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Environmental Crisis

"Environmentalists may be hard to live with, but they make great ancestors."
-- Andy Kerr, environmental consultant

"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe."
-- John Muir

"Leave the world better than you found it; take no more than you need; try not to harm life or the environment; make amends if you do."
-- Paul Hawken

"When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect."
-- Aldo Leopold

Law #3: "Nature knows best."
-- Barry Commoner, in The Closing Circle

"Jack London and Ernest Hemingway; confidence swaggering into the storm; Man against Nature. Of all the possible conflicts, that was the one that was hopeless. Even a slim education has taught her this: Man loses."
-- Barbara Kingsolver, in Flight Behavior

" When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake

rests in his beauty on the water; and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things...."
-- Wendell Berry, from "The Peace of Wild Things"

"We are speaking of love. A leaf, a handful of seed-- begin with these, learn a little what it is to love. First, a leaf, a fall of rain, then someone to receive what a leaf has taught you, what a fall of rain has ripened...love is a chain of love, as nature is a chain of life."
-- Truman Capote, in "The Grass Harp"

Food Water Energy Shelter Health Living sust Transport Community Matl Resrcs
World crisis Economics Environment Politics Systems thinking Alt. Technol. About us Index

This section was originally named just "Environment", but since almost all the news in it is bad, we renamed it. (For the good news, see the bottom of the page.)

Overviews of the environmental crisis:

Title Author, etc. Medium Topic Library Description
The End of Nature McKibben, Bill Book Environment ILL A classic work on our environmental crisis
Overshoot Catton, William Book Environment OIT How our population & resource consumption have out-stripped Earth's carrying capacity
Red Sky At Morning Speth, Gus Book Environment ILL America and the crisis of the global environment
The Serengeti Rules Sean Carroll Book Envir Kl Co A tour de force. Starts with rules describing molecular processes in body cells. Then does the same for animals living in the Serengeti. Finally brings it home to other parts of the globe, such as the Gorongosa Park in Mozambique, Africa. How to do it right, instead of wrong.
Tipping point for planet earth : how close are we to the edge? Anthony D. Barnosky book Envir crisis Kl Co
11thHour ? Video Envir crisis/LS Kl Co From 2007, many of the facts and images will be familiar, but still the impassioned warning is vital and important. Can we respond?

Pieces of the crisis:

The positive stuff:

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