Never neglect details. Sustainable development requires human ingenuity. Perfect practice makes perfect sense. It doesn't matter if someone dies. Resilience might be more useful, in that it assumes a dynamic environment and that perfection is impossible. Please credit the author when reproducing any of the quotes listed on this website. It is consumerism - Jonathon Porritt (2007), You never change things by fighting the existing reality. Better family planning helps humans and animals at the same time - Population Matters (April 2018), ...democracy cannot survive overpopulation. Quotes Corner > Sustainability, climate change, population Quotes Corner Sustainability, climate change, population. The question is: What are we busy about? You can not inspect quality into an artifact. These events will have enormous implications for America's petroleum-dependent food system - Richard Heinberg, lecture to the E. F. Schumacher Society, Massachusetts, 28 October 2006, Britain has squandered its windfall of natural resources from North Sea oil and gas. Starve your distraction and feed your focus. The scientific evidence tells us all we need to know: carry on with business-as-usual growth-at-all-costs, and we're stuffed - Jonathon Porritt, article 'Living within our means' (21 March 2009), Can nine billion people be fed? If we don't allocate the resources needed to mitigate the rising risk from severe weather events, global prosperity for future generations could be threatened. Maintain realistic in your goals and reward yourself. If we persevere, however, we will put our economy back on a path of growth and sustainability. Anyone over the age of 50, given reasonable good luck, can expect life to go on much as it is now until we achieve our generous life expectancy. Stay out of misery. You could be eating termites. But it is evident that two of the pillars - economic and social - are subsidiary to, and underpinned by, the third: a vibrant global ecology. Simply put, girls and women are the keys that will unlock sustainable development. - Phil Harding, Saltford (2013), I have no doubt that the fundamental source of all our problems, particularly our environmental problems, is population growth - Sir David Attenborough (2016), I started making television programmes in the 1950s. Contact, Quotes Corner > Sustainability, climate change, population. Download Nulled WordPress Themes. It is bursting at the seams. So-called 'sustainable development'... is meaningless drivel. They're incredibly plentiful. A safe and nutritionally adequate diet is a basic individual right and an essential condition for sustainable development, especially in developing countries. The earth can survive happily without people or profit - Dave Hampton (letter to the Financial Times, November 2004), There can be no sustainable development without sustainable energy development - Margot Wallstrom, European Union Environmental Commissioner (2004), We live not, in reality, on the summit of a solid earth but at the bottom of an ocean of air - Thales of Miletus (c.625 - 545 BC), Sustainable development is a unique insurance policy where the 'claims' are enormously bigger than all its 'premiums' put together - Sucharit Sadanand Rajadhyaksha (writer and commentator), Sustainable development: Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs - "Our Common Future" World Commission on Environment and Development report, 1987, chaired by Mrs Gro Harlem Brundtland, Sustainable development is a process which enables all people to realise their potential and to improve their quality of life in ways which protect and enhance the Earth's life support systems - Sarah Parkin, Forum for the Future, We do not accept that human society should be constructed on the basis of a savage principle of the survival of the fittest - Thabo Mbeki, President, S.Africa opening World Summit on Sustainable Development, Johannesburg, August 2002, Environmental awareness is something total. Hard work keeps the wrinkles out of the mind and spirit. That is the vital challenge of sustainable development. It is about changing our behaviour and mindset to reduce power and water consumption, thereby helping to control emissions and pollution levels. We tend to be thoughtful people who like nothing better than a philosophical debate beginning with the words 'it depends on how you define sustainable development'. Meanwhile, as a nation we should place a stronger focus on more sustainable extensive systems of meat production such as pasture-fed cattle, rather than on highly intensive grain-fed livestock units - Sir Malcolm Bruce MP, Chairman, International Development Committee, announcing "Global Food Security" report, June 2013, For the UK, not to grow the food which it could, and to use imports as a substitute for produce which could perfectly well be grown here, is a waste of potential - Barling, Sharpe, & Lang 'Rethinking Britain's Food Security' City University London (Centre for Food Policy) research report for Soil Association (2008), Food drives the world; apart from clean water, access to adequate food is the primary concern for most people on earth. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction - Albert Einstein, Kindly leave this planet as you would wish to find it - unattributable, The environment is everything else except me - Albert Einstein, There are two certainties in life: "Death" and "Waste Production" - source unknown, The future has no shelf life - Warren Bennis, Professor of Business Administration, University of Southern California, The future is already here, it's just not evenly distributed - William Gibson (author), The future isn't what it used to be - Arthur C Clarke, The past does not equal the future - Anthony Robbins, The past is another country, they do things differently there - opening words to "The Go-Between" (1953), L P Hartley 1895-1972, We can chart our future clearly and wisely only when we know the path which has led to the present - Adlai E Stevenson, You never reach the promised land.