Earth Day Quotes and Lehitraot for Now

I have very much enjoyed blogging for Jewcology over the past two years, however, due to the upcoming bar exam in July, I will be taking a hiatus from my monthly post. It has been an honor and truly thrilling for me to take part and witness Jewcology develop and blossom from a seedling of an idea among a group of innovative Jews coming together for a week in Israel, into a thriving community.

In honor of Earth Day, I want to post a series of quotes from individuals who have inspired the environmental movement in the United States and beyond.

We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us.
When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and

"There are some of us who can live without wild things, and some who cannot. For us of the minority, the opportunity to see geese or wild flowers is a right as inalienable as free speech."

" That land is a community is the basic concept of ecology, but that land is to be loved and respected is an extension of ethics.

Rachel Carson

“The question is whether any civilization can wage relentless war on life without destroying itself, and without losing the right to be called civilized.”

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”

“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.

More Great Quotes from the EPA Region 2 Website:

"We have forgotten how to be good guests, how to walk lightly on the earth as its other creatures do." Barbara Ward, Only One Earth, 1972.

"We owe our lives to the sun… How is it, then, that we feel no gratitude?" – Lewis Thomas, Earth Ethics, Summer 1990.

"The ultimate test of man's conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard." – Gaylord Nelson, former governor of Wisconsin, founder of Earth Day

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