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  • We are living beyond our means. As a people we have developed a life-style that is draining the earth of its priceless and irreplaceable resources without regard for the future of our children and people all around the world.

    • Margaret Mead,
    • "The Energy Crisis -- Why Our World Will Never Again Be the Same," in Redbook ()
  • Feeling that morality has nothing to do with the way you use the resources of the world is an idea that can't persist much longer. If it does, then we won't.

  • There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there, good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate.

  • The price of peace is to abandon greed and replace it with giving, so that none will be spiritually injured by having more than they need while others in the world still have less than they need.

  • When there is a world scarcity of any commodity, whether it's food or free speech, then the whole world must go on rations in order that eventually the whole world may have it again in plenty.

    • Jan Struther,
    • "Freedom of Speech," A Pocketful of Pebbles ()
  • ... much agricultural land which might be growing food is being used instead to 'grow' money (in the form of coffee, tea, etc.).

  • ... in a world where only a minor portion of the land is really well suited to agriculture, man is using much of the best land with dubious efficiency.

  • ... our heavily meat-centered culture is at the very heart of our waste of the earth's productivity ...

  • The underground world is a unique scientific resource and a place of incredible beauty. It is also a very fragile environment that can be easily damaged. Caves are a nonrenewable natural resource. Unlike a forest that can be replanted with trees, caves can never be replaced once they have been harmed.

    • Nancy Holler Aulenbach,
    • in Nancy Holler Aulenbach and Hazel A. Barton, with Marfél Ferguson Delano, Exploring Caves: Journeys Into the Earth ()