Inspirational Quotes for Environmental Consciousness

Environmental Quotes

"Environmental means encompass the entirety of the natural world, spanning from the physical, biological, and chemical elements of the Earth's systems to human actions aimed at preserving and protecting it. This includes efforts to reduce pollution, conserve resources, and address climate change. In essence, it encapsulates both the natural and human-made factors shaping the health of our planet and its inhabitants."

Environmental Quotes

1. “We won’t have a society if we destroy the environment.”
― Margaret Mead

2. “Environment is no one’s property to destroy; it’s everyone’s responsibility to protect.”
― Mohith Agadi

3. “We don’t have to sacrifice a strong economy for a healthy environment.”
― Dennis Weaver

4. “A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

5. “What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?”
― Henry David Thoreau

6. “Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth… these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women’s empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.”
― Ban Ki-moon

7. “If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.”
― E. O. Wilson

8. “What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.”
― Chris Maser

9. “Our planet’s alarm is going off, and it is time to wake up and take action!”
― Leonardo DiCaprio

10. “To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed.”
― Theodore Roosevelt

11. “Sooner or later, we will have to recognise that the Earth has rights, too, to live without pollution. What mankind must know is that human beings cannot live without Mother Earth, but the planet can live without humans.”
― Evo Morales

12. “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

13. “It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.”
― Ansel Adams

14. “The most important thing about global warming is this. Whether humans are responsible for the bulk of climate change is going to be left to the scientists, but it’s all of our responsibility to leave this planet in better shape for the future generations than we found it.”
― Mike Huckabee

15. “The only way forward, if we are going to improve the quality of the environment, is to get everybody involved.”
― Richard Rogers

16. “You can start changing the world for the better daily – no matter how small the action.”
― Nelson Mandella

17. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
― Margaret Mead

18. “Just because you’re trash, doesn’t mean you can’t do great things. It is called a Garbage CAN… NOT a Garbage CANNOT.”
― Oscar The Grouch

19. “I am only one but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.”
― Edward Everett Hale

20. “We may never reach the ZERO in Zero Waste, but that’s no reason to take ZERO action.”
― Anne-Marie Bonneau

21. “One to change a few. A few to change many. Many to change the world. It all starts with one.”
― Unknown

22. “The greatest threat o our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”
― Robert Swan

23. “Nobody made a greater mistake than they who did nothing because they could only do a little.”
― Paraphrased From Edmund Burke

24. “Discipline is just choosing between what you want now and what you want most.”
― Abraham Lincoln

25. “There are 7 days in a week. And someday ain’t one of them.”
― Shaq

26. “I like to envision the whole world as a jigsaw puzzle… If you look at the whole picture, it is overwhelming and terrifying, but if you work on your little part of the jigsaw and know that people all over the world are working on their little bits, that’s what will give you hope.”
― Jane Goodall

27. “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
― Maya Angelou

28. “If you think you’re too small to make a difference… Consider the size of a mosquito.”
― African Proverb

29. “If many little people in many little places do many little things. They can change the face of the Earth.”
― Franzi

30. “We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.”
― Anne-Marie Bonneau

31. “Poll _ tion… Ed_ cation… Sol _ tion….. What’s missing?”
― Unknown

32. “If you don’t like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time.”
― Marian Wright Edelman

33. “If you can’t find the inspiration… be the inspiration!
― Unknown

34. “The Earth is what we all have in common.”
― Wendell Berry

35. “We are on Earth to take care of life. We are on Earth to take care of each other.”
― Xiye Bastida

36. “All we have to do is to wake up and change.”
― Greta Thunberg

37. “Preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”
― Carl Sagan

38. “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
― Albert Einstein

39. “Those who have the privilege to know have the duty to act.”
― Albert Einstein

40. “If you want to become an instrument of change, gather people in your community and host a regular conversation. The only way to succeed is to connect people, share inspiration and support one another.”
― Deepak Chopra

41. “A year from now you will wish you had started today.”
― Karen Lamb

42. “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
― Arthur Ashe

43. “Action is the antidote to despair.”
― Edward Abbey

44. “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make.”
― Jane Goodall

45. “We are the first generation to feel the impact of climate change and the last generation that can do something about it.”
― Barack Obama

46. “Adults keep saying we owe it to the young people to give them hope. But I don’t want your hope, I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic, I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act, I want you to act as if you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if the house was on fire, because it is.”
― Greta Thunberg

47. “Because, underneath all of this is the real truth we have been avoiding: climate change isn’t an “issue” to add to the list of things to worry about, next to health care and taxes. It is a civilizational wake-up call. A powerful message—spoken in the language of fires, floods, droughts, and extinctions—telling us that we need an entirely new economic model and a new way of sharing this planet. Telling us that we need to evolve.”
― Naomi Klein

48. “Every time you spend money you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.”
― Anna Lappe

49. “Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as life lasts.”
― Rachel Carson

50. “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.”
― Audrey Hepburn

51. “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
― Chinese Proverb

52. “Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.”
― Gary Snyder

53. “When we destroy something created by man we call it vandalism, but when we destroy something created by nature we call it progress.”
― Ed Begley Jnr

54. “Sustainability is here to stay, or we may not be.”
― Niall FitzGerald

55. “Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.”

56. “Nature provides a free lunch, but only if we control our appetites.”
― William Ruckelshaus

57. “The difference between animals and humans is that animals change themselves for the environment, but humans change the environment for themselves.”
― Ayn Rand

58. “The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion.”
― Paulo Coelho

59. “There is no such thing as ‘away’. When we throw anything away, it must go somewhere.”
― Annie Leonard

60. “Refuse what you do not need; reduce what you do need; reuse what you consume; recycle what you cannot refuse, reduce, or reuse; and rot (compost) the rest.”
― Bea Johnson

61. “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”
― Archbishop Desmond Tutu

62. “Waste is a design flaw.”
― Kate Kreba

63. “There is sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

64. “Nature provides a free lunch, but only if we control our appetites.”
― William Ruckelshaus

65. “We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.”
― Thomas Fuller

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