Archive for the ‘Favorite Dana Quotes’ Category

The Season of Thanks

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: December 3rd, 2013

corn plant being lifted out of the soil Looking back through our archive of Donella Meadows’s writing, it’s not hard to find examples of thanks. Dana was thankful for the community and environment around her, sentiments which are echoed over and over in her letters and columns. In November 1994, Dana wrote, “On a farm I can really put my heart into a festival of harvest and thanksgiving. I [...]

New Year’s Resolutions for the Environment

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: January 2nd, 2013

The following piece was written by Donella Meadows and published December 29, 1988. Twenty-four years later, her simple, practical suggestions for what we as individuals can do to contribute to the health of our planet still ring true. The year 2012 was marked as a year of unprecedented environmental disasters, but we can all work to make 2013 the year [...]

Let’s Take Back Christmas: Donella Meadows on the Holiday Season

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: December 14th, 2012

Donella Meadows enjoyed many of the same things during the holidays that so many of us look forward to–time with family and loved ones, good music and good company, giving and sharing, warmth and light. As she wrote to her friends in December 1996, “I’m looking forward to it, the slowdown, the quietness.  I light white candles and play beautiful [...]

Voting: A Flawed System, but an Important One

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: November 6th, 2012

By Sarah Parkinson

Donella Meadows’s writing showed that the American election system is far from perfect, but the privilege of voting is still too important to pass up. Today, Americans vote to decide the next President in the White House. The voting system is imperfect, but our participation is important. (Image credit: MCS@flickr) Voting, democracy, elections, and campaign reform were all common themes in Donella [...]

Speak the truth

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: January 19th, 2012

“Speak the truth. Speak it loud and often, calmly but insistently, and speak it, as the Quakers say, to power. Material accumulation is not the purpose of human existence. All growth is not good. The environment is a necessity, not a luxury. There is such a thing as enough.”

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