A remarkable quote from 1948 from a planning book dated 1993:
“Until a realisation of the relationship between man and his environment has become part of our education and a principal basis of its orientation, a long-range improvement of land use is improbable. We must understand this relationship, sense it so deeply that it colours our feeling about children, country, laws, survival, foreign relations, and nearly every other thought and emotion we have…
‘If we ourselves do not govern our destiny, firmly and courageously, no-one is going to do it for us. To regain ecological freedom for our civilization will be a heavy task. It will frequently require arduous and uncomfortable measures. It will cost considerable sums of money. Democratic governments are not likely to set forth on such a steep and rocky path unless the people lead the way.’
Source: William Sloane Associates (1948) Road to survival
Quoted in ‘Planning for a sustainable environment’. Edited by Andrew Blowers (1993)
How vital this work is and how slow in the uptake society has been given the warnings from 1948!