“When you study the history of rights, you begin with the Magna Carta, which was about the rights of white, English, noble males. With the Declaration of Independence, rights were expanded to all landowning white males. Nearly a century later, we moved to the emancipation of slaves, and during the beginnings of this century, to suffrage, giving the right to women to vote. Then the pace picks up with the Civil Rights Act in 1964, and then in 1973, the Endangered Species Act. For the first time, the right of other species and organisms to exist was recognized. We have essentially “declared” that Homo Sapiens are part of the web of life. Thus, if Thomas Jefferson were with us today, he would be calling for a Declaration of Interdependence which recognizes that our ability to pursue wealth, health, and happiness is dependent on other forms of life, that the rights of one species are linked to the rights of others and none should suffer remote tyranny.”- William McDonough, former Dean of the Architecture school in his “A Centennial Sermon: Design, Ecology, Ethics and the Making of Things

“Someone said, ‘Your life should be about finding the intersection of the world’s greatest need and your greatest passion.’ That always seemed right to me.” - Gary White, water expert and co-founder of Water.org

“When you are being asked to make the business case for sustainability — perhaps ask them to make the business case for being unsustainable.” - Ray Anderson

“Sustainability is the possibility that humans and other life will flourish on Earth forever.” – John Ehrenfeld

“In the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught”- Baba Dioum (Senegal)

“The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit” – Nelson Henderson

“If all the beasts were gone, men would die from great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to man. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth.” – Chief Seathl

“The study of Nature should be the study of survival”- Ian Player

“We’re going to have to make today’s status quo obsolete.” Hannah Jones, vice president of sustainable business and innovation for Nike

“Axel Munthe suggested that the ‘Missing Link’ was not some ape-like creature. We are the missing link. We are the missing link between our savage ancestors and the truly civilized people of the future” – James Clark

“Not many people get to say that they are in the most important place doing the most important work… but students get to say that!” – Bill McKibben

“’I hope sirs, that you can understand our legitimate and unavoidable impatience’” – Majora Carter quoting MLK

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