Anyone who tries to improve the lives of animals invariably comes in for criticism from those who believe such efforts are misplaced in a world of suffering humanity.
Change happens by listening and then starting a dialogue with the people who are doing something you don't believe is right.
Chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans have been living for hundreds of thousands of years in their forest, living fantastic lives, never overpopulating, never destroying the forest. I would say that they have been in a way more successful than us as far as being in harmony with the environment.
Cruelty is the worst of human sins. Once we accept that a living creature has feelings and suffers pain, then by knowingly and deliberately inflicting suffering on that creature, we are guilty, whether it be human or animal.
Empathy is really important... Only when our clever brain and our human heart work together in harmony can we achieve our full potential.
Especially now when views are becoming more polarized, we must work to understand each other across political, religious and national boundaries.
Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.
For those who have experienced the joy of being alone with nature there is really little need for me to say much more; for those who have not, no words of mine can ever describe the powerful, almost mystical knowledge of beauty and eternity that come, suddenly, and all unexpected.
Here we are, the most clever species ever to have lived. So how is it we can destroy the only planet we have?
I don't have any idea of who or what God is. But I do believe in some great spiritual power. I feel it particularly when I'm out in nature. It's just something that's bigger and stronger than what I am or what anybody is. I feel it. And it's enough for me.
If we kill off the wild, then we are killing a part of our souls.
It would be absolutely useless for any of us to work to save wildlife without working to educate the next generation of conservationists.
It's been proven by quite a few studies that plants are good for our psychological development. If you green an area, the rate of crime goes down. Torture victims begin to recover when they spend time outside in a garden with flowers. So we need them, in some deep psychological sense, which I don't suppose anybody really understands yet.
It's easy to become hopeless. So people must have hope: the human brain, the resilience of nature, the energy of young people and the sort of inspiration that you see from so many hundreds of people who tackle tasks that are impossible and never give up and succeed.
Jane is a wimp. I would have made a much better mate for Tarzan.
Lasting change is a series of compromises. And compromise is all right, as long as your values don't change.
Let us develop respect for all living things. Let us try to replace violence and intolerance with understanding and compassion. And love.
Only if we understand can we care. Only if we care we will help. Only if we help shall they be saved.
Someday we shall look back on this dark era of agriculture and shake our heads. How could we have ever believed that it was a good idea to grow our food with poisons?
The greatest danger to our future is apathy.
The least I can do is speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves.
The more we learn of the true nature of non-human animals, especially those with complex brains and corresponding complex social behavior, the more ethical concerns are raised regarding their use in the service of man- whether this be in entertainment, as 'pets,' for food, in research laboratories, or any of the other uses to which we subject them.
To reconnect with nature is key if we want to save the planet.
We are beginning to learn that each animal has a life and a place and a role in this world. If we place compassion and care in the middle of all our dealings with the animal world and honor and respect their lives, our attitudes will change.
We are unique. Chimpanzees are unique. Dogs are unique. But we humans are just not as different as we used to think.
We can't leave people in abject poverty, so we need to raise the standard of living for 80% of the world's people, while bringing it down considerably for the 20% who are destroying our natural resources.
We could change the world tomorrow if all the millions of people around the world acted the way they believe.
We have the choice to use the gift of our life to make the world a better place- or not to bother.
What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.
You aren't going to save the world on your own. But you might inspire a generation of kids to save it for all of us. You would be amazed at what inspired children can do.
Your life matters. You can't live through a day without making an impact on the world. And what's most important is to think about the impact of your actions on the world around you.
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