Barry Commoner

Barry Commoner

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Author Profession: US Director, Center of the Biology of Natural Systems
Born: May 28, 1917
Age: 99 years old
Birth Sign: Gemini

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Environmental pollution is an incurable disease. It can only be prevented.

The first law of ecology is that everything is related to everything else.

Earth Day 1970 was irrefutable evidence that the American people understood the environmental threat and wanted action to resolve it.

If you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, you are looking the wrong way.

After all, despite the economic advantage to firms that employed child labor, it was in the social interest, as a national policy, to abolish it - removing that advantage for all firms.

There is no such thing as a free lunch.

The most meaningful engine of change, powerful enough to confront corporate power, may be not so much environmental quality, as the economic development and growth associated with the effort to improve it.

If you ask what you are going to do about global warming, the only rational answer is to change the way in which we do transportation, energy production, agriculture and a good deal of manufacturing. The problem originates in human activity in the form of the production of goods.

What I have experienced over time is that environmental problems are easier to deal with in ways that don't go into their interconnections to the rest of what we are.

The age of innocent faith in science and technology may be over.

Environmental concern is now firmly embedded in public life: in education, medicine and law; in journalism, literature and art.

I see no reason to have my shirts ironed. It's irrational.

It reflects a prevailing myth that production technology is no more amenable to human judgment or social interests than the laws of thermodynamics, atomic structure or biological inheritance.

Seen that way, the wholesale transformation of production technologies that is mandated by pollution prevention creates a new surge of economic development.

The environmental crisis arises from a fundamental fault: our systems of production - in industry, agriculture, energy and transportation - essential as they are, make people sick and die.

What is new is that environmentalism intensely illuminates the need to confront the corporate domain at its most powerful and guarded point - the exclusive right to govern the systems of production.

All of the clean technologies are known, it's a question of simply applying them.

Nature knows best.

No action is without its side effects.

The environmental crisis is a global problem, and only global action will resolve it.

My definition of a friend is somebody who adores you even though they know the things you're most ashamed of. Jodie Foster

One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is, I think, to have a happy childhood. Agatha Christie

You can live your life angry, bitter, mad at somebody or even guilty, not letting go of your own mistakes, but you won't receive the good things God has in store. Joel Osteen quotes

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