“We are the first generation to feel the sting of climate change, and we are the last generation that can do something about it.” – Governor, Jay Inslee, Washington State.
‘Somehow we have to convince conservatives, the champions of free enterprise, that climate action fits with something that they deeply believe. Then we can join all together and make it so that we solve this problem.’ – Conservative Republican former Rep. Bob Inglis.
“The smart money is already moving on climate change. Donald Trump is apparently part of that smart money (wanting build a sea wall to protect his Irish golf course from climate change), but he tells the crowds (what they want to hear), amplifying what they are hearing from other sources.” – former GOP Rep. Bob Inglis.
“There is no tribe yet that lives on any other planet. So, just in that simple fact, we have the values we need to care about our planet.” – Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, climate scientist at Texas Tech University.
‘If someone has a certain worldview that does not allow them to see the facts of climate change, then they just won’t see it.’ – George Lakoff, Professor of Linguistics, UC Berkeley.
“Our real problem is not a heating planet or rampant malnutrition…We only have one real problem: our own feelings of powerlessness to manifest the solutions right in front of our noses.” – author Frances Moore Lappé
‘Even changing a light blub, as silly as it seems, is enough to change something up in our minds to make us do more to reduce the threat of climate change.’ – Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, climate scientist at Texas Tech University.
“Impossible is not a fact, it's an attitude. It's only an attitude. And I decided right then and there that I was going to change my attitude and I was going to help the world change its attitude on climate change.” – Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
“You know how you know when climate change is real? When the hottest year on record is whatever year it currently is.” – Comedian and late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel
'Things take longer to happen then you think they will, and then they happen much faster than you thought they could.' – economist Dr. Rudi Dornbusch.
“We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.” – original source unknown. Attributed on the internet to Thomas Jefferson.
“If government is broken, we are part of that brokenness and must engage in healing ourselves too.” – Sam Daley-Harris, Founder of RESULTS and the Center for Citizen Empowerment and Transformation.
“Eternal optimism joined with loving action is the most powerful tool I own.” – Julia Butterfly Hill, American environmental activist.
‘When people have talked of climate solutions, critics argued America can’t cut emissions as long as China pollutes. We can now retire that lame excuse to the same list that includes “the dog ate my homework.”’ – Steve Valk, Communications Director for Citizens’ Climate Lobby.
"We aren’t passengers on Spaceship Earth, we’re the crew. We aren’t residents on this planet, we’re citizens. The difference in both cases is responsibility." – Apollo Astronaut Rusty Schweikart
"Every morning I awake torn between a desire to save the world and an inclination to savor it. This makes it hard to plan the day. But if we forget to savor the world, what possible reason do we have for saving it? In a way, the savoring must come first." – E.B. White, author of Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little.
"We believe that the risks of climate change warrant action...ExxonMobil believes a revenue-neutral carbon tax would be a more effective policy option than cap-and-trade schemes, regulations, mandates, or standards. A properly designed carbon tax can be predictable, transparent, and comparatively simple to understand and implement." – ExxonMobil's official statement, Engaging on climate change.
"So many of us don't realize that we are the government. I like to call it 'the God of they,' as in, 'Oh, they'll fix it.' No, it's up to us." – Photographer Clyde Butcher
“(2015 Paris Climate agreement) is just a start. A beginning. It is not going to be enough get the CO2 reductions that we need. I see this as the starting gun.” – Dr. Danny Richter, Legislative Director of Citizens’ Climate Lobby.
“It is wrong to pit renewables against nuclear power. We need all hands on deck. Carbon-fee-and-dividend provides a way to avoid contentious discussion and allow competition.“ – Dr. James Hansen
‘Nobody hates Wall-E and nobody wants to live on his planet either.’ – Trace Dominguez, Contributor for Discovery News
'The argument that I am too small to make a difference is the equivalent of saying: Why should I pay my taxes? Why should I vote? Everyone has to do their own fair share.' – Dr. Stephen Schneider (1945-2010) Climate scientist at Stanford University.
'Who wants to be fired on Tuesday? To some degree, this is the dilemma for the right of center politicians. If they roll out climate change the wrong way, the next thing they know they receive a climate hero award and an unemployment paycheck.' – Admiral David Titley, Professor of meteorology at Penn State University and Retired Rear Admiral of the U.S. Navy.
‘I believe 99.99% of people on this planet already have the values they need to care about climate change in their heart. We just need to identify those values and then we connect.’ – Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, climate scientist and associate professor of political science at Texas Tech University.
'Clean coal is a bit like a porous condom: at least the intention was good.' – comedian Robin Williams.
"I'm probably the furthest thing from an Al Gore clone you could find. We didn't do this to save the world — We did this to get a competitive rate and reduce the risk for our consumers." – Georgetown, Texas interim City Manager Jim Briggs
“Climate change is an opportunity to express our faith through love.” – Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, atmospheric scientist and associate professor of political science at Texas Tech University.
‘We can think of global warming as a bully that comes by every year and tells you to give him more and more of your money.’ – Park Williams, a tree ring researcher at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.
“(To be successful) we have to take climate change and take it from a special interest to a public interest." – Bob Berkowitz, President and Founder of EcoAmerica.
‘Scientists are often accused of being alarmists. However, an examination of scientific literature shows that scientists have been underestimating the risks. Instead of being drama queens, climate scientists are like anti-drama kings.‘ – Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, climate scientist and associate professor of political science at Texas Tech University.
‘People often say: ‘Earth was warmer in the past with carbon dioxide levels higher than today’ Yes, there is a recent movie called Jurassic World. Would you like to go see it?’ – Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, climate scientist and associate professor of political science at Texas Tech University.
‘If I have one message, it is that climate change is not a scientific debate. Its a political debate being made to look like a scientific debate.’ – Dr. Naomi Oreskes, Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University.
"The main reason why we object to the reality of this problem (of climate change) is because the solutions that have been presented are big government solutions. So that is why I think it is so important to give free market solutions a voice in this argument.” – Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, climate scientist at Texas Tech University.
“Based on the evidence, more than 97% of climate experts are convinced that human-caused climate change is happening.” – Edward Maibach, Teresa Myers, & Anthony Leiserowitz, of George Mason & Yale Universities.
'Society conspires to suppress the discussion of climate change. Someone once said that talking about climate change is like flatulence at a cocktail party.' – Dan Miller, clean technology venture capitalist and climate speaker.
"The one thing we know in science and life in general is that we can't just throw out the data we don't like just because we don't like it." – Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, climate scientist at Texas Tech University.
“Do we really believe in America is an exceptional nation and do we think we can really solve this challenge of climate change? The rest of the world is waiting for a 'Yes' from us.” – former Representative Bob Inglis.
“I don’t believe government should be picking winners and losers in the market place. I want consumer choice and clean air and clean water and solar is the best way to create a competitive choice.” – Debby Dooley, co-founder of the Atlanta Tea Party.