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Anti-Capitalist, Pro-Socialist Quotes by Leading Environmentalists
Compiled by Discover The Networks
2009

  • Peter Berle, a past president of the National Audubon Society says, "We reject the idea of private property."
  • Helen Caldicott, a leading member of the Union of Concerned Scientists, says: "Free enterprise really means rich people get richer. They have the freedom to exploit and psychologically rape their fellow human beings in the process.... Capitalism is destroying the earth."
  • According to Canadian zoology professor David Suzuki, "No other species on earth … has had the nerve to put forth a concept called economics, in which one species, us, declares the right to put value on everything else on earth, in the living and non-living world."
  • Maurice Strong, primary designer of the Earth Summit, asked, "Isn't the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn't it our responsibility to bring that about?"
  • Eco-socialist Barry Commoner writes that "capitalism is the earth's number one enemy."
  • Judi Bari of Earth First! says, "I think if we don't overthrow capitalism, we don't have a chance of saving the world ecologically. I think it is possible to have an ecologically sound society under socialism. I don't think it is possible under capitalism."
  • John Holdren, Barack Obama’s so-called “Science Czar,” co-authored a 1973 book with biology professor Paul Ehrlich that said: "[Economists] must design a stable, low-consumption economy in which there is a much more equitable distribution of wealth than in the present one. Redistribution of wealth both within and among nations is absolutely essential if a decent life is to be provided for every human being."
  • Carol Browner, President Obama’s “Energy and Environment Czar,” formerly served as a "commissioner" of the Socialist International (SI), the umbrella group for 170 "social democratic, socialist and labor parties" in 55 countries. SI's "organizing document" cites capitalism as the cause of "devastating crises," "mass unemployment," "imperialist expansion," and "colonial exploitation" worldwide.
  • Denis Hayes is an environmental activist who coordinated the first Earth Day festival in 1970. He also has been a high-ranking official in such organizations as the Earth Day Network, the Energy Foundation, Greenpeace, and the League of Conservation Voters. In 2002 Hayes said, “Under communism, prices were not allowed to reflect economic reality. Under capitalism, prices don't reflect ecological reality. In the long run, the capitalist flaw -- if uncorrected -- may prove to be the more catastrophic.”
  • Carl Pope is a self-described "radical" who supported the pro-Marxist Students for a Democratic Society during the 1960s. He has served as Executive Director of the Sierra Club since 1992, and also has been a board member of the California League of Conservation Voters, Zero Population Growth (now known as Population Connection), and the Wildlands Conservancy. In 2002 Pope was a signatory to a document that blamed globalization and capitalism for “the uneven distribution of … economic gains among and within countries, the growing pressure on natural resources, and increasing pollution.”


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