billion "big ones" “dollarinies,” “donuts” (to quote Steve Martin as The Jerk) to purchase and maintain places for greenie-weenies to frolic and nature-watch.

    You'd think some thanks might be in order from these freeloaders – from the smarmy crowd not forced to buy any "Bird-Watching stamp" or "Hiking stamp," or "Kayaking stamp", or "Rock Climbing Stamp," or Yanni-Listening Stamp," or "Quartz-Crystal-Gazing-Stamp." You'd think Tofu-munchers might appreciate us hunters' funding habitat for their spotted owls, kangaroo rats, snail darters and louseworts, and bankrolling the scenery on their "nature trails" as they self-righteously plod along in their "earth-friendly" Birkenstocks and granola-flecked frocks., quartz crystals rattling in their pockets en route to a hillside Sunrise worship, crystal-gaze and Enya-listen.

    We pay our way – in fact, we pay the hikers and bird-watchers way too. But rather than going afield as passive voyeurs, rather than regarding nature as a Disney cartoon, we accept nature's diktats. We revel in our role as full-fledged participants in her cycle of fang and claw (but add bullets, buckshot, broadheads, treble hooks and gaffs to the primal drama.)

    You'd think the voyeurs might throw us a bone every now and then? Well, think again. Here's the Sierra Club's official position: "Wild animals should not be valued principally in terms of whether they can serve as targets. As members of the family of life, we should respect the moral right of all creatures to exist, to be free of unnecessary predation.”

    Good because my family and friends regard my predation as absolutely necessary-- for family meals and dinner parties (Gumbo, steaks, burgers, nachos, fajitas, Chili, Po-boys, and on, and on…) Anyway, you’re quite welcome, Greenies!
  • FV Miss MaryFV Miss Mary Posts: 497 Officer
    mjacks well done!
  • EggsuckindogEggsuckindog Posts: 1,528 Officer
    I celebrated it at River Ranch 11 in Lake Wales and watched hundreds of very large HP outboard motors running at ungodly RPM use an incredable amount of fuel and everybody had lots of fun doing it - there was no wildlife injured or harassed in this endeaver.
    1976 SeaCraft master Angler - Merc 200 XRi
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  • CyclistCyclist Posts: 23,346 AG
    Check out Table A1.

    Bicycling contributes more money to our economy than fishing and hunting combined. Wildlife viewing contributes more money than hunting.

    Just the facts.

    http://www.trcp.org/assets/pdf/The_Economic_Value_of_Outdoor_Recreation.pdf


    As a side note, rick scott and his administration hates the environment with a passion. They like developers and concrete. :)
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  • ACME Ventures FishingACME Ventures Fishing Posts: 851 Officer
    Cyclist wrote: »
    Check out Table A1.

    Bicycling contributes more money to our economy than fishing and hunting combined. Wildlife viewing contributes more money than hunting.

    Just the facts.

    http://www.trcp.org/assets/pdf/The_Economic_Value_of_Outdoor_Recreation.pdf




    "Due to limited data, it was not possible to account for all economic contributions from these activities."

    As such the "Ring or Truth" test when applied seems also to leave some serious doubts to the findings. All one
    has to do is some rough math and real world figures to the assigned value in the numbers of participants listed,
    and you quickly see the results have one questioning the findings legitamacy.
  • CyclistCyclist Posts: 23,346 AG
    "Due to limited data, it was not possible to account for all economic contributions from these activities."

    As such the "Ring or Truth" test when applied seems also to leave some serious doubts to the findings. All one
    has to do is some rough math and real world figures to the assigned value in the numbers of participants listed,
    and you quickly see the results have one questioning the findings legitamacy.

    You are correct. The numbers of non-hunting/fishing folks are likely much higher and the economics of the comparison even more lopsided that it is.
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  • Fishin RodFishin Rod Posts: 2,620 Captain
    mjacks wrote: »
    Earth Day Brought To You By Hunters and Fisherman.

    By: Humberto Fontova

    “In 1970, a Senator from Wisconsin named **** Nelson raised his voice and called on every American to take action on behalf of the environment,” read President Obama’s Earth Day proclamation two years ago. “In the four decades since, millions of Americans have heeded that call and joined together to protect the planet we share.”

    Well, I’ve got news for our President. Millions of Americans who had never heard of **** Nelson “took action on behalf of the environment,” decades before the good Senator “raised his voice.” More newsworthy still, most of these belonged to those insufferable rustics who “cling to guns and bibles.” To wit:

    The Pittman-Robertson Act (1937) imposed an excise tax of 10 per cent on all hunting gear. Then the Dingell-Johnson act (1950) did the same for fishing gear. The Wallop-Breaux amendment (1984) extended the tax to the fuel for boats. All of this lucre goes to “protect the environment” in the form of buying and maintaining National Wildlife Refuges, along with state programs for buying and maintaining various forms of wildlife habitat.

    For the last couple of decades hunters and fishermen have contributed over $1.5 billion per year towards Senator **** Nelson’s lofty goal. To date, hunters and fisherpersons have shelled out over $20 billion “on behalf of the environment.” A study by the National Shooting Sports Foundation found that for every taxpayer dollar invested in wildlife conservation, hunters and fishermen contribute nine.

    So please note: to "preserve nature," they don’t tax Birkenstock hiking boots and Ying-Yang pendants – but do tax my shotgun. They don’t tax Yoga manuals and Tofu tid-bits wrapped in recycled paper – but do tax my 30.06 deer rifle. They don’t tax binoculars or birding Field Guides with cutesy photos of the red-cockaded woodpecker and spotted Owl – but do tax the shotgun shells I blast at Mallards before arraying on my grill as Duck-K-Bobs (cooked rare and lovingly basted with plenty of butter, Cajun seasoning and teriyaki sauce).

    Going further, they don’t tax Kayaks and rock climbing picks and ropes – but do tax my compound bow and rifle scope. They don’t tax the plastic water bottles on Mountain bikes (or the mountain bike itself, come to think of it) or the cutesy spandex shorts these yo-yos wear – but do tax my duck decoys and camo pants. They don’t tax Yanni and Enya CDs – but do tax the arrows I fling at Bambi before he sizzles on my grill as Bambi-burger (lovingly draped with thick bacon slices that dribble their appetizing fat into the meat while cooking. Then a chunk of cheddar cheese melted on top.)

    You talk about a "Cheeseburger in Paradise," Jimmy Buffet! Try one from Bambi!

    Ten cents of every dollar I spent on my hunting and fishing toys (I'd cite the total but my wife might read this) funds Federal and State "conservation" programs. From my guns and ammo to my duck calls and decoys, from my rods and reels to my lures and gaffs, from my trolling motor to the very fuel for my outboard – ten cents of every dollar in this ghastly expenditure funds habitat for Spotted Owls, Red Cockaded Woodpeckers, Bald Eagles, Ospreys, Manatees, Snail darters, Black-Footed Ferrets, California Condors, Florida Panthers and Sea Otters.

    None of these creatures (from what I hear) make a decent Gumbo or even a passable Chili. I must be crazy. But I have no choice. And this avalanche of tax dollars comes on top of those I fork over for the stacks of licenses, and permits, and stamps I'm required to have before I set a foot afield or set my boat afloat. Last season these totaled $500. (But sweetie! There are huge fines for hunting and fishing without them!)

    And all the above is on top of my voluntary dues and assorted donations to such as Ducks Unlimited. (But snookums! I thought you loved the duck print I brought home at 2:45 AM from the DU Banquet/auction? And especially the picture of me with the nice Hooters girl who worked the keg in her camo bikini?) According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation these donations to such as DU, Pheasants Forever, etc. total $300 million a year.

    As mentioned, just last year, hunters and fishermen (not birdwatchers, not rock-climbers, not kayakers, not nature-hikers) "contributed" $1.5 billion "big ones" “dollarinies,” “donuts” (to quote Steve Martin as The Jerk) to purchase and maintain places for greenie-weenies to frolic and nature-watch.

    You'd think some thanks might be in order from these freeloaders – from the smarmy crowd not forced to buy any "Bird-Watching stamp" or "Hiking stamp," or "Kayaking stamp", or "Rock Climbing Stamp," or Yanni-Listening Stamp," or "Quartz-Crystal-Gazing-Stamp." You'd think Tofu-munchers might appreciate us hunters' funding habitat for their spotted owls, kangaroo rats, snail darters and louseworts, and bankrolling the scenery on their "nature trails" as they self-righteously plod along in their "earth-friendly" Birkenstocks and granola-flecked frocks., quartz crystals rattling in their pockets en route to a hillside Sunrise worship, crystal-gaze and Enya-listen.

    We pay our way – in fact, we pay the hikers and bird-watchers way too. But rather than going afield as passive voyeurs, rather than regarding nature as a Disney cartoon, we accept nature's diktats. We revel in our role as full-fledged participants in her cycle of fang and claw (but add bullets, buckshot, broadheads, treble hooks and gaffs to the primal drama.)

    You'd think the voyeurs might throw us a bone every now and then? Well, think again. Here's the Sierra Club's official position: "Wild animals should not be valued principally in terms of whether they can serve as targets. As members of the family of life, we should respect the moral right of all creatures to exist, to be free of unnecessary predation.”

    Good because my family and friends regard my predation as absolutely necessary-- for family meals and dinner parties (Gumbo, steaks, burgers, nachos, fajitas, Chili, Po-boys, and on, and on…) Anyway, you’re quite welcome, Greenies!

    Man, you are my hero, that was well said and our local "pedal pusher" can't handle the truth.
    "Be what you is"....... Isaiah Minter
  • CyclistCyclist Posts: 23,346 AG
    From the misinformed rant by the factually challenged gentlemen.

    As mentioned, just last year, hunters and fishermen (not birdwatchers, not rock-climbers, not kayakers, not nature-hikers) "contributed" $1.5 billion "big ones" “dollarinies,” “donuts” (to quote Steve Martin as The Jerk) to purchase and maintain places for greenie-weenies to frolic and nature-watch.


    He is off by a huge factor. Unless hunters and fisherman are spending less than they did in 2006. 1.5 billion is low. His numbers and logic are suspect. Not surprising. No "manly" hunter wants to hear that he is seriously outspent on conservation dollars by a lycra wearing cyclist.
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  • ds49ds49 Posts: 6 Greenhorn
    I believe you are comparing apples to oranges. The 1.5 billion is not the same as what you are talking about. What you are referring to is the total economic contribution from retail sales of different sporting equipment, trips, etc.

    What mjacks is talking about is a federal excise tax, actually a couple of different taxes, collected on fishing and hunting equipment collected at the wholesale level that is used to buy and maintain recreational areas, unless the money gets hijacked. Then there are also fishing and hunting licenses as well as fees for permits to use Wildlife Management Areas that Hunters and fisherman sometimes have to pay but other recreational users do not, although in Georgia they have begun to collect fees from hikers, bikers, and kayakers that use certain areas.
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    Fishin Rod wrote: »
    Man, you are my hero, that was well said and our local "pedal pusher" can't handle the truth.

    Save the fisherman, eat a manatee!
  • CaptBobBryantCaptBobBryant Posts: 5,716 Officer
    Cyclist wrote: »
    From the misinformed rant by the factually challenged gentlemen.

    As mentioned, just last year, hunters and fishermen (not birdwatchers, not rock-climbers, not kayakers, not nature-hikers) "contributed" $1.5 billion "big ones" “dollarinies,” “donuts” (to quote Steve Martin as The Jerk) to purchase and maintain places for greenie-weenies to frolic and nature-watch.


    He is off by a huge factor. Unless hunters and fisherman are spending less than they did in 2006. 1.5 billion is low. His numbers and logic are suspect. Not surprising. No "manly" hunter wants to hear that he is seriously outspent on conservation dollars by a lycra wearing cyclist.

    THe economic impact of hunting and fishing is about 75 billion annually

    What the author was referring to is this fact.
    Each year specific excise taxes are levied on everything hunting and fishing related, then excise taxes go to enhance everyone's wildlife experience, whether or not they pay any excise taxes to promote and or maintain them.
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  • Beau DarvilleBeau Darville Posts: 18 Greenhorn
    Cyclist wrote: »
    Check out Table A1.

    Bicycling contributes more money to our economy than fishing and hunting combined. Wildlife viewing contributes more money than hunting.

    Just the facts.

    http://www.trcp.org/assets/pdf/The_Economic_Value_of_Outdoor_Recreation.pdf


    As a side note, rick scott and his administration hates the environment with a passion. They like developers and concrete. :)

    REALLY!! Wildlife viewing? Is this report a joke or what? How does wildlife viewing around the house support something? Also, as someone who has served on 2 different local cycling advocacy panels here in Georgia, comparing cycling and fishing economies is wrong in my opinion.

    I can hear them now
    Interviewer "Do you like wildlife?"
    Interviewee "Yes."
    Interviewer "Do you like to watch wildlife?"
    Interviewee "Yes, I like to watch the birds in the yard."
    Interviewer "Do you sometimes use bird seed or binoculars?"
    Interviewee "Yes."
    Interviewer "WOW, do you know you just supported thousands of people by your actions?"

    Cyclist please use better judgement when posting publications. Everyone is going to think you are just some nut job when you try to justify these type of reports. I even showed the article to some of my very liberal friends and they thought the report had to be a joke.
  • CaptBobBryantCaptBobBryant Posts: 5,716 Officer
    Cyclist please use better judgement when posting publications. Everyone is going to think you are just some nut job when you try to justify these type of reports.

    Too Late
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  • ritchd22ritchd22 Posts: 13 Greenhorn
  • CyclistCyclist Posts: 23,346 AG
    REALLY!! Wildlife viewing? Is this report a joke or what? How does wildlife viewing around the house support something? Also, as someone who has served on 2 different local cycling advocacy panels here in Georgia, comparing cycling and fishing economies is wrong in my opinion.

    I can hear them now
    Interviewer "Do you like wildlife?"
    Interviewee "Yes."
    Interviewer "Do you like to watch wildlife?"
    Interviewee "Yes, I like to watch the birds in the yard."
    Interviewer "Do you sometimes use bird seed or binoculars?"
    Interviewee "Yes."
    Interviewer "WOW, do you know you just supported thousands of people by your actions?"

    Cyclist please use better judgement when posting publications. Everyone is going to think you are just some nut job when you try to justify these type of reports. I even showed the article to some of my very liberal friends and they thought the report had to be a joke.


    You don't have to rely on the FACTS I provided or your slightly misguided and out of touch FEELINGS. You can do your own research and then you will understand why you are wrong.

    In a nutshell there are MORE PEOPLE who spend on outdoor activities and wildlife viewing than pure hunters and fisherman and unlike hunters they participate year round.

    No need to condemn and lambast what you do not understand. It is all good and any dollar spent on conservation and the environment is a dollar well spent. Just realize that hunters do not have a monopoly on the outdoors.

    Another source of info.
    http://www.outdoorfoundation.org/pdf/ResearchParticipation2012Topline.pdf

    One interesting thing I notices that in general fishing and hunting is on the decline except bow hunting has had a three year surge of almost 25%.
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  • area52area52 Posts: 518 Officer
    According to the State of Florida, saltwater fishing alone generates 5.7 billion in economic activity.
  • bay20bay20 Posts: 1,490 Officer
    Hey I think cyclist might be right for once since him and all the other tree huggers have shut us down from keeping all these so called endangered species (red snapper and such) I reluctantly spend more time watching birds fly over my head at the golf course than I would on the ocean.
  • TypicleseTypiclese Posts: 385 Officer
    The first "Earth Day" was held on April 22, 1970. That date was also the 100th anniversary of this mans birthday.

    Владимир Ильич Ленин
    Chairman of the Council of People’s Commissars
    In office: November 8, 1917 – January 21, 1924
    Born April 22, 1870
    Died January 21, 1924
    Political party Bolshevik Party
    Profession Politician, revolutionary

    Coincidence...no. The man was Vladimir Lenin. April 22, 1970 red became green with help of U.S. Senator **** Nelson and I as a junior high school student stood in city park across from my school with other classmates and was told long before now our country would perish from another ice age. That giant inflatable earth ball game will forever be etched in my memory. It was stupid then and stupid now.

    Use Google to search for George Carlin "Earth Day".

    Middle name is Ilyich. His real last name was Ulyanov...Lenin was a pseudonym.

    My wife grew up behind the Iron Curtain (Ukraine). When she was growing up, on Lenin's birthday, they would be let out from school or hold them after school to clean up, plant flowers, trees, paint the fences rake the leaves, plant new grass.....all with the common objective of demonstrating an instilling in the young minds the principles of the collective and working together - basically the best thing in your life is labor and serving the state.

    So what's the real point behind earth day??? IMO Not very American.....

    There you go tarponator, yet another one of my conspiracy theories......

    BTW my wife came to this country for the opportunity and FREEDOM. She's long been a US citizen and proves to be very insightful navigating these times in our country.
  • TypicleseTypiclese Posts: 385 Officer
    ritchd22 wrote: »

    Dude, that's rich :thumbsup :thumbsup
  • TypicleseTypiclese Posts: 385 Officer
    Mjacks...your post...Destined to become a classic....do you mind if I cut and paste this and use it in a few other forums and BB's ? Obviously you'll be cited appropriately.

    Well done man!
  • FV Miss MaryFV Miss Mary Posts: 497 Officer
    Typiclese wrote: »
    Middle name is Ilyich. His real last name was Ulyanov...Lenin was a pseudonym.

    My wife grew up behind the Iron Curtain (Ukraine). When she was growing up, on Lenin's birthday, they would be let out from school or hold them after school to clean up, plant flowers, trees, paint the fences rake the leaves, plant new grass.....all with the common objective of demonstrating an instilling in the young minds the principles of the collective and working together - basically the best thing in your life is labor and serving the state.

    So what's the real point behind earth day??? IMO Not very American.....

    There you go tarponator, yet another one of my conspiracy theories......

    BTW my wife came to this country for the opportunity. She's long been a US citizen and proves to be very insightful navigating these times in our country.

    Typi that is the most important post on confron in quite some time Tarponator is a fellow traveler. He is well trained in the use of the dialectical method. It becomes boring after a while.
  • TypicleseTypiclese Posts: 385 Officer
    Thanks man. I edited the post after you replied with quote....after opportunity I added FREEDOM...it really should be the other way around...

    I never liked that reasoning methodology...psychological babble IMO
  • FV Miss MaryFV Miss Mary Posts: 497 Officer
    Intellectual master000000 is more like it. Boring.
  • TypicleseTypiclese Posts: 385 Officer
    Yes indeed.
  • FV Miss MaryFV Miss Mary Posts: 497 Officer
    Below are their words not mine Typi.



    If I were reincarnated, I would wish to be returned to Earth as a killer virus to lower human population levels.

    —Prince Phillip, World Wildlife Fund

    Cannibalism is a “radical but realistic solution to the problem of overpopulation.”

    —Lyall Watson, The Financial Times, 15 July 1995

    Poverty For “Those People”

    We, in the green movement, aspire to a cultural model in which killing a forest will be considered more contemptible and more criminal than the sale of 6-year-old children to Asian brothels.

    —Carl Amery

    Every time you turn on an electric light, you are making another brainless baby.

    —Helen Caldicott, Union of Concerned Scientists

    To feed a starving child is to exacerbate the world population problem.

    —Lamont Cole

    If there is going to be electricity, I would like it to be decentralized, small, solar-powered.

    —Gar Smith, editor of the Earth Island Institute’s online magazine The Edge

    The only hope for the world is to make sure there is not another United States: We can’t let other countries have the same number of cars, the amount of industrialization, we have in the U.S. We have to stop these Third World countries right where they are. And it is important to the rest of the world to make sure that they don’t suffer economically by virtue of our stopping them.

    —Michael Oppenheimer, Environmental Defense Fund

    The continued rapid cooling of the earth since WWII is in accord with the increase in global air pollution associated with industrialization, mechanization, urbanization and exploding population.

    —Reid Bryson, “Global Ecology; Readings towards a rational strategy for Man”, (1971)

    The battle to feed humanity is over. In the 1970s, the world will undergo famines. Hundreds of millions of people are going to starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now. Population control is the only answer.

    —Paul Ehrlich, in The Population Bomb (1968)

    I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000.

    —Paul Ehrlich in (1969)

    In ten years all important animal life in the sea will be extinct. Large areas of coastline will have to be evacuated because of the stench of dead fish.

    —Paul Ehrlich, Earth Day (1970)

    Before 1985, mankind will enter a genuine age of scarcity…in which the accessible supplies of many key minerals will be facing depletion.

    —Paul Ehrlich in (1976)

    This [cooling] trend will reduce agricultural productivity for the rest of the century.

    —Peter Gwynne, Newsweek 1976

    There are ominous signs that the earth’s weather patterns have begun to change dramatically and that these changes may portend a drastic decline in food production—with serious political implications for just about every nation on earth. The drop in food production could begin quite soon… The evidence in support of these predictions has now begun to accumulate so massively that meteorologist are hard-pressed to keep up with it.

    —Newsweek, April 28, (1975)

    This cooling has already killed hundreds of thousands of people. If it continues and no strong action is taken, it will cause world famine, world chaos and world war, and this could all come about before the year 2000.

    —Lowell Ponte in “The Cooling”, 1976

    If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder by the year 2000. … This is about twice what it would take to put us in an ice age.

    —Kenneth E.F. Watt on air pollution and global cooling, Earth Day (1970)


    “In order to save the planet it would be necessary to kill 350,000 people per day.” - Jacques Cousteau UNESCO Courier 1991:

    “If we want our precarious endeavor to succeed, we must convince all human beings to participate in our adventure, and we must urgently find solutions to curb the population explosion that has a direct influence on the impoverishment of the less-favoured communities. Otherwise, generalized resentment will beget hatred, and the ugliest genocide imaginable, involving billions of people, will become unavoidable.”

    “Uncontrolled population growth and poverty must not be fought from inside, from Europe, from North America, or any nation or group of nations; it must be attacked from the outside – by international agencies helped in the formidable job by competent and totally non-governmental organizations.”



    Jacques Cousteau UNESCO Courier 1991:

    “In order to save the planet it would be necessary to kill 350,000 people per day.”


    Jacques Cousteau, Population: Opposing Viewpoints:

    “If we want our precarious endeavor to succeed, we must convince all human beings to participate in our adventure, and we must urgently find solutions to curb the population explosion that has a direct influence on the impoverishment of the less-favoured communities. Otherwise, generalized resentment will beget hatred, and the ugliest genocide imaginable, involving billions of people, will become unavoidable.”

    “Uncontrolled population growth and poverty must not be fought from inside, from Europe, from North America, or any nation or group of nations; it must be attacked from the outside – by international agencies helped in the formidable job by competent and totally non-governmental organizations.”

    “The common enemy of humanity is man.
    In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up
    with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming,
    water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill. All these
    dangers are caused by human intervention, and it is only through
    changed attitudes and behavior that they can be overcome.
    The real enemy then, is humanity itself.”
    - Club of Rome,
    premier environmental think-tank,
    consultants to the United Nations

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “We need to get some broad based support,
    to capture the public’s imagination…
    So we have to offer up scary scenarios,
    make simplified, dramatic statements
    and make little mention of any doubts…
    Each of us has to decide what the right balance
    is between being effective and being honest.”
    - Prof. Stephen Schneider,
    Stanford Professor of Climatology,
    lead author of many IPCC reports

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “We’ve got to ride this global warming issue.
    Even if the theory of global warming is wrong,
    we will be doing the right thing in terms of
    economic and environmental policy.”
    - Timothy Wirth,
    President of the UN Foundation

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “No matter if the science of global warming is all phony…
    climate change provides the greatest opportunity to
    bring about justice and equality in the world.”
    - Christine Stewart,
    former Canadian Minister of the Environment

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “The data doesn’t matter. We’re not basing our recommendations
    on the data. We’re basing them on the climate models.”
    - Prof. Chris Folland,
    Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “The models are convenient fictions
    that provide something very useful.”
    - Dr David Frame,
    climate modeler, Oxford University

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “I believe it is appropriate to have an ‘over-representation’ of the facts
    on how dangerous it is, as a predicate for opening up the audience.”
    - Al Gore,
    Climate Change activist

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “It doesn’t matter what is true,
    it only matters what people believe is true.”
    - Paul Watson,
    co-founder of Greenpeace

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “Unless we announce disasters no one will listen.”
    - Sir John Houghton,
    first chairman of IPCC

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “The only way to get our society to truly change is to
    frighten people with the possibility of a catastrophe.”
    - emeritus professor Daniel Botkin

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “The climate crisis is not a political issue, it is a moral and
    spiritual challenge to all of humanity. It is also our greatest
    opportunity to lift Global Consciousness to a higher level.”
    - Al Gore,
    Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “We are on the verge of a global transformation.
    All we need is the right major crisis…”
    - David Rockefeller,
    Club of Rome executive member

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “Humanity is sitting on a time bomb. If the vast majority of the
    world’s scientists are right, we have just ten years to avert a
    major catastrophe that could send our entire planet’s climate system
    into a tail-spin of epic destruction involving extreme weather, floods,
    droughts, epidemics and killer heat waves beyond anything we have
    ever experienced – a catastrophe of our own making.”
    - Al Gore,
    An Inconvenient Truth

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “We are getting close to catastrophic tipping points,
    despite the fact that most people barely notice the warming yet.”
    - Dr James Hansen,
    NASA researcher

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “By the end of this century climate change will reduce the human
    population to a few breeding pairs surviving near the Arctic.”
    - Sir James Lovelock,
    Revenge of Gaia

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “Climate Change will result in a catastrophic global sea level
    rise of seven meters. That’s bye-bye most of Bangladesh,
    Netherlands, Florida and would make London the new Atlantis.”
    - Greenpeace International

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “This planet is on course for a catastrophe.
    The existence of Life itself is at stake.”
    - Dr Tim Flannery,
    Principal Research Scientist

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “Coal makes us sick. Oil makes us sick. It’s global warming.
    It’s ruining our country. It’s ruining our world.”
    - Harry Reid,
    U.S. Senate majority leader

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “Climate Change is the greatest threat that
    human civilization has ever faced.”
    - Angela Merkel,
    German Chancellor

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “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 Obama,
    US President

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “We simply must do everything we can in our power to
    slow down global warming before it is too late.”
    - Arnold Schwarzenegger,
    Governor of California

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “Climate change should be seen as the
    greatest challenge to ever face mankind.”
    - Prince Charles

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “Climate change makes us all global citizens,
    we are truly all in this together.”
    - Gordon Brown,
    British Prime Minister

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “We have reached the critical moment of decision on climate change.
    Failure to act to now would be deeply and unforgivably irresponsible.
    We urgently require a global environmental revolution.”
    - Tony Blair,
    former British PM

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “We are close to a time when all of humankind
    will envision a global agenda that encompasses
    a kind of Global Marshall Plan to address the
    causes of poverty and suffering and
    environmental destruction all over the earth.”
    - Al Gore,
    Earth in the Balance

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “In Nature organic growth proceeds according
    to a Master Plan, a Blueprint. Such a ‘master plan’ is
    missing from the process of growth and development of
    the world system. Now is the time to draw up a master plan for
    sustainable growth and world development based on global
    allocation of all resources and a new global economic system.
    Ten or twenty years form today it will probably be too late.”
    - Club of Rome,
    Mankind at the Turning Point

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “We need a new paradigm of development in
    which the environment will be a priority.
    World civilization as we know it will soon end.
    We have very little time and we must act.
    If we can address the environmental problem,
    it will have to be done within a new system, a
    new paradigm. We have to change our mindset,
    the way humankind views the world.”
    - Mikhail Gorbachev,
    founder of Green Cross International

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “The concept of national sovereignty has been immutable,
    indeed a sacred principle of international relations.
    It is a principle which will yield only slowly and reluctantly to
    the new imperatives of global environmental cooperation.”
    - UN Commission on Global Governance report

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “Democracy is not a panacea. It cannot organize everything and
    it is unaware of its own limits. These facts must be faced squarely.
    Sacrilegious though this may sound, democracy is no longer well
    suited for the tasks ahead. The complexity and the technical nature
    of many of today’s problems do not always allow elected
    representatives to make competent decisions at the right time.”
    - Club of Rome,
    The First Global Revolution

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “The emerging ‘environmentalization’ of our civilization
    and the need for vigorous action in the interest of the entire global
    community will inevitably have multiple political consequences.
    Perhaps the most important of them will be a gradual change
    in the status of the United Nations. Inevitably, it must
    assume some aspects of a world government.”
    - Mikhail Gorbachev,
    State of the World Forum

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “I envisage the prinicles of the Earth Charter to
    be a new form of the ten commandments.
    They lay the foundation for a sustainable
    global earth community.”
    - Mikhail Gorbachev,
    co-author of The Earth Charter

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “In my view, after fifty years of service in the United Nations system,
    I perceive the utmost urgency and absolute necessity for proper
    Earth government. There is no shadow of a doubt that the present
    political and economic systems are no longer appropriate
    and will lead to the end of life evolution on this planet.
    We must therefore absolutely and urgently look for new ways.”
    - Dr Robert Muller,
    UN Assistant Secretary General,

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “Nations are in effect ceding portions of their sovereignty
    to the international community and beginning to create a
    new system of international environmental governance
    as a means of solving otherwise unmanageable crises.”
    - Lester Brown,
    WorldWatch Institute

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “Regionalism must precede globalism.
    We foresee a seamless system of governance from
    local communities, individual states, regional unions
    and up through to the United Nations itself.”
    - UN Commission on Global Governance

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “A keen and anxious awareness is evolving to suggest that
    fundamental changes will have to take place in the world order
    and its power structures, in the distribution of wealth and income.
    Perhaps only a new and enlightened humanism
    can permit mankind to negotiate this transition.”
    - Club of Rome,
    Mankind at the Turning Point

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “The alternative to the existing world order can only
    emerge as a result of a new human dimension of progress.
    We envision a revolution of the mind, a new way of thinking.”
    - Mikhail Gorbachev,
    State of the World Forum

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “We require a central organizing principle – one agreed to voluntarily.
    Minor shifts in policy, moderate improvement in laws and regulations,
    rhetoric offered in lieu of genuine change – these are all forms of
    appeasement, designed to satisfy the public’s desire to believe that
    sacrifice, struggle and a wrenching transformation
    of society will not be necessary.”
    - Al Gore,
    Earth in the Balance

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “Adopting a central organizing principle…
    means embarking on an all-out effort to use every
    policy and program, every law and institution…
    to halt the destruction of the environment.”
    - Al Gore,
    Earth in the Balance

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “Effective execution of Agenda 21 will require a profound
    reorientation of all human society, unlike anything the world
    has ever experienced a major shift in the priorities of both
    governments and individuals and an unprecedented
    redeployment of human and financial resources. This shift
    will demand that a concern for the environmental consequences
    of every human action be integrated into individual and
    collective decision-making at every level.”
    - UN Agenda 21

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “The current course of development is thus clearly unsustainable.
    Current problems cannot be solved by piecemeal measures.
    More of the same is not enough. Radical change from the
    current trajectory is not an option, but an absolute necessity.
    Fundamental economic, social and cultural changes that
    address the root causes of poverty and environmental
    degradation are required and they are required now.”
    – from the Earth Charter website

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “The goal now is a socialist, redistributionist society,
    which is nature’s proper steward and society’s only hope.”
    - David Brower,
    founder of Friends of the Earth

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “If we don’t overthrow capitalism, we don’t have a chance of
    saving the world ecologically. I think it is possible to have
    an ecologically sound society under socialism.
    I don’t think it is possible under capitalism”
    - Judi Bari,
    principal organiser of Earth First!

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the
    industrialized civilizations collapse?
    Isn’t it our responsiblity to bring that about?”
    - Maurice Strong,
    founder of the UN Environment Programme

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “A massive campaign must be launched to de-develop the
    United States. De-development means bringing our
    economic system into line with the realities of
    ecology and the world resource situation.”
    - Paul Ehrlich,
    Professor of Population Studies

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “The only hope for the world is to make sure there is not another
    United States. We can’t let other countries have the same
    number of cars, the amount of industrialization, we have in the US.
    We have to stop these Third World countries right where they are.”
    - Michael Oppenheimer,
    Environmental Defense Fund

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “Global Sustainability requires the deliberate quest of poverty,
    reduced resource consumption and set levels of mortality control.”
    - Professor Maurice King

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “We must make this an insecure and inhospitable place
    for capitalists and their projects. We must reclaim the roads and
    plowed land, halt dam construction, tear down existing dams,
    free shackled rivers and return to wilderness
    millions of acres of presently settled land.”
    - David Foreman,
    co-founder of Earth First!

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “Complex technology of any sort is an assault on
    human dignity. It would be little short of disastrous for us to
    discover a source of clean, cheap, abundant energy,
    because of what we might do with it.”
    - Amory Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “The prospect of cheap fusion energy is the
    worst thing that could happen to the planet.”
    - Jeremy Rifkin,
    Greenhouse Crisis Foundation

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “Giving society cheap, abundant energy would be the
    equivalent of giving an idiot child a machine gun.”
    - Prof Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “Our insatiable drive to rummage deep beneath
    the surface of the earth is a willful expansion
    of our dysfunctional civilization into Nature.”
    - Al Gore,
    Earth in the Balance

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “The big threat to the planet is people: there are too many,
    doing too well economically and burning too much oil.”
    – Sir James Lovelock,
    BBC Interview

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “My three main goals would be to reduce human population to
    about 100 million worldwide, destroy the industrial infrastructure
    and see wilderness, with it’s full complement of species,
    returning throughout the world.”
    -Dave Foreman,
    co-founder of Earth First!

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “Current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the
    affluent middle class – involving high meat intake,
    use of fossil fuels, appliances, air-conditioning,
    and suburban housing – are not sustainable.”
    - Maurice Strong,
    Rio Earth Summit

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “Mankind is the most dangerous, destructive,
    selfish and unethical animal on the earth.”
    - Michael Fox,
    vice-president of The Humane Society

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “Human beings, as a species,
    have no more value than slugs.”
    - John Davis, editor of Earth First! Journal

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “Humans on the Earth behave in some ways like a
    pathogenic micro-organism, or like the cells of a tumor.”
    - Sir James Lovelock,
    Healing Gaia

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “The Earth has cancer
    and the cancer is Man.”
    - Club of Rome,
    Mankind at the Turning Point

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “A cancer is an uncontrolled multiplication of cells;
    the population explosion is an uncontrolled multiplication of people.
    We must shift our efforts from the treatment of the symptoms to
    the cutting out of the cancer. The operation will demand many
    apparently brutal and heartless decisions.”
    - Prof Paul Ehrlich,
    The Population Bomb

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “I don’t claim to have any special interest in natural history,
    but as a boy I was made aware of the annual fluctuations in
    the number of game animals and the need to adjust
    the cull to the size of the surplus population.”
    - Prince Philip,
    preface of Down to Earth

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “A reasonable estimate for an industrialized world society
    at the present North American material standard of living
    would be 1 billion. At the more frugal European standard
    of living, 2 to 3 billion would be possible.”
    - United Nations,
    Global Biodiversity Assessment

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “A total population of 250-300 million people,
    a 95% decline from present levels, would be ideal.”
    - Ted Turner,
    founder of CNN and major UN donor

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “… the resultant ideal sustainable population is hence
    more than 500 million but less than one billion.”
    - Club of Rome,
    Goals for Mankind

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “One America burdens the earth much more than
    twenty Bangladeshes. This is a terrible thing to say.
    In order to stabilize world population,we must eliminate
    350,000 people per day. It is a horrible thing to say,
    but it’s just as bad not to say it.”
    - Jacques Cousteau,
    UNESCO Courier

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “If I were reincarnated I would wish to be returned to earth
    as a killer virus to lower human population levels.”
    - Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,
    patron of the World Wildlife Fund

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “I suspect that eradicating small pox was wrong.
    It played an important part in balancing ecosystems.”
    - John Davis, editor of Earth First! Journal

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “The extinction of the human species may not
    only be inevitable but a good thing.”
    - Christopher Manes, Earth First!

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “The extinction of **** Sapiens would mean survival
    for millions, if not billions, of Earth-dwelling species.
    Phasing out the human race will solve every
    problem on Earth – social and environmental.”
    - Ingrid Newkirk,
    former President of PETA

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “Childbearing should be a punishable crime against
    society, unless the parents hold a government license.
    All potential parents should be required to use
    contraceptive chemicals, the government issuing
    antidotes to citizens chosen for childbearing.”
    - David Brower,
    first Executive Director of the Sierra Club

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “The fate of mankind, as well as of religion, depends upon
    the emergence of a new faith in the future.
    Armed with such a faith, we might find
    it possible to resanctify the earth.”
    - Al Gore,
    Earth in the Balance

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “The greatest hope for the Earth lies in religionists and
    scientists uniting to awaken the world to its near fatal predicament
    and then leading mankind out of the bewildering maze of
    international crises into the future Utopia of humanist hope.”
    - Club of Rome,
    Goals for Mankind

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “What an incredible planet in the universe this will be
    when we will be one human family living in justice,
    peace, love and harmony with our divine Earth,
    with each other and with the heavens.”
    - Robert Muller,
    UN Assistant Secretary General

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “The earth is literally our mother, not only because we depend on
    her for nurture and shelter but even more because the human
    species has been shaped by her in the womb of evolution….
    Our salvation depends upon our ability
    to create a religion of nature.”
    - Rene Dubos,
    board member, Planetary Citizens

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “Each element, plant, insect, fish and animal
    represents a certain aspect of Gaia’s – and our – being.
    In a way, we are Gaia’s intelligence and awareness
    - currently lost in self-destructive madness.
    We must acknowledge, respect and love her for being
    the Mother she is to us or we deny our very selves.
    Nurture the Mother as she nurtures us.”
    - Prof. Michael J. Cohen,
    Ecopsychologist

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “It is the responsibility of each human being today to
    choose between the force of darkness and the force of light.
    We must therefore transform our attitudes, and adopt a renewed
    respect for the superior laws of Divine Nature.”
    - Maurice Strong,
    first Secretary General of UNEP

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “The spirit of our planet is stirring!
    The Consciousness of Goddess Earth
    is now rising against all odds,
    in spite of millennia of suppression,
    repression and oppression inflicted on Her
    by a hubristic and misguided humanity.

    The Earth is a living entity, a biological organism
    with psychic and spiritual dimensions.
    With the expansion of the patriarchal religions
    that focused on a male God majestically
    stationed in Heaven ruling over the Earth and the
    Universe, the memory of our planet’s innate Divinity
    was repressed and banished into the
    collective unconscious of humanity.”
    - Envision Earth

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “Still more important is the implication that the evolution of
    **** sapiens, with his technological inventiveness and his
    increasingly subtle communications network, has vastly increased
    Gaia’s range of perception. She is now through us awake and aware
    of herself. She has seen the reflection of her fair face through the
    eyes of astronauts and the television cameras of orbiting spacecraft.

    Our sensations of wonder and pleasure, our capacity
    for conscious thought and speculation, our restless curiosity and
    drive are hers to share. This new interrelationship of Gaia with man
    is by no means fully established; we are not yet a truly collective
    species, corralled and tamed as an integral part of the biosphere,
    as we are as individual creatures. It may be that the destiny of
    mankind is to become tamed, so that the fierce, destructive, and
    greedy forces of tribalism and nationalism are fused into a
    compulsive urge to belong to the commonwealth of all
    creatures which constitutes Gaia.”
    – Sir James Lovelock,
    Gaia: A New Look At Life

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “Little by little a planetary prayer book is
    thus being composed by an increasingly united
    humanity seeking its oneness. Once again,
    but this time on a universal scale, humankind is
    seeking no less than its reunion with ‘divine,’
    its transcendence into higher forms of life. Hindus
    call our earth Brahma, or God, for they rightly
    see no difference between our earth and the divine.
    This ancient simple truth is slowly dawning again upon
    humanity, as we are about to enter our cosmic age
    and become what we were always meant to be:
    the planet of god.”
    - Robert Muller,
    UN Assistant Secretary General

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “What if Mary is another name for Gaia? Then her capacity for
    virgin birth is no miracle . . . it is a role of Gaia since life began . . .
    She is of this Universe and, conceivably, a part of God. On Earth,
    she is the source of life everlasting and is alive now;
    she gave birth to humankind and we are part of her.”
    - Sir James Lovelock,
    Ages of Gaia

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “Nature is my god. To me, nature is sacred;
    trees are my temples and forests are my cathedrals.”
    - Mikhail Gorbachev,
    Green Cross International

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “The spiritual sense of our place in nature…
    can be traced to the origins of human civilization….
    The last vestige of organized goddess worship
    was eliminated by Christianity.”
    - Al Gore,
    Earth in the Balance

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “Christianity is our foe. If animal rights is to succeed,
    we must destroy the Judeo-Christian Religious tradition.”
    - Peter Singer, founder of Animal Rights

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “I pledge allegiance to the Earth and all its sacred parts.
    Its water, land and living things and all its human hearts.”
    - Global Education Associates,
    The Earth Pledge

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “By fostering a deep sense of connection to others and to the earth
    in all its dimensions, holistic education encourages a sense of
    responsibility to self to others and to the planet.”
    - Global Alliance for Transforming Education

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    “The earth is not dead matter. She is alive.
    Now begin to speak to the earth as you walk.
    You can speak out loud, or just talk to her in your mind.
    Send your love into her with your exhalation. Feel your
    heart touching upon the heart of the planet. Say to her
    whatever words come to you: Mother Earth, I love you.
    Mother Earth, I bless you. May you be healed. May all
    your creatures be happy. Peace to you, Mother Earth.
    On behalf of the human race, I ask forgiveness
    for having injured you. Forgive us, Mother Earth”
    - US Student Textbook,
    “Prayer to the Earth”
  • TypicleseTypiclese Posts: 385 Officer
    That last one is a gem....I'm asking for forgiveness from her right now....and for her to sway her influence over the Gulf council and Crabtree to permit a 6 month ARS season and a gag season commensurate to reds......
  • FV Miss MaryFV Miss Mary Posts: 497 Officer
    Typiclese wrote: »
    That last one is a gem....I'm asking for forgiveness from her right now....and for her to sway her influence over the Gulf council and Crabtree to permit a 6 month ARS season and a gag season commensurate to reds......

    You know the bicycle guy is will show up shortly. He is not quite as good as Tponator but still good for a chuckle.
  • TypicleseTypiclese Posts: 385 Officer
    I still maintain he is FlaFish incarnate
  • FV Miss MaryFV Miss Mary Posts: 497 Officer
    Oh you mean "flatfish"...I miss him.
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