In Bangladesh alone, tens of millions are expected to have to flee from low-lying plains in coming years because of sea level rise and more severe weather, creating a migrant crisis that will make today’s pale in significance. With considerable justice, Bangladesh’s leading climate scientist says that “These migrants should have the right to move to the countries from which all these greenhouse gases are coming. Millions should be able to go to the United States.” And to the other rich countries that have grown wealthy while bringing about a new geological era, the Anthropocene, marked by radical human transformation of the environment. – Chomsky Noam
A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men. Our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects. – Herman Melville
All things are connected like the blood that unites us. We do not weave the web of life, we are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. – Chief Seattle
A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people. – Franklin D. Roosevelt
What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another. – Gandhi
The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river. – Ross Perot
The best friend of earth of man is the tree. When we use the tree respectfully and economically, we have one of the greatest resources on the earth. – Frank Lloyd Wright
Just a note, have seen no politician who planted a tree at the conference.