Photo: Ruscombe tree earlier this year
"Each uneventful day that passes reinforces the steadily growing false sense of confidence that everything is alright. That I, we, my group, must be OK, because the way we did things today resulted in no adverse consequences."
Scott Snook, senior lecturer in the Organizational Behavior unit at Harvard Business School quoted by Laurie Taylor on 'Thinking Allowed' on Radio 4
"To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places (and there are so many) where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don't have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory."
Howard Zinn, historian, and author
"Those who get are those who know and demand...rather than those in greatest need who do not know. Inequality occurs because no one gets out and finds those in greatest need."
Tudar Hart 1971
"Regulating by carbon trading is like fiddling as Rome burns. Governments and the UN should impose a carbon tax on corporations, both for production - wherever their facilities are located - and for transport, which the Kyoto Protocol does not account for directly. Incentives for renewable energy are also essential. We face a stark choice: we can destroy the conditions for human life on the planet by clinging to 'free-market' fundamentalism, or we can secure our future by bringing commerce within the laws of ecological sustainability and social justice ."
Vandana Shiva, leading author and activist in India, member of the Policy Advisory Board of the Organic Consumers Association
"Friendship, mysterious cement of the soul!
Sweet'ner of Life, and solder of Society!"