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Without Comment by David Flint.

A collection of quotes inset into Green Griffin from time to time to make us pause for thought


"With the latest warnings delivered by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) over the past few weeks, no world leader will ever be able to claim that they were caught off-guard by climate change".
Jimmy Carter and Mary Robinson
Huffington Post, 21/4/14.


"Natural disasters currently cost Unilever €300 million a year, [so] the cost of inaction [on climate change] is starting to become bigger than the cost of action".
Paul Polman, CEO Unilever
on RTCC


"We have seen, first, inequality-induced crisis and, latterly, crisis-induced inequality. The 99% have faced double-jeopardy".
Andrew G Haldane, Executive Director, Financial Stability, Bank Of England. 29 October 2012
From the EGP members newsletter, July 2014


"I found myself in hospital for a minor op ... The surgeon was English, the anaesthetist Indian, her assistant Chinese. All the nurses were of Caribbean origin while the porter was a British Muslim. The receptionist was a pretty Pole. I felt right at home".
Sir Howard Davies, chairman of the Airports Commission
In Management Today, February 2014, p 13.
From the EGP members newsletter, May 2014


"An advanced city is not one where even the poor use cars, but rather one where even the rich use public transport."
Enrique Peñalosa, former mayor of Bogotá.
TED talk, Sep 2013


"The New Policy Institute [found that] 40% of all working families with children were in receipt of welfare benefits - [mostly] tax credits. ... This represents a huge taxpayer subsidy to business".
Baroness Denise Kingsmill
In Management Today, Feb 2014, p 16.
From the EGP members newsletter, February 2014


"We're living through a time of big and little changes in the way we do just about everything, and the only people and organizations guaranteed to make fools of themselves are the ones who think they have got it all figured out".
Richard Branson, 2012. Introduction to "Velocity: The Seven New Laws for a World Gone Digital" by Ahmed et al.
From the EGP members newsletter, December 2013


"It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and then do your best".
W Edwards Deming, statistician and pioneer of Total Quality Management. quotes.net
From the EGP members newsletter, December 2013


"It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory".
W Edwards Deming ibid
From the EGP members newsletter, December 2013


"Lots of companies do rotten things in the course of their business - pay terrible wages, make people work in sweatshops - and we pressure them to change those practices ... But ... with the fossil-fuel industry, wrecking the planet is their business model. It's what they do".
Naomi Klein, Quoted by Bill McKibben
From the EGP members newsletter, October 2013


"...there are now 185 to 200 [private security] operators in the UK. In 2009 there were three", says ex-Marine turned businessman Roche ... As one security contractor says: "The Government could muster a sizeable private army if it really needed to".
"Private security: The high seas' unsung heroes". Management Today 24/9/13.
From the EGP members newsletter, October 2013


"Spent an intriguing evening last week speaking on a panel at the wonderful Royal Society... The conversation got heated (appropriately) on climate change, with scientists laying into the civil servants about the necessity of, at least, discussing the implications for growth ... and the civil servants wearily explaining the nature of political realities - you can't question the primacy of growth and keep your job".
Duncan Green, Head of Research at Oxfam GB. http://tinyurl.com/RS-CC-growth
12 June 2013
From the EGP members newsletter, October 2013


"I don't like the fact that in politics telling the truth is seen as optional".
Nate Silver, Statistician and pollster, in Management Today, June 2013, p 17
From the EGP members newsletter, October 2013


"None, I think, can doubt that if effective measures are not taken, on an international basis, to combat climate change new meaning will be given to Keynes's aphorism that in the long run we are all dead".
Baron (Tom) Bingham, former Lord Chief Justice. in "The Rule of Law", 2010, p 116
From the EGP members newsletter, May 2013


"Bankers are entitled to whatever they can negotiate with their employers but they are not entitled to an economic system in which the financial industry is so much more profitable than any other".
Duncan J Watts, Principal Research Scientist, Yahoo! Research in "Everything is obvious", 2011. p237
From the EGP members newsletter, May 2013


"I suspect that [Michael Gove has] introduced [the KS2] spelling, punctuation and grammar (Spag) test ... in order to simplify the process of failing more of our children. ... [which] will certainly contribute to the honourable job of keeping people poor".
Michael Rosen, writer and broadcaster. Guardian, 7 May 2013
From the EGP members newsletter, May 2013


"Climate change is real and happening, a one degree rise in temperature for Bangladesh equates to a 10% loss of GDP. One event like [Cyclone] Sidr can take 10 to 20 years to recover from and cost us billions of dollars. But we don't see the money coming".
Dipu Moni, foreign minister, Bangladesh, 2012
From the EGP members newsletter, February 2013


"Lots of companies do rotten things in the course of their business - pay terrible wages, make people work in sweatshops - and we pressure them to change those practices .... But ... with the fossil fuel industry, wrecking the planet is their business model. It's what they do".
Naomi Klein http://tinyurl.com/Klein-climate
From the EGP members newsletter, February 2013


"It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory".

"Does experience help? NO! Not if we are doing the wrong things."

"It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and then do your best".
W Edwards Deming, statistician and pioneer of Total Quality Management. http://www.quotes.net/quote/853
From the EGP members newsletter, February 2013


"Population stabilization should become a priority for sustainable development".
Kofi Annan, ex Secretary General of the UN
Key Recommendation, Global Humanitarian Forum, 2009
From the EGP members newsletter, October 2012


"The rational view of dishonesty is that people cheat because it is worth their while. [it is] basically how we view psychopaths ... the economic model is also a model for psychopaths".
Prof. Dan Ariely, Duke University, North Carolina, in New Scientist, 16 June 2012.
From the EGP members newsletter, October 2012


"In banking the rules are very unclear ... [In an experiment] the moment you tell people that ... the motive is to maximise shareholder value they're much more willing to cheat".
Prof. Dan Ariely, Duke University, North Carolina, in New Scientist, 16 June 2012.
From the EGP members newsletter, October 2012


"Anyone who believes in indefinite growth in anything physical on a physically finite planet is either mad or an economist".
Kenneth Boulding, environmental advisor to President Kennedy.
From the EGP members newsletter, October 2012


"Britain's richest woman takes delivery of £100m superyacht ... the largest ever built [in the UK]. ... The 314 ft-long Vava II - which costs more than £250,000 just to fill the fuel tanks - was commissioned by her billionaire husband Ernesto Bertarelli. The Swiss pharmaceutical tycoon [is] reputedly worth £6.8 billion."
Daily Mail, 5/3/12.
From the EGP members newsletter, June 2012


"When communism fell we thought it was capitalism that triumphed. It wasn't, it was balance [between public and private sectors]. Now we're completely unbalanced towards the private".
Henry P Mintzberg, Professor of Management Studies, McGill University. Management Today, 23 August 2011.
From the EGP members newsletter, June 2012


"We have created a Star Wars civilization but we have Paleolithic emotions, medieval institutions and godlike technology. Surely one moral precept we can agree on is to stop destroying our birthplace, the only home humanity will ever have"
Prof. E O Wilson, biologist. In New Scientist, 21/4/12.
From the EGP members newsletter, June 2012


"...countries with highly developed financial services tend to be weaker in manufacturing. Manufacturing is weak because finance is powerful. It attracts the most ambitious .. maintains an unfavourably high exchange rate - [and] destabilizes the real economy...".
Simon Caulkin, Management Today, Nov 2011, p 43.
From the EGP members newsletter, March 2012


"We really should be aiming to keep CO2 no higher than about 350 parts per million - if we want to maintain stable ice sheets and stable shore lines. We'd have to reduce CO2 emissions at six percent a year if we began next year. If we're hoping to maintain a planet that looks like the one that humanity has known, we're out of time right now".
Jim Hansen, chief climate scientist
, NASA, Jan 24, 2012.
From the EGP members newsletter, March 2012


"I expect climate change and resource shortages to produce horrendous humanitarian disasters".
Vice Admiral Charles Style, Commandant of the Royal College of Defence Studies. 25 October 2011.
From the EGP members newsletter, December 2011


"I've never seen an environmental problem that wouldn't be easier to solve with fewer people or harder, and ultimately impossible, with more".
Sir David Attenborough
From the EGP members newsletter, December 2011


"There is no question, nothing is worse than fossil fuels for killing people".
Joseph Romm, Center for American Progress.
From the EGP members newsletter, August 2011




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