"Our land, compared with what it was, is like a skeleton of a body wasted by disease."
-- Plato, on the deforestation of Attica, 4th century B.C.
"This area, where today the houses are standing, was once like a forest. You could barely see that village in the distance through the trees. Now they have all gone, and we can only blame God for the crisis. Of course, we do not say that we have not played a part but we are not the main factor. After all, is it man who makes rain?"
-- Farmer, Mali, west Africa, 1990
"God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand straining, leveling tempests and floods; but he cannot save them from fools."
-- Joan Muir