“They’re [coral reefs are] the richest ocean ecosystem, and if they are destroyed or severely damaged, a lot of the biological diversity simply goes away."
“Tug at a single thing in nature, and you will find it connected to the universe."
“[Overfishing] provides an example of how far-reaching the effects can be from overexploitation of fisheries, extending into areas where you would never expect to see impacts."
“If the reef is gone, we are gone."
[Azeez Hakeem on coral reefs in the Maldives]
“Don’t allow the misuse of water… Be careful about how much you use, and stop before the source starts to shrink."
[Rim Abdulovich Giniyatullin, member of the International Agency for the Aral Sea Program]
“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water."
“It [the Aral Sea disaster] could happen again. No one looked scientifically at what changing farming methods here would do. It could easily happen again and again. Human beings can be very stupid."
[Togian Ibragimova, the town of Muynak’s deputy mayor]
“All at last returns to the sea- to Oceanus, the ocean river, like the ever-flowing streams of time, the beginning and the end."
“When you drink the water, remember the spring."
“Our liquid planet glows like a soft blue sapphire in the hard-edged darkness of space. There is nothing else like it in the solar system. It is because of water."
“You could not step twice in the same river; for other waters are ever flowing to you."
“We never know the worth of water ’til the well is dry."
“A thing is right only when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the community, and the community includes the soil, waters, fauna, and flora, as well as people."
“Although the course may change sometimes, rivers always reach the sea."
“In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans."
“Water benefits all things and does not compete. It stays in the lowly places which others despise. Therefore it is near The Eternal."
“In the struggle between the stone and the water, in time, the water wins."
“The main ingredients of an environmental ethic are caring about the planet and all of its inhabitants, allowing unselfishness to control the immediate self-interest that harms others, and living each day so as to leave the lightest possible footprints on the planet."
“When it is asked how much it will cost to protect the environment, one more question should be asked: How much will it cost our civilization if we do not?"
“Animal and vegetable life is too complicated a problem for human intelligence to solve, and we can never know how wide a circle of disturbance we produce in the harmonies of nature when we throw the smallest pebble into the ocean of organic life."
[George Perkins Marsh]
“To promote conservation fishers and officials need to view fish as part of a larger ecological system, rather than simply as a commodity to extract."
[Anne Platt McGinn]