Environmental Essay

Tanaya Battle

Quotes

"How wonderful is it that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world" - Anne Frank

"We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles, rather than by quality of our service relationships to humanity." - Martin Luther King Jr.

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world" - Mahatma Gandhi

Essay

          A lot of people would like to think that we have a perfect world and that everybody lives in a perfect environment. There are also people that know that the world isn't perfect and will admit it to themselves and to others. This report is to show my opinion about these quotes and what they mean to me.

"How wonderful is it that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world" - Anne Frank

        I picked this quote because I believe that it is absolutely true no matter what other people say. Some people think they can't change anything because they don't know how or that they don't have the time or money but what some people don't understand is that nothing or nobody can stop you from making a change in the world. Do the changes we make have to be really big? No, it really doesn't but if that change is important to you and your community that's all that matters. It can be as small as planting a tree or it can be as big as opening a global community center for everybody. Every change matters and it will make a difference.

"We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles, rather than by quality of our service relationships to humanity." - Martin Luther King Jr.

         This quote is important to me because even though Martin Luther King Jr. probably wrote this quote many years ago, it still holds the truth today. Even though segregation ended years ago, there are many people who have all the money and cars in the world and think that they are better than other people even though they don't do anything for the environment. I believe that if you know you don't do anything to help the world than you don't have the right to judge and mistreat the people that do or are trying to. Yes everybody has their freedom of speech but in some situations there opinions are not needed.

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world" - Mahatma Gandhi

           Last but not least, Mahatma Gandhi. I picked this quote because it seems like people think the world can change itself. Changing the world is just like driving a car. Somebody has to get behind the wheel and make it go but if nobody is willing to do that then it is not going to get anywhere in life. The worse thing is that someone out in the world is thinking "I don't have to do anything to help the world if a whole lot of people are already doing it." but what they don't understand is that other people are thinking just like them and if everybody thinks like that then eventually nothing will get changed. From the great words of Maya Angelou, "If you don't like something, change it. If you don't change it, change your attitude."

           I believe these quotes are similar because they all tell the message of the people that are either unknown or are afraid to say what is on their mind.

"it seems like every time mankind is given a lot of energy, we go out and wreck something with it" - David R. Brower

"people blame their environment. there is only one person to blame-and only one- themselves - Robert Collier