"Bumper sticker slogans - rather than sound science - dominate
the environmental debate. We all bear the cost in the form of regulations
that don't work, litigation that no one understands, and recurrent crisis
that should have been avoided." - Denis Hayes, Executive Director
of Earth Day 1970, on the occasion of Earth Day's 25th anniversary.
"If current predictions of population growth prove accurate...
science and technology may not be able to prevent either irreversible degradation
of the environment or continued poverty for much of the world. This sobering
observation confronts us with the challenge to significantly reduce population
growth in the next few years and achieve population stability before the
mid-21st century." - Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day Co-Founder, on the
occasion of Earth Day's 25th anniversary
"In the early 19th century the planet Earth could sustain only
one billion people. Ten thousand years ago, only four million could keep
themselves alive. Now, five billion people are living longer and more healthily
than ever before. This increase in the world's population represents our
triumph over death. I would expect lovers of humanity to jump with joy
at this triumph of human mind and organization over the raw forces of nature.
But many people lament that there are so many humans alive to enjoy the
gift of life." -- the late Dr. Julian Simon, from his book "Scarcity
or Abundance? A Debate on the Environment"
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