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February 6, 2020

Ansel Adams

(1902 - 1984)

"It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment."
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Aldo Leopold

Author, ecologist, forester, and
nature writer (1887 - 1948)

"We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.
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Wangari Maathai

Kenyan political activist (1940 - 2011)

"We owe it to ourselves and to the next generation to conserve the environment so that we can bequeath our children a sustainable world that benefits all."
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Margaret Mead

Cultural Anthropologist (1901 - 1978)

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
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John Muir

Naturalist and Sierra
Club founder (1831 - 1914)

"Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean."
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Robert Redford

Actor, environmentlist and founder
of the Sundance Film Festival (1936 - )

"I think Ithe environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?"

Henry David Thoreau

Author, poet, philosopher (1817 - 1862)

"Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it."
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Barbara Ward

From "Only One Earth (1972)"

"We have forgotten how to be good guests, how to walk lightly on the earth as its other creatures do."
• More of Barbara Ward's Words