Four wise Americans

“Another factor in maintaining balance involves the element of time. As we peer into society’s future, we – you and I, and our government – must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering, for our own ease and convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without asking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage.” — D. W. Eisenhower, 17 January  1961

“… our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Every nation must now develop an overriding loyalty to mankind as a whole in order to preserve the best in their individual societies.” — ML King Jr, Christmas 1967

“You seen one Earth, you’ve seen them all.” — Harrison Schmidt, 1972

The monthly RealClimate open threads always contain something useful, something entertaining and something a little oddball. Four quotations from Americans caught my eye in the current one. The three above are quite old and seem straightforward (although each has been applied in a context surely unforeseen by its originator) but the fourth is very new:

Ninety-seven percent of scientists agree: #climate change is real, man-made and dangerous. Read more: OFA.BO/gJsdFp – Barack Obama @BarackObama, 17 May 2013

As Peter Hannam of  The Sydney Morning Herald said, “It’s the social media equivalent of hitting the jackpot: having your study retweeted by US President Barack Obama. Australian researcher John Cook, an expert in climate change communication, was inundated with requests for interviews by US media outlets after Obama took to twitter to endorse his project’s final report.” Read more here.

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