What would Martin Luther King Jr. say to us about the environment?


What would MLK Jr. say to us about the environment? On the weekend we celebrate with pride the legacy of Martin Luther King Junior, it’s worth a look back at some of his famous remarks, this time from an environmental perspective.

It’s obvious that King was a man who respected the earth, just like he respected it’s people. He preached a philosophy of responsibility, unity and nonviolence: Three valuable lessons for anyone trying to make an impact in and on the environmental world.


King: Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

I wish I had a count of the number of times friends and family members have asked me to stop talking about factory farming or environmental degradation because they just didn’t want to think about it. If we would only let our mind get the facts straight, our consciences would do the rest.


King: Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective.

Would we allow the people of Haiti to live in huts in one of the worst hurricane allies in the world if we thought of them as our brothers and sisters?


King: The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.

Think of this quote in the context of the environment’s biggest issues. Drought. Pollution. Sustainability.

A peaceful, fruitful world really will take a new, Martin Luther King-like worldview. King would have asked that we step up to this task, and take on the duty of cleaning up our act with a new and greater vigor. And not to give up hope. Because, as King said, “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”

Perhaps not surprisingly, MLK’s son, Dexter Scott King, is following in his father’s footsteps with a modern-day twist. The younger King is a vegan, and says the health benefits and an appreciation for animal rights is an extension of his father’s philosophy of nonviolence.

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The United Nations recently published "Livestock's Long Shadow." It concludes that eating meat is "one of the most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global." And it insists that the meat industry "should be a major policy focus when dealing with problems of land degradation, climate change and air pollution, water shortage and water pollution, and loss of biodiversity."

Check out this informative and inspiring video on why people choose vegan: http://veganvideo.org/

JC, "Livestock's Long Shadow" grossly underestimated and misallocated some effects of animal agriculture.  These are detailed in the Worldwatch Institute report, "Livestock and Climate Change," accessible online:  http://www.worldwatch.org/node/6294

Additional resources are available regarding that Worldwatch article, including Q&A halfway down the page:  http://www.worldwatch.org/node/6291


i prefer to communicate with, enjoy, view and have them teach me lessons than eat them, anyway. maybe Gaia is giving us a not-so-subtle message. you did see the 200,000 lbs of recalled dead_meat, but that is a hexadecimal programming question...what was i writing....must have been that MC D corp burger i ate

Martin Luther Kings urdent urge to one and all to the environment issues with the powerful phylosophy of responsibility, unity and nonviolence still holds the truth.  We must follow the foot prints of this great environment leader to move towards the goal of sustainability in the present day world.  Thanks for the post.carpet cleaner review

Environmental problems must have not been bad like what we're experiencing now but if this great historical figure laid importance on environmental issues this only proves he was no ordinary man, he already had a picture of the future and that vision is what we're facing now. Aren't we discussing his points only? Whether we colonize another planet or not whether the Aliens invade our earth or not we still should continue planting apple trees as King said,  "Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree."

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>>Because, as King said, “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”


This is actually attributed to Martin Luther, not MLK, Jr.