Today is the last day of April. So, to continue our Earth Month commemoration, we ask our friends at Rachel’s network to share some of her favorite quotes from women environmentalists who inspire us to live every day with the same enthusiasm and awareness we show on Earth Day.
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will last as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature: the certainty that dawn comes after night and spring after winter.
—raquel carsoncatalyst of the modern environmental movement and author of silent spring
“An individual cannot make a difference on their own. It is the individual, collective efforts that make a noticeable difference, all the difference in the world!”
—Dr Jane GoodallDBE, primatologist
“After all, the environment is where we all come together, where we all have a common interest. It’s one thing we all share. It is not just a mirror of ourselves, but a lens that focuses what we can become.
—lady bird johnsonFirst Lady of the United States (1963-1969)
“[Sustainability:] It’s the right thing to do, the smart thing to do, the profitable thing to do.”
—L.Hunter Lovinssustainable business guru and founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions
“Education, if it means anything, it shouldn’t drive people away from the land, but instill even more respect for it, because educated people are in a position to understand what they’re missing. The future of the planet concerns us all, and we must all do what we can to protect it. As I told the rangers and the women, you don’t need a diploma to plant a tree.”
—Wangari MaathaiNobel Peace Prize winner and author of erect
“Every aspect of our lives is, in a sense, a vote for the kind of world we want to live in.”
—Frances Moore Lappéauthor of diet for a small planet
“Even if you never get a chance to see or touch the ocean, the ocean touches you with every breath you take, every drop of water you drink, every bite you consume. Everyone, everywhere is inextricably connected and completely dependent on the existence of the sea.”
—Dr. Silvia Earleoceanographer and author of the world is blue
“To be complete. Being complete. The wild reminds us of what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from.”
—terry tempest williamsnaturalist and “citizen writer”
“A healthy ecology is the foundation of a healthy economy.”
—claudine schneiderformer US representative from Rhode Island, in The green Lifestyle Manual
Rachel’s Network, named after Rachel Carson, is a vibrant community of women who came together at the intersection of the environment, philanthropy, and women’s leadership. Dr. Jane Goodall, L. Hunter Lovins, Dr. Sylvia Earle, and Terry Tempest Williams serve as advisors to the Network.
Sources: Goodreads.com; EPA.gov; NationalGeographic.org, GreenBiz.com