At Rio+20, Tai’Kaiya Blaney, 11, spoke — mic-check style — against a future where the land is filled with pipelines and oceans are empty of life.
Blaney’s a member of the Sliammon Nation in Canada and has already built up an impressive record as an environmental activist. She’s been fighting against tar-sands pipelines in Canada and has already been escorted off of pipeline company Enbridge’s property, as Yes! Magazine reported:
She thought she could hand deliver an envelope containing an important message about the company’s pipeline construction. But the doors remained locked.
“I don’t know what they find so scary about me,” she said, as she was ushered off the property by security guards. “I just want them to hear what I have to say.”
90% of large fish in the oceans are gone. 97% of native forests are destroyed. Our culture destroys landbases. 98% of native grasslands are destroyed. Each day 200 species are driven to extinction. Toxins are so prolific most mothers test positive for dioxins in their breast milk. Virtually ALL virgin forests in the USA are GONE. How can this be ignored?
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"To emotionally accept impending disaster, to attain the gut-level understanding that the power elite will not respond rationally to the devastation of the ecosystem, is as difficult to accept as our own mortality. The most daunting existential struggle of our time is to ingest this awful truth—intellectually and emotionally—and continue to resist the forces that are destroying us."
- Chris Hedges, January 2013
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“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children”
― Chief Seattle
A culture disconnected from wild nature becomes insane. - Toby Hemenway
"ECOCIDE is a crime against humanity, against current and future generations, and against all life on Earth.” - Polly Higgins
"For my part whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst and provide for it."
- Patrick Henry
“The question is whether any civilization can wage relentless war on life without destroying itself, and without losing the right to be called civilized.”
― Rachel Carson
"When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world."
- John Muir
“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
“Oh Beautiful for smoggy skies, insecticided grain,
For strip-mined mountain's majesty above the asphalt plain.
America, America, man sheds his waste on thee,
And hides the pines with billboard signs, from sea to oily sea.”
― George Carlin
“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”
― Theodore Roosevelt
“It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.”
― Ansel Adams