Nature is not a place to visit.
It is home.
- Gary Snyder
In wildness is the preservation of the world.
Wilderness is the state of complete awareness.
- Gary Snyder,
People can live their whole lives without love, and still
live, and still function. And the same is true of wilderness
in that not having known, they don’t know what they’ve
missed or what they have lost. It actually doesn’t mean
anything until you’ve experienced it yourself.”
- Peter Dombrovskis, Australia’s most celebrated wilderness
photographer, Wildness documentary, 2003, cited
by Tom Walter
The late E.F.
Schumacher believed that there are two places to find wisdom:
in nature and in religious traditions. To seek wisdom in nature
we should obviously go to those who have loved nature enough
to study it. Because science explores nature it can be a powerful
source of wisdom. In just about every culture imaginable, religion
and science were teammates who offered to the people a cosmic
myth that allowed them to live out their lives with meaning.
The wilderness of the Sierra will disappear unless little pieces
of nonwilderness become intensely loved by lots of people In
other words, Harlem and Saint Louis and Iowa and Kansas and
the rest of the world where wilderness has been destroyed must
come to be loved by enough of us, or wilderness too is doomed.
- Wes Jackson, Becoming
Native to This Place
I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out
till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.
Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let
remaining wilderness be destroyed ... if we pollute the last
clean air and dirty the last clean streams and push our paved
roads through the last of the silence.
National parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American,
absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than
We need wilderness whether or not we ever set foot in it. We
need a refuge even though we may never need to go there.
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.
Though scientists have named 1.7 million species, at least
3.3 million others are still out there, as yet unidentified.
- Elin Kelsey
Nature is a language - can't you read?
- The Smiths, Ask