"If you can see the light at the end of the tunnel you are looking the wrong way."
Nothing ever goes away
The first law of ecology is that everything is related to everything else.
everything is related to everything else.
No action is without its side effects.
When you fully understand the situation, it is worse than you think
Earth Day 1970 was irrefutable evidence that the American people understood the environmental threat and wanted action to resolve it.
The environmental crisis arises from a fundamental fault: our systems of production - in industry, agriculture, energy and transportation - essential as they are, make people sick and die.
Environmental concern is now firmly embedded in public life: in education, medicine and law; in journalism, literature and art.
The AEC scientists were so narrowly focused on arming the United States for nuclear war that they failed to perceive facts - even widely known ones - that were outside their limited field of vision.
The modern assault on the environment began about 50 years ago, during and immediately after World War II.
What is needed now is a transformation of the major systems of production more profound than even the sweeping post-World War II changes in production technology.
The most meaningful engine of change, powerful enough to confront corporate power, may be not so much environmental quality, as the economic development and growth associated with the effort to improve it.
The methods that EPA introduced after 1970 to reduce air-pollutant emissions worked for a while, but over time have become progressively less effective.
The weapons were conceived and created by a small band of physicists and chemists; they remain a cataclysmic threat to the whole of human society and the natural environment.