Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Great Quotes from AASHE

Time to give this blog a little pick-me-up. Since I've started Facebook, I've neglected this place. I'd like to simply put down profound quotes I heard at the great AASHE conference this week (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education). Then I'd like to unpack thoughts about each of these in the upcoming weeks. So here goes:

"Socialism may collapse because it does not tell people the economic truth. Capitalism may collapse because it does not tell people the ecological truth." VP of Exxon/Mobil-Norway as told to Lester Brown

"Regarding sustainability, this group is great. But we really need to create the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability to save Civilization. Because that is what we're facing." - Lester Brown

"In the USA we have an economy based upon consumption. Our grandparents would whoop our behinds if they saw our credit card statements." - Van Jones

"How can we define Green Economics? How about, 'Don't just waste everything.' I mean, seriously, 'Don't be a fool.'" - Van Jones

"The mark of a Golden Age in a civilization is when its children are its most important citizens." - Peter Senge

"Industry talks about the Triple Bottom Line of "People", "Planet", and "Profit". All of that sounds like "Peacemaking" to me..." - President of Goshen College