I liked this quote from McAllister, about collapsing fish populations:
“The data speaks for itself. But if I don’t think there’s reason for hope, I shouldn’t be doing this. I’m not going to just sit here and be a cheerleader for bay health, not when I know what’s killing the fish.”
It reminded me of a quote from Aldo Leopold that I found in the Times Book Review Last Week:
“That the situation is hopeless should not prevent us from doing our best.”
Which in turn reminds me of the Woody Allen quote at the top of this blog (which I think is both funny and, in regards to some environmental problems, like global warming, true):
"More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly."