“To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed.”
Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States
"The debate is over. The vast majority of the scientific community has spoken. Climate change is real, it is caused by human activity, and it is already caused devastating harm here in the United States, and to people all around the globe. So what are we going to do about it? We will act boldly to move our energy system away from fossil fuels, toward energy efficiency and sustainable energy sources like wind, solar, and geothermal because we have a moral responsiblity to leave our kids a planet that is healthy and habitable.
Bernie Sanders, Senator from Vermont
"I can only hope and pray..... that governments, international institutions, scientists, companies, farmers' organisations and others will act with renewed determination to protect, cherish and restore their soils, forests and peatlands before the situation becomes irreversible, as climate scientists are constantly warning."
Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales.
Image: Arnaud Bouissou
"In the course of history, there comes a time when humanity is called to shift to a new level of consciousness, to reach a higher moral ground. A time when we have to shed our fears and give hope to each other. That time is now."
Wangari Muta Maathai, internationally renowned Kenyan environmental political activist and Nobel laureate.
Photo credit: Martin Rowe
"The climate bill has finally come due. Who will pay? Right now it is being paid by the smallest and most vulnerable. We see a small toll exacted every day as our shorelines are surely eroded. Small island communities are amoung the first to pay the price of climate change but no one will escape forever."
Baron Waqa, President of Nauru
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