Quote of the Century

The economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment.

- Margaret Atwood*

*This whole CBC Writers & Company interview is excellent (if you like Atwood), but the really political stuff begins at minute 43:00.


It’s an excellent quote indeed, but not Atwood’s. It’s been attributed to a number of people, but most commonly Gaylord Nelson [1]. Elizabeth May uses it a lot, as do some scientists [2] and even UK conservatives [3].

[1] http://www.wilderness.org/AboutUs/Nelson_Bio.cfm
[2] http://www.aaas.org/news/releases/2006/1002tickell.shtml
[3] http://www.conservatives.com/tile.do?def=news.story.page&obj_id=132555