Gifts at Changing The Present

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"Sustainability is a political choice, not a technical one. It's not a question of whether we can be sustainable, but whether we choose to be."

Gary Lawrence, Director of Seattle Planning Department

"The difference between animals and humans is that animals change themselves for the environment, but humans change the environment for themselves."

Ayn Rand

"Humans merely share the Earth. We can only protect the land, not own it. "

Chief Seattle

"A failure to address the problem of chronic hunger when the means are available to do so is, to put it very bluntly, murder on a large scale. Many people shudder at the use of such words, but, as a result of negligence, one in 8 humans will die many years before they should, ...simply because we have failed to ensure that they have enough to eat."

Andrew MacMillan, FAO

"All of life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied to a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly ."

Martin Luther King Jr.

"Sustainability is here to stay or we may not be ."

Niall Fitzgerald, Unilever

"Sustainable development is the peace policy of the future ."

Dr Klaus Topfer, UNEP Executive Director (2004)

"Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous, and they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bands."

Thomas Jefferson

"Surely we have the wit and will to develop economically without despoiling the very environment we depend upon ."

Tony Blair, 2001