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“As I was discovering this extraordinary undersea world, I also found out that we’re using the oceans and seas of the world as a garbage can. The cleaning power of nature is extraordinary, but there’s a point where too much is too much.”
Ocean explorer and documentary filmmaker Jean-Michel Cousteau, speaking of his childhood experiences exploring the sea with his father, Jacques Cousteau, and other family members, Distinguished Speakers Series, Center for the Arts, March 1, 2007
“We became self-empowered. We became independent of foresters—we could now produce our own seedlings. In a very short time, we literally had thousands of trees being managed by women.”
Wangara Maathai, winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize and member of the Kenyan Parliament, speaking of her vast tree-planting initiative, in which some 30 million trees have been planted since the movement began in 1977, Distinguished Speakers Series, Center for the Arts, February 2, 2007