This blog was originally posted on the website Valuing Nature.

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"The human animal is a beast that dies and if he's got money he buys and buys and buys and I think the reason he buys everything he can buy is that in the back of his mind he has the crazy hope that one of his purchases will be life ever-lasting."

Tennesse Williams, in ' Cat on a hot tin roof'

"Analysing other people's emotions and refusing to acknowledge our own dumps us in the same old rut. What a waste."

Kevin Roberts, in 'Lovemarks: The future beyond brands'


"In modern consumer capitalism, consumption activity is the primary means by which we create an identity and sustain a fragile sense of self. If, in order to solve climate change, we are asked to change the way we consume, then we are being asked to change who we are; to experience a sort of death. So desperately do we cling to our manufactured selves that we fear relinquishing them more than we fear the consequences of climate change."

Clive Hamilton, in 'Building on Kyoto'


"Like all political activists busy with their mission, environmentalists often work from poor and short-sighted ideas about human motivation... What are we connecting with in people that is generous, joyous, freely given - perhaps heroic?"

Theodore Roszak, cited in 'How to Win Campaigns', by Chris Rose