The continued existence of wildlife and wilderness is important to the quality of life of humans.
The quicker we humans learn that saving open space and wildlife is critical to our welfare and quality of life, maybe we'll start thinking of doing something about it.
I don't want to save a creek for the creek's sake, but what's in it for human beings.
The biggest challenge is how to affect public attitudes and make people care.
The most powerful argument of all for saving open space is economics; in most states, tourism is the number two industry.
The other thing is quality of life; if you have a place where you can go and have a picnic with your family, it doesn't matter if it's a recession or not, you can include that in your quality of life.
Somali is turning into a desert. Rwanda, you can hardly find a place to plant a potato, it's so crowded.
I don't think we're going to save anything if we go around talking about saving plants and animals only; we've got to translate that into what's in it for us.
How we treat the earth basically effects our social welfare and our national security.
There's no denying that television is one of the most powerful propaganda media we've ever invented.
My father being an outdoors person, he used to take us on quite a few adventures thorugh the wild areas down there, introducing us to alligators and rattlesnakes and all the trees and plants.
Johnny Carson started the jokes about me and Marlin in his monologues.
I'm a little different from all those conservation types.
I had travelled pretty widely around the world even before then, so I knew where to go to film wildlife.
Sooner or later we've got to tie the saving of the natural world to our own public welfare.
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