Albert Einstein's Environmental Quotes – PlanetSave

Albert Einstein's Environmental Quotes

Albert Einstein was one of the world’s greatest thinkers and some have compared his general outlook on life to the Buddha’s. Ahimsa, or the principle of not injuring life forms, seems to apply to Einstein’s great sense of wonder and appreciation for all the phenomena of life. Below are some quotes attributed to him on the natural world.

Einstein

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”

“Our task must be to free ourselves…by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.”

“The environment is everything that isn’t me.”

(Source: Boston Vegetarian Society)

“Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.”

“We shall need a substantially new way of thinking if humanity is to survive.”

(Source: Sustainable Baby Steps)

Now, Einstein was not an environmental activist in the manner of activism today, such as the campaigning that groups like Green Peace and the Sierra Club do. David Suzuki and Julia Butterfly are personalities in the ecology sphere who are listened to sometimes by the mainstream press and even the public, but Albert Einstein was iconic. His name and photograph are associated with genius level thinking in science, so his image is that of one of the most intelligent humans in modern history.

So when he spoke or wrote, his words were often regarded with a high respect, if not a reverence. Even today, his quotes may be captivating for a number of readers. How long this regard will last is hard to say. Successive generations may not pay him much attention, but who will stand out as an iconic genius to the extent that anyone around the world might listen to her or his insights?

If Einstein was alive today, he probably would have huge followings on Twitter, Face Book and Google+. His shares alone would likely influence millions of people, and undoubtedly his voice would be listened to on matters such as climate change, vegetarianism, renewable energy and alternative transportation. The world might be different simply because of his presence.







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  • U_Think_Ur_Hot_Pasta_Don’t_Ya?

    In the case of climate change, Einstein would have pointed out how utterly meaningless consensus is to science (100 Scientists Against Einstein). He would have also pointed out how CO2 is not a pollutant and that doubling 200 ppm to 400 ppm is obviously insignificant. He would have pointed out how burning coal would be essential to the development of cleaner, more viable sources of energy (not wind or solar).

  • Steven Earl Salmony

    The Ehrlich-Simon bet: Nature vs. Science Fiction
    The gambling that occurred between a scientist and an economist was idiotic. Even though the scientist has been proven to be correct in many respects, the scientist lost the bet. Perversions of science such as those by economists have served to distract, mislead and set back the science of human population dynamics and overpopulation for too long. Similarly, a widely shared and consensually validated, preter-natural demographic transition theory (DTT) promulgated by demographers served a common purpose. This theoretical perversion of science ignored, avoided and denied apparently unforeseen and admittedly unwelcome research related to the diminishing prospects for future human wellbeing and environmental health on a planet with the size, composition and ecology of a finite and frangible planet like Earth.
    On our watch many too many people listen to and act upon what the economists and demographers say because their pseudoscience is politically convenient, economically expedient, legally rationalized, socially accepted, religiously tolerated and culturally syntonic. Their fabrications and optical delusions have acquired the imprimatur of science at least in large part because too many people with scientific knowledge refuse to stand up and speak out in affirmation of the best available scientific evidence. Too many scientists will not speak truth, according to the lights and science they possess, to those with the great wealth and power.
    All that is actively and wrongheadedly being done by those who are few in number to massively extirpate global biodiversity, to recklessly dissipate finite resources, to relentlessly degrade the environment and to threaten the future of children everywhere is bad enough. The elective mutism perpetrated by so many knowledgeable people is even worse. The masters of the universe along with their sycophants and minions, all of whom act as if “greed is good” and money rules the world, are but a few; those with ‘feet of clay’ are many. Thank you to everyone here in PMC community and elsewhere with feet of clay for speaking out as if you are a million voices. By so doing we educate one another to what science discloses to all of us about the placement of the human species within the order of living things on Earth and the way the blessed world we inhabit works. Otherwise, the silence of so many and the greedmongering of so few kill the world.

    • Tom B

      You sound like a nut with zero facts to backup your BS dribble while scientist say you are FOS who study the climate.

  • Steven Earl Salmony

    The Ehrlich-Simon bet: Nature vs. Science Fiction
    The gambling that occurred between a scientist and an economist was idiotic. Even though the scientist has been proven to be correct in many respects, the scientist lost the bet. Perversions of science such as those by economists have served to distract, mislead and set back the science of human population dynamics and overpopulation for too long. Similarly, a widely shared and consensually validated, preter-natural demographic transition theory (DTT) promulgated by demographers served a common purpose. This theoretical perversion of science ignored, avoided and denied apparently unforeseen and admittedly unwelcome research related to the diminishing prospects for future human wellbeing and environmental health on a planet with the size, composition and ecology of a finite and frangible planet like Earth.
    On our watch many too many people listen to and act upon what the economists and demographers say because their pseudoscience is politically convenient, economically expedient, legally rationalized, socially accepted, religiously tolerated and culturally syntonic. Their fabrications and optical delusions have acquired the imprimatur of science at least in large part because too many people with scientific knowledge refuse to stand up and speak out in affirmation of the best available scientific evidence. Too many scientists will not speak truth, according to the lights and science they possess, to those with the great wealth and power.
    All that is actively and wrongheadedly being done by those who are few in number to massively extirpate global biodiversity, to recklessly dissipate finite resources, to relentlessly degrade the environment and to threaten the future of children everywhere is bad enough. The elective mutism perpetrated by so many knowledgeable people is even worse. The masters of the universe along with their sycophants and minions, all of whom act as if “greed is good” and money rules the world, are but a few; those with ‘feet of clay’ are many. Thank you to everyone here in PMC community and elsewhere with feet of clay for speaking out as if you are a million voices. By so doing we educate one another to what science discloses to all of us about the placement of the human species within the order of living things on Earth and the way the blessed world we inhabit works. Otherwise, the silence of so many and the greedmongering of so few kill the world.