The team at Puget Soundkeeper Alliance would like to take a moment to reflect on the wonders of Puget Sound and the Salish Sea, and how grateful we are to have the opportunity to help protect it. We thank you — our volunteers, our friends, our families and our supporters for standing side by side us as we work together to preserve this water treasure.
Without you and your support none of this would be possible.
On this Earth Day we are reminded that this is our Earth…and our Puget Sound.
We have but one. It is our duty to take care of it.
We are also reminded that the first Earth Day in 1970 was originally a day of activism- the largest demonstration in our nation’s history. It led directly to the creation of the EPA, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act and the Endangered Species Act. When the people speak, the government is forced to listen.
“The oceans are the planet’s last great living wilderness, man’s only remaining frontier on Earth, and perhaps his last chance to prove himself a rational species.”
– John L. Culliney
“Take nothing but memories, leave nothing but footprints!”
– Chief Seattle
“And Man created the plastic bag and the tin and aluminum can and the cellophane wrapper and the paper plate, and this was good because Man could then take his automobile and buy all his food in one place and He could save that which was good to eat in the refrigerator and throw away that which had no further use. And soon the earth was covered with plastic bags and aluminum cans and paper plates and disposable bottles and there was nowhere to sit down or walk, and Man shook his head and cried: “Look at this Godawful mess.”
– Art Buchwald
“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”
– Theodore Roosevelt
“Rivers and the inhabitants of the watery elements are made for wise men
to contemplate and for fools to pass by without consideration.”
“Coal, oil and gas are called fossil fuels, because they are mostly made of the fossil remains of beings from long ago. The chemical energy within them is a kind of stored sunlight originally accumulated by ancient plants. Our civilization runs by burning the remains of humble creatures who inhabited the Earth hundreds of millions of years before the first humans came on the scene. Like some ghastly cannibal cult, we subsist on the dead bodies of our ancestors and distant relatives.”
– Dr. Carl Sagan