A knowledgeable and courageous U.S. president could help enormously in leading the world's nations toward saving the climate. After all, sustainability means running the global environment - Earth Inc. - like a corporation: with depreciation, amortization and maintenance accounts. In other words, keeping the asset whole, rather than undermining your natural capital. All is connected... no one thing can change by itself. Birds are indicators of the environment. If they are in trouble, we know we'll soon be in trouble. Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land. Earth Day 1970 was irrefutable evidence that the American people understood the environmental threat and wanted action to resolve it. Environmental concern is now firmly embedded in public life: in education, medicine and law; in journalism, literature and art. Environmental degradation, overpopulation, refugees, narcotics, terrorism, world crime movements, and organized crime are worldwide problems that don't stop at a nation's borders. Every time I have some moment on a seashore, or in the mountains, or sometimes in a quiet forest, I think this is why the environment has to be preserved. Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend; you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left. I can find God in nature, in animals, in birds and the environment. I consider myself to have been the bridge between the shotgun and the binoculars in bird watching. Before I came along, the primary way to observe birds was to shoot them and stuff them. I did not become a vegetarian for my health, I did it for the health of the chickens. I don't think we're going to save anything if we go around talking about saving plants and animals only; we've got to translate that into what's in it for us. I firmly believe that we can have a healthy environment and a sustainable timber industry. I see humanity now as one vast plant, needing for its highest fulfillment only love, the natural blessings of the great outdoors, and intelligent crossing and selection. I think Captain Cousteau might be the father of the environmental movement. I think the cost of energy will come down when we make this transition to renewable energy. I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend? I think the government has to reposition environment on top of their national and international priorities.
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