I have faith in how things seem to start again. That tale
of your one big chance is a lie told by consumed men.
We all have a responsibility to learn how to live and develop
sustainably in a world of finite resources.
– Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Whoever believes in continuous growth in a finite world is
either mad or an economist.
- Kenneth E. Boulding, cited by David Attenborough, People
The environmentalism I recognise is a challenge to power.
It confronts a system which allows a handful of people to dominate
our lives and capture our resources. The fame, the extreme wealth,
the disproportionate influence celebrated by power lists stand
in opposition to the values and principles that green thinking
power lists: Fatuous, invidious and misrepresentative
A garden is never so good as it will be next year.
- Thomas Cooper
The planet is what makes us profitable. We cannot be sustainable
if we cannot support the planet.
- Whistler Mayor Ken Melamed, fresh from a trip to a sustainability
conference in Sweden, Pique
What is sustainable is what holds. No society is sustainable
when injustice reigns. Sustainability is a 21st century word
What do we mean by sustainability? It is the overriding disideratum
that we should live without destroying future prosperity. Sustainability
is integral to our sense of ourselves as a nation because we
must achieve it if we are truly to call this continent 'ours.'
- Tim Flannery, Beautiful Lies
How do you develop sustainability in an on-demand world with
a short-attention span?
Unless we use natural resources in a sustainable way, we are
mining the future. Unless the relationships between our citizens
are respectful and inclusive, we are a divided and diminished
- Rick Farley, Australia
Day 2003 Address
Society is indeed a contract . . . between those who are living,
those who are dead, and those who are to be born.
- Edmund Burke
One generation plants the trees. Another gets the shade.
- Chinese Proverb
Development from outside organizations, governments, and businesses
is necessary for the nation to move forward but it must be on
our terms... Those against development or wishing to profit
from it, use these arguments to hijack the development agenda
and development money. Development will only work if leaders
that are dedicated to Honduras,
to her sustained improvement, and to a national dream, lead
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Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair
for the future of the human race.
- H.G. Wells
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must
- Albert Einstein
There are entire communities and entire countries that have
learned to take advantage of the 'project' scheme of development.
There is no real 'ownership' of any particular project because
as soon as the current project plays out and the jobs and purchase
orders are all gone, they start looking for another one to take
Dar pistas hacia la sustenabilidad que otros pueden seguir.
(Leave a trail toward sustainability by showing the path you
took that others could follow.)
Surely it is 'about nudging people along the continuum' to stop
the pig-ignorant and filthy to be a little more considerate,
to get the concerned to take another step further, and so on.
Not the big leap, but the small step that makes the journey.
However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look
at the results.
- Winston Churchill
I came away from the World Ecotourism Summit excited by the
positive energy and the passion and commitment of countless
people. However, I also came away with the realization that
there is a tremendous 'divide' between the international agencies
and the indigenous leadership. The buzzword in the research
and at the conferences is that 'local people' need 'capacity
building.' With all due sincere respect, I would like to suggest
that there is also a need for 'capacity building' within the
international agencies themselves.
- Consultant quoted in Reflections
on the International Year of Ecotourism
Being strapped for funds -- the norm for conservation in Olancho
-- should never be reason for inaction. Some of the most important
and genuinely sustainable projects are extensive conversations
which don't cost anything.
- Mark Bonta, Seven
Names for the Bellbird
Mahatma Gandhi was once asked, 'What do you think of Western
civilization?' and he replied, 'I think it would be a good idea.'
Sarvodaya headquarters has been dependent on foreign assistance,
and its self-help and appropriate technology programs supported
by Dutch, German and American agencies. So the question arises
as to how seriously the Movement takes this matter of self-reliance.
In reply to this question, Ariyaratne (founder of the community)
makes several points. In the light of the structural inequalities
at work in our world today, and considering the state of material
and psychological dependence existing in the impoverished countries,
self-reliance, he says, is a relative term and not to be equated
with financial independence.
- Joanna Macy, World
as Lover, World as Self