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Barbara Ward
(23 May 1914 - 31 May 1981)

English economist and writer who was a pioneer of sustainable development, which she expressed in Only One Earth (1972), which she co-authored with Renι Dubos, and her earlier book, Spaceship Earth (1966).

Science Quotes by Barbara Ward (3 quotes)

We cannot cheat on DNA. We cannot get round photosynthesis. We cannot say I am not going to give a damn about phytoplankton. All these tiny mechanisms provide the preconditions of our planetary life. To say we do not care is to say in the most literal sense that “we choose death.”
— Barbara Ward
In Maurice F. Strong (ed.), Who Speaks For Earth (1973), 31. In Robert Andrews, The Columbia Book of Quotations (1993), 261.
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We have forgotten how to be good guests, how to walk lightly on the earth as its other creatures do.
— Barbara Ward
The Stockholm Conference: Only One Earth (1972), 24.
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[To the cultures of Asia and the continent of Africa] it is the Western impact which has stirred up the winds of change and set the processes of modernization in motion. Education brought not only the idea of equality but also another belief which we used to take for granted in the West—the idea of progress, the idea that science and technology can be used to better human conditions. In ancient society, men tended to believe themselves fortunate if tomorrow was not worse than today and anyway, there was little they could do about it.
— Barbara Ward
Lecture at State University of Iowa (6 Apr 1961). In Barbara Ward, The Unity of the Free World (1961), 12.
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