Preservation, Frugality, Green Living, Anti-Pollution, Saving Natural Resources

 Quotes for Gardeners, Lovers of the Green Way, and Friends of the Earth

 Compiled by Michael P. Garofalo   


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Conservation, Green Living, Simplicity, Reducing Consumption


"A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children."
-  John James Audubon, 1785 - 1851


"To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase it's usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very property which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed."
-  Theodore Roosevelt, 1858 - 1919  


"It isn't pollution that's harming the environment.
It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it."
Dan Quayle  


"Over the long haul of life on this planet, it is the ecologists, and not the bookkeepers of business, who are the ultimate accountants."
-  Stewart Udall  


“To those devoid of imagination a blank place on the map is a useless waste; to others, the most valuable part.” 
-  Aldo Leopold


“My two favourite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: riding a bike to the library.” 
-  Peter Golkin


"We are all fools!   Blinded with greed, we rape the earth and declare ourselves its masters.  We glut ourselves with the riches, cut the forests down like wheat, and jingling our dollars cannot hear the voice of intolerable unrest within us.  Beware America!  The earth too has a voice which someday we must answer." 
-  Frank Waters, The Dust Within the Rock, 1940  


"We could have saved the Earth but we were too damned cheap."
-  Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.   


"In the end, we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we have been taught."
-  Baba Dioum  


"We learn from our gardens to deal with the most urgent question of the time: How much is enough?"
-  Wendell Berry


"Save the whales. Collect the whole set."
-  Author Unknown  


"Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace."
-  Albert Schweitzer  


"It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on earth, and if we can teach our children to honor nature's gifts, the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever."
-  Jimmy Carter


"If the earth is man's extended body, to be loved and respected as one's own body, those who do no greening of themselves will hardly bring about the greening of America.   The idea of 'greening' involves color, flowering, freshness of spring, and, above all, respect for what is organic and vegetative as distinct from the mechanical and metallic."
-   Alan Watts, Cloud-Hidden, Whereabouts Unknown, 1968, p. 111  




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"Man has been endowed with reason, with the power to create, so that he can add to what he's been given.   But up to now he hasn't been a creator, only a destroyer.   Forests keep disappearing, rivers dry up, wild life's become extinct, and the climate's ruined and the land
grows poorer and uglier every day."
-  Anton Pavlovich Chekhov  


“Wildness is the preservation of the World.” 
-  Henry David Thoreau


“I really wonder what gives us the right to wreck this poor planet of ours.” 
-  Kurt Vonnegut


"We say we love flowers, yet we pluck them.
We say we love trees, yet we cut them down.
And people still wonder why some are afraid

when told they are loved."


"Modern society will find no solution to the ecological problem unless it takes a serious look at its lifestyle."
-  Pope John Paul II


“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” 
-  Gary Snyder


“To be poor and be without trees, is to be the most starved human being in the world. To be poor and have trees, is to be completely rich in ways that money can never buy.” 
-  Clarissa Pinkola Estés, The Faithful Gardener


"Only after the last tree has been cut down.  Only after the last river has been poisoned.  Only after the last fish has been caught. Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten."
-  Cree Indian Prophecy 


“Oh Beautiful for smoggy skies, insecticided grain,
For strip-mined mountain's majesty above the asphalt plain.
America, America, man sheds his waste on thee,
And hides the pines with billboard signs, from sea to oily sea.” 
-  George Carlin



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"We must plant the sea and herd its animals. Using the sea as farmers instead of hunters.  That is what civilization is all about - farming replacing hunting."
-  Jacques Cousteau  


"Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees."
-  Revelation 7:3 


"The frog does not drink up the pond in which it lives."
-  Chinese Proverb 


“Destroying rainforest for economic gain is like burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal.” 
-  Edward O. Wilson


"What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another."
-  Chris Maser, Forest Primeval


"Upon the rivers which are tributary to the Mississippi and also upon those which empty themselves into Lake Michigan, there are interminable forests of pine, sufficient to supply all the wants of the citizens … for all time to come."
-  Ben C. Eastman, Wisconsin Congressman, 1852


"I have come to terms with the future.
From this day onward I will walk easy on the earth.
Plant trees.
Kill no living things.
Live in harmony with all creatures.
I will restore the earth where I am.
Use no more of its resources than I need.
And listen, listen to what it is telling me."
-  M.J. Slim Hooey


"We who revel in nature's diversity and feel instructed by every animal tend to brand Homo sapiens as the greatest catastrophe since the Cretaceous extinction."
-  Stephen Jay Gould


“We rich nations, for that is what we are, have an obligation not only to the poor nations, but to all the grandchildren of the world, rich and poor. We have not inherited this earth from our parents to do with it what we will. We have borrowed it from our children and we must be careful to use it in their interests as well as our own. Anyone who fails to recognise the basic validity of the proposition put in different ways by increasing numbers of writers, from Malthus to The Club of Rome, is either ignorant, a fool, or evil.” 
-  Moss Cass


“The Holy Land is everywhere” 
-  Black Elk









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Ways to Reduce Energy Consumption
Ways to Conserve Natural and Mental Resources in Our Lives
Ideas from Mike Garofalo

I live in Northern California, in the North Sacramento Valley, in Tehama County, near Red Bluff, California.  We have a Mediterranean climate, USA climate Zone 9. 
Rain comes in the winter months, and nearly no rain from June until October.  Our winters are mild with no snow, and our summers quite hot and dry.  We live in a rural area that features groves of almonds, olives, and walnuts; and cattle grazing.  My primary interests are in the Northwestern United States of America, i.e., from Sacramento to San Jose and then north into Western Canada; including British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, and Northern California. 

My observations, ideas, tips, and suggestions come from this geographical perspective, rural living, and travels in the Northwester USA area. 



Seal off cracks or spaces in doors and windows.  Keep doors and windows closed.
Do you really need to heat the whole house at night in warmer climates?  An electrical blanket might be sufficient. 
Wear warm clothes inside.  Keep your head warm. 



Plant deciduous shrubs and trees on the sunny sides of your home. 



Cover all windows facing the sun with roll down screens.  Keep your house darkened in the hot summer months.
Use white window sun screens. 
Insulate your attic, install attic fans, reduce loss of energy though the attic and roof. 
Set your air-conditioning thermostat to a lower temperature in the summer, e.g, 80F. 
Use a evaporative cooler in locales with lower humidity. 



All Year - Energy Conservation

Turn off all unneeded and unnecessary electrical lights in your home.
Use Star-certified lower wattage lights. 
Turn off all electrical appliances when you go to bed at night. 
Check your electrical meter and compare with electric utility bills. 
Lower your water heater temperature to 120 degrees, and/or buy more efficient water heaters.
Don't waste any water.  Fix all drips and leaks.  Schedule and meter release water. 
Write to your elected officials and encourage them to adopt Green Positive legislation. 
Coordinate shopping trips to reduce mileage driven.  Share rides with friends. 
Take vacations closer to your home.  Travel the world using documentary and travel films/video. 
Use mass transit when possible. 
Change the filters on your air-conditioning and furnace filters. 
Use a programmable thermostat on your air-conditioning system. 
Seek more small scale solutions to your local energy conservation needs. 


All Year - Mental Conservation and Reorientation

Watch less television.  Avoid negative, anti-Green, trivial and useless radio and television programs. 
Read books and articles about the Green Revolution, conservation, environmentalism, renewable energy, simple living. 
Write to your elected officials and encourage them to adopt Green Positive legislation. 
Travel the world using documentary and travel films/video. 
Seek, cultivate, and appreciate Beauty.
Avoid and discourage gun worshippers and pro gun nuts. 
Learn about the energy provider options in your area. 

Long Term Investments

Upgrade your appliances to more energy efficient models if possible. 
Insulate your attic, install attic fans, reduce loss of energy though the attic and roof. 
Paint your roof white.
Use solar energy systems in your home.  
Ride a bicycle or moped. 
Drive a smaller car that gets more miles per gallon. 











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