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"The power of population is indefinitely greater than the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man."
                                                                         Thomas Robert Malthus, 1798

"Let us not be very hopeful about our human conquest over nature. For each such victory, nature manages to take her revenge."
                                                                                                  Friedrich Engels


Free Press Prairie Farmer, Winnipeg, 31 October 1917




Unclean Water Can Kill, Have it Tested. LAC, Acc. No. R1300-341, 1944








"Civilization is being poisoned by its own waste products."
                                                     Dean William Ralph Inge

"The problem of population is the problem of our age."
                                                              Julian Huxley

"The most alarming of all man's assaults upon the environment is the contamination of air, earth, rivers and sea . . . this pollution is for the most part irrecoverable."
                                                                                                Rachel Carson

"Man is the only organism known that lives by destroying the environment indispensible to his survival."
                                                                                    William Vogt, 1963




"Any fine morning a power saw can fell a tree that took a thousand years to grow."
Edwin Way Teale, Autumn Across America

"We will not barter a clean and wholesome environment for industrial or commercial growth and call it progress."
Pierre Elliot Trudeau, 30 May 1967

"...and I'd like to see the other two levels of government doing something about pollution.". LAC, Acc. No. 1988-243-241, Estate of Len Norris 20 September 1968
















White Owl Conservation Award: 'Some day son, all this will be yours'. LAC, 1984-92-190, Ben Wicks 1970-1979


April Fool! Pollution Probe at The University of Toronto. LAC, 1984-92-131, 1970-1979



LOCAL FRESH CLAMS - WARNING-SHELLFISH CONTAMINATED - BAN. LAC, Acc. No. 1988-243-368, Estate of Len Norris 18 May 1973


George Shane, LAC 1991-26-387




"We can't live for more than a few minutes without air, a few days without water, a few weeks without food. Yet we continue to destroy the very things that keep us alive and in the process rob our children of a future."
                                     Anita Gordon and David Suzuki, It's a Matter of Survival, 1990


"Once it took Haida Indians in the Queen Charlotte Islands more than a year to cut down a single giant cedar. When the Europeans arrived with the technological know-how – the two-men saw and steel ax – the task was shortened to a week. Today, one man with a portable chain saw can fell that tree in an hour."
                                     Anita Gordon and David Suzuki, It's a Matter of Survival, 1990

"We are like the yeast in a vat – mindlessly multiplying as we greedily devour a finite world. If we do not change our ways, we will perish as the yeast perish – having exhausted our sustenance and poisoned ourselves in the lethal brew of our own wastes."
                                                                                             Farley Mowat, 1990


"We cannot continue to mortgage our children's futures by opting for short-term profit and power. We need a radically different notion of society's priorities, a redefinition of the word progress and our relationship with nature."
David Suzuki, Empire Club speech, 8 December 1988


"We were taught that, if we take care of Mother Earth, it would take care of us."
                                                                                                    Bev Sellars

"No trees, no fish, no jobs."
                        Protest sign

"Only when the last tree has died and the last river poisoned and the last fish been caught will we  realize we cannot eat money."
                                                                                       Cree proverb 1992

George Shane


"If you take care of and respect the land you live on, the land will take care of you."
Chilcotin elders


2002, Provincial Archives of Alberta, PR2004.0675.0378

"Adults keep saying we owe it to the young people, to give them hope. But I don't want your hope. I don't want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. I want you to act. I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if the house is on fire, because it is."
              Greta Thunberg, World Economic Forum, Davos Switzerland, 29 January 2019