The issues are by some geometric number - 100 or 200 or 500 - times more complicated today than we appreciated them to be when Franklin Roosevelt was around.

-Gaylord Nelson
Gaylord Nelson

The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats and biodiversity... that's all there is. That's the whole economy. That's where all the economic activity and jobs come from. These biological systems are the sustaining wealth of the world.

Gaylord Nelson
The most important environmental issue is one that is rarely mentioned, and that is the lack of a conservation ethic in our culture.
Gaylord Nelson

The bigger the population gets, the more serious the problems become... We have to address the population issue. The United Nations, with the U.S. supporting it, took the position in Cairo in 1994 that every country was responsible for stabilizing its own population. It can be done. But in this country, it's phony to say 'I'm for the environment but not for limiting immigration.'

Gaylord Nelson
There is a great need for the introduction of new values in our society, where bigger is not necessarily better, where slower can be faster, and where less can be more.
Gaylord Nelson

Our air, water, soil, forests, oceans, rivers, lakes, scenic beauty, wildlife habitat, minerals, that is the wealth of the country.

Gaylord Nelson
We must realize that we're all part of a web of life around the world. Anytime you extinguish a species, the consequences are serious.
Gaylord Nelson

We're going to have to do a whole lot more, and give nature at least a chance to repair some of the damage we've done.

Gaylord Nelson
Population and immigration are very difficult issues to discuss. Democrats and Republicans alike - for very different reasons - avoid it,
Gaylord Nelson

Trails are relatively inexpensive. A splendid national network of all kinds of trails can be established at less cost than a few hundred miles of super highway.

Gaylord Nelson
We must recognize that we're all part of a web of life around the world. Anytime you extinguish a species, the consequences are serious.