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by Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon

By and large we are eating up the natural world for our own purposes. Well that’s self-destruction actually. If you damage the natural world in the end you damage yourself and the human race will regret it.

Sir David Attenborough, conservationist and documentarian, discussing the problem of plastic pollution in an interview with Sky News (June 8)

There should be no room for opportunistic and cynical efforts to gain small partial results in the short run while shifting equally significant costs and damages to future generations. Civilization requires energy, but energy must not be used to destroy civilization!

Pope Francis speaking at the Vatican to an audience of executives from major international oil and mining companies (June 9)
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