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Margaret Mead

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We are living beyond our means. As a people we have developed a life-style that is draining the earth of its priceless and irreplaceable resources without regard for the future of our children and people all around the world.
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Attributed to M. Mead in: Hugh Nash, Friends of the Earth (1981) Progress as if survival mattered: a handbook for a conserver society. p.166

 
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