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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





 

"The philosophy of the Stoney Tribe is to live in harmony with nature and in accordance with the Great Spirit, respecting all things He has created. If you destroy nature or the environment, you are ultimately destroying yourself. If you protect and preserve nature and the environment, you are protecting yourself."
                                        Chief John Snow, These Mountains Are Our Sacred Places

"Life is not only human life, but the life of the forest, the trees, the elements of nature, and so on. The elders were saying that unless modern society is in tune with those things, it will continue to destroy, to pollute, and to make bigger machines and greater weapons that eventually will destroy the planet earth. The elders believe we must teach all of our brothers and sisters that life is interrelated, and we must live in harmony in the renewal process of the seasons. . . If we begin to mar and destroy the rhythms and harmonies of Nature w are destroying Earth and its inhabitants, including humankind."
                                        Chief John Snow, These Mountains Are Our Sacred Places

Only after the last tree
Has been cut down,
Only after the last river
Has been poisoned,
Only after the last fish
Has been caught,
Only then
Will you find that money
Cannot be eaten.

Cree Indian Prophesy

 




"James Hansen [a highly respected scientist] warned [in March 2016] that, on our current emissions trajectory, we face 'the loss of all coastal cities, most of the world's large cities and all their history'––and not in thousands of years from now but as soon as this century."
                                        Naomi Klein, On The (Burning) Case for  a Green New Deal

"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
 

"The health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever. We are eroding the very foundations of economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide. We have lost time. We must act now."
Robert Watson, Chair, United Nations' Intergovernmental Science-Policy on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service, May 2019

"The planet has warmed by about 1 degree Celsius since we began burning coal on an industrial scale and average temperatures are on track to rise by as much as four times that amount before the century is up . . . keeping temperatures below the 1.5 degree Celcius threshold is humanity's best chance of avoiding truly catastrophic unraveling. . . the fossil fuel corporations . . . have funded a decades-long campaign of disinformation, obfuscation, and straight-up lies about the reality of global warming . . .
Clean tech and renewables create far more jobs than coal, oil, and gas. As for the supposedly prohibitive costs, trillions have been marshaled for endless wars, bank bailouts, and subsidies for fossil fuels, in the same years that coffers have been virtually empty for climate transition."

Naomi Klein, On The (Burning) Case for  a Green New Deal

"SCHOOL STRIKE FOR THE CLIMATE
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 as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if the house is on fire, because it is."

Greta Thunberg


"Reduce reuse, recycle."
Environmentalisms three Rs


DON'T BUY STUFF YOU DON'T NEED. SAVE THE PLANET