The result is that we put billions of pounds of toxic materials in the air, water and soil every year and generate gigantic amounts of waste. But there is something we can do—and it could make the whole difference and buy us time to develop the necessary low carbon economies. We scientists who released this immense power have an overwhelming responsibility in this world life-and-death struggle to harness the atom for the benefit of mankind and not for humanity’s destruction. Why then be concerned about the conservation of wildlife when for all practical purposes we would be much better off if humans and their domestic animals and pets were the only living creatures on the face of the earth?

We are forced to grow to greater manhood. We regard Attic temples and Roman triumphal arches and Gothic cathedrals as of priceless value. On website of John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Crowds are only powerful for destruction. Without preparing fluorine, without being able to separate it from the substances with which it is united, chemistry has been able to study and to analyze a great number of its compounds. Thus we conclude, that the strata both primary and secondary, both those of ancient and those of more recent origin, have had their materials furnished from the ruins of former continents, from the dissolution of rocks, or the destruction of animal or vegetable bodies, similar, at least in some respects, to those that now occupy the surface of the earth. (read 1803),

Fishes live in the sea, as men do on land: the great ones eat up the little ones.
And by the influence of heat, light, and electrical powers, there is a constant series of changes [in animal and vegetal substances]; matter assumes new forms, the destruction of one order of beings tends to the conservation of another, solution and consolidation, decay and renovation, are connected, and whilst the parts of the system, continue in a state of fluctuation and change, the order and harmony of the whole remain unalterable. Personal communication (1970) to Florey's Australian biographer, Lennard Bickel. Votes: 4 Steve Irwin The well-wooded and humid hills are turned to ridges of dry rock, which encumbers the low grounds and chokes the watercourses with its debris, and–except in countries favored with an equable distribution of rain through the seasons, and a moderate and regular inclination of surface–the whole earth, unless rescued by human art from the physical degradation to which it tends, becomes an assemblage of bald mountains, of barren, turfless hills, and of swampy and malarious plains. The body was not isolated, and yet its place was marked in our classifications. I turn destruction into creation over and over again.” The Museums of Berlin, of Turin, of Florence are rich in spoils which tell their lamentable tale. But whether our efforts are or are not favored by life, let us be able to say, when we come near to the great goal, “I have done what I could.” Also quoted in Margaret S. Drower, Flinders Petrie: A Life in … Since that revolution overturned the authority in science not only of the middle ages but of the ancient world—since it ended not only in the eclipse of scholastic philosophy but in the destruction of Aristotelian physics—it outshines everything since the rise of Christianity and reduces the Renaissance and Reformation to the rank of mere episodes, mere internal displacements, within the system of medieval Christendom … It looms so large as the real origin of the modern world and of the modern mentality that our customary periodisation of European history has become an anachronism and an encumbrance.

Destruction is the work of an afternoon. He displayed utter integrity and he was scathing of humbug and pretence. In many cases, destruction of the region’s rainforests is motivated by short-term gains rather than the long-term productive capacity of the land.