Ecologist Quotes (7 quotes)
An ecologist is a voice crying over the wilderness.
At first, the people talking about ecology were only defending the fishes, the animals, the forest, and the river. They didnt realize that human beings were in the forestand that these humans were the real ecologists, because they couldnt live without the forest and the forest couldnt be saved without them.
In a manner which matches the fortuity, if not the consequence, of Archimedes bath and Newtons apple, the [3.6 million year old] fossil footprints were eventually noticed one evening in September 1976 by the paleontologist Andrew Hill, who fell while avoiding a ball of elephant dung hurled at him by the ecologist David Western.
The ecologist cannot remain a voice crying in the wildernessif he is to be heard and understood.
The greatest spiritual revolutionary Western history, Saint Francis, proposed what he thought was an alternative Christian view of nature and mans relation to it: he tried to substitute the idea of the equality of creatures, including man, for the idea of mans limitless rule of creation. He failed. Both our present science and our present technology are so tinctured with orthodox Christian arrogance toward nature that no solution for our ecologic crisis can be expected from them alone. Since the roots of our trouble are so largely religious, the remedy must also be essentially religious, whether we call it that or not. We must rethink and refeel our nature and destiny. The profoundly religious, but heretical, sense of the primitive Franciscans for the spiritual autonomy of all parts of nature may point a direction. I propose Francis as a patron saint for ecologists.
The rise of the ecologist almost exactly parallels the decline of the naturalist.
The world makes a messy laboratory for ecologists, a cauldron of five million interacting species. Or is it fifty million? Ecologists do not actually know.