Category Archives: Quotations

Quote 6. Practical Advice to Environmentalists, quoted by Stephanie Mills

  Save the Earth.  Pitch In. Help Out.  A very little goes a long way.  If you’re interested call.  Don’t stop trying. This advice appears in the Stephanie Mills book In Praise of Nature (p.165).  Mills mentions that sometime around 1990 four little girls who had learned that the Earth was endangered were visiting homes […]

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Quote 5. William H. Whyte & Kalamazoo’s Own Walden Woods

The woods and meadows that so attracted [new residents] disappeared as soon as developers got around to building on them, and if the residents wanted to find what other nature features would be next to go, they had only to check the names of the subdivisions being planned. When a developer puts a woods into the […]

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L. A. Kenoyer on Saving Newton Woods

The essay that follows is a radio address by Leslie Alva Kenoyer, who served from 1922 to 1953 as Professor and Chairman of the Biology Department at Western Michigan University –at that time Western State Teachers College .  The piece is dated April 16, 1935.  It was written for Western’s Radio Hour, which was evidently a continuing feature […]

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Quote 4, Jeremy Grantham on human population size as the latest bubble

Whether the stable population will be 1.5 billion or 5 billion, the question is: How do we get there?… I have no doubt we’re going to have a bad hundred years.  We have the resources to gracefully handle the transition, but we won’t.  We apparently can’t. –Jeremy Grantham   Jeremy Grantham is an investment strategist […]

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Quote 3, John Eastman on Wetlands as Wilderness

And the fount of biodiversity is wilderness.  Today, American forest wilderness exists, when at all, in patches, “museum cases” of public lands, which give only pallid ideas of the large biodiversity our ancestors blithely relinquished. Wetland wilderness, however has not fallen quite so far…. Although many surviving wetlands have indeed suffered irreversible changes… it is […]

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Quote 2, Henry David Thoreau on Preserving Land

  Each town should have a park, or rather a primitive forest, of five hundred or a thousand acres, where a stick should never be cut for fuel, a common possession forever, for instruction and recreation. We hear of cow-commons and ministerial lots, but we want men-commons and lay lots, inalienable forever….   All Walden […]

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More About Aldo Leopold’s Subversive Ideas

@Dick Klade in Comment 3 to preceding post Thanks for restoring the interesting lost section of your comment. It’s not surprising that Leopold’s ideas didn’t always suit the bureaucracy.  Ecology is the subversive science, as Paul Sears said. The game managers seemed to accept Leopold early.  As an undergraduate in 1953 or 1954, I had […]

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Quote 1, Aldo Leopold and the Odyssey of Evolution

Every once in a while someone puts a thought so well that other people ought to know about it.  As I come across such a wise saying, or wise crack, I’ll put it in a post like this, for a while at least. Here’s the first one. We know now what was unknown to all […]

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