Pseudo Yoda Quotes: The Environmental Yoda

Given the interest in Star Wars, below are my Yoda-like quotes used on my website (http://paulradomski.com) from March 2014 to January 2015. I crafted these in the dark hours of time with the help of the Force:

Nature related:

Decay is a natural part of systems. Rejoice for that which transforms back to nature. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not.

To answer power with power, the Jedi way this is not. In war, a danger there is, of losing who we are. War with new arriving species, win you will not. A different game you should play.

In a dark place we find ourselves with regard to sharing the world with predators, and a little more knowledge lights our way.

Always in motion is the yard. Blind we are, if beauty of the common animals we do not see.

When you look at the dark side, careful you must be. For the dark side looks back. Nature surrounds us and binds us. Help it we must. Neglect and indifference to nature leads to the dark side.

Extinct is less. It cannot be fully described with words. You must feel the loss to understand it. To feel the loss is what you will learn.

Nature is part of life. Rejoice for those around you who immerse into the full Force of Nature. Mourn those that do not. 

New species additions are a natural part of ecosystem life. Rejoice for those around you and admire the beauty of all organisms. Mourn a changed ecosystem do not. Miss them do not. Attachment leads to jealously.

For our own health we need more wildness in the urban areas. You will know when you are calm, at peace.

We should prudently increase the biodiversity of our domesticated places and conserve species diversity in our wild places. With regard to 'New Nature', we can admire the beauty of organisms regardless how they arrived in the dynamic, very changing world we also live in. May you be with Nature. May Nature be with you.

Looking? Found nature you have, eh? It needs not us.

Helping trees move with climate change, patience you must have my young padawan.

Human Nature related:

Blind we are, if creation of corporate ignorance we could not see. Not if anything to say about it I have.

Others are now using the old tobacco playbook. The powerful then exploit our ignorance. The dark side clouds everything. Impossible to see the future is.

Greed transcends economic or political systems. Capitalism and communism both treat the environment as an externality. Ponzi scheme you are in, consume you it will.

Adam captures nature experiences in poetic fashion. You too can live in awe of nature. Perhaps first you must unlearn what you have learned in your studies of a deity. 

Greed is the path to the dark side. Greed leads to exploitation. Exploitation leads to destruction. Destruction leads to suffering.

You will find only what values you bring in.

We must unlearn what we have learned. Nature makes us great, factory schools not.

Always two there are, no more, no less. An informed person and an uninformed skeptic.

If into the reasons for our procrastination you go, only pain will you find. Greed, denial, and delusion. Your science, save you it will not in a world of corruption and immediate profit.

Always two there are, no more, no less: a human and a consequence.  

Science related:

Reliable knowledge generally requires randomization. When systematic bias you have, work as good, it will not.

Remember, science's strength flows from the sample size. But beware. Controls, randomization, replication, and statistical inference. The light side are they. Once you start down this path, forever will it dominate your destiny. 

Many of the truths that we cling to depend on our point of view. Where low probability, high consequence, and systemic risk are, the precautionary principle must be applied. Impossible to see the future is. Risk is a function of both probability and consequence. Discount potential consequences will help you not.

If into a social experiment you go without adapting, only pain will result when the experiment becomes unsustainable. Then the dark side will cloud everything.

Development related:

A placemaker must have the deepest commitment, the most serious mind. Decide you must, how to serve them best. If good for Paris, your job it is here. Already know you that which you need.

Happens to every lot sometimes this does. Use them, we must.

Bring plan here. Question it we will. 

Your cars, you will not need them.

Do not assume anything. Clear your mind must be if you are to discover the real benefits of water reuse.

Quantification is the path to the light side. Information leads to action. Action leads to change. Change leads to Strong Towns.

You will know the good from the bad when you are calm, at peace. Passive. A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and green redevelopment, never for destruction.

Yes, a city's strength flows from public transportation. But beware of the dark side. Sprawl, suburbia, lack of transportation options; the dark side of the Force are they. Easily they flow, quick to join you in a fight. If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will, as it did most cities in North America.

Named must your insanity be before banish it you can. The waste of drinking water that is.

This one a long time have I watched. All it's history many have looked away… to the future, to the horizon. Never our mind on what is best for the lake. Hmm? What are we doing?

Quantify must your amenity be before cherish it you can.

Through the Force, things you will see. Other places. Other forms of transportation. The future…the past. Old streetcars long gone.

Use pervious surfaces, we must. They are our city rainwater management hope.

Density matters, ... Look at the suburbs. Judge them by walkability, do you? Save them you can't. 

Already know you that which you need. Blaming each other does not get the work done. Each must do their part. Stormwater management and restoring shoreline vegetation and wetlands. Save you it can.

Blind we are, if the benefits of waterfront places we could not see.

Hmm. In the end, people against bikes and public transit are those who follow the dark side.

Much to learn we still have… This is just the beginning! We need to reinvent downtown development. Odd that old people are holding back good redevelopment.

Reckless we are in development of land. Matters are worse. Bankrupt we are.

Many of the truths that we cling to depend on our point of view. Truly wonderful the ecology of a city is.

We must unlearn what we have learned with our failed suburban experiment.

To answer development with just more development, the Jedi way this is not. In our failure to design community, a danger there is, of losing who we are.

Once you start down the path of decline, forever will it dominate your destiny, drain your coffers it will.  

Pollution related:

Once you start down the dark path of discounting environmental standards, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will.

Blind we are, if the negative consequences of weak environmental regulations we could not see. Always two there are, no more, no less: greed and pollution.

Severely altered an atmosphere, we has. How embarrassing. How embarrassing.

Decrease the burden on lakes affected by past emissions, lower pollution in the present would. 

Mudhole? Slimy? Salty? My home this is!

Powerful the pollution consequences become, the dark side I sense in them.

We always find what we dumped in.

In a dark place we find ourselves related to mining, and a little more knowledge lights our way. Difficult to see the long-term consequences of our exploitation of minerals. Always in motion is the future.

Once you start down the dark path of mixing sewage with storm runoff, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will.

Powerful the agricultural interests have become, the dark side I sense in them.

Conservation matters, ... Look at the waste on lawns. Judge conservation on no change in potable water use, do you?

To be Sustainable is to face the truth, and choose. Capture energy, or light. Be a recycler, or eliminate waste.

If you don't advance new pollution control efforts now — if you choose the quick and easy path — you will become an agent of darkness.

Integrated, integrated, integrated, we must learn integrated pest management!

In a dark place we find ourselves, and a potentially a widely used pesticide may be the cause.

In a dark place we find ourselves, and a little more poison kills us slowly.

When you use mercury, careful you must be. For the mercury poisons back.

Control, control, you must learn control! Use the market force Luke.

If no mistake have you made, yet losing you are … a different game you should play. Change standards without changing system, skeptical we are.

Much to learn you still have…my old padawan. This is just the beginning to better understand our Monarch butterfly friends.

You will find what you spread on the road and lawn. A cause and effect.

The phosphorus clouds everything. Quantified must your diet be before reaching it you can.

He was strong enough to defeat it. Like the commercialization before it, be destroyed, it must.

When you fail to consider groundwater, careful you must be. For the loss of groundwater bites back.

Looking? Found something you have, eh? Our stuff keeps moving with negative consequences. Happens to everything we create sometimes this does.