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These quotes about sustainability focus on strengthening your resolve when things seem bleak and lost so that you can remain true to your inner eco-warrior.
However, how do you stay strong and positive when all around you people are dismissive of the sustainability issue?
To answer this, I give you my favorite warrior quote.
You will know the limit of your strength when you fight for what you are afraid to lose. If you know what to be scared of, then you fight harder. Eventually, you learn how to win.
Quotes About Sustainability
“This is the moment when we must come together to save this planet. Let us resolve that we will not leave our children a world where the oceans rise and famine spreads and terrible storms devastate our lands.”
– Barack Obama
“The thing that I champion is sustainability. My terror is that suddenly we see it as a luxury, not an essential. That’s a danger.”
– Kevin McCloud
“Reducing our levels of consumption will not be a sacrifice but a bonus if we simply redefine the meaning of the word ‘success.”
– David Wann
“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.”
– Chief Seattle, 1854
Rachel Carson – arguably the first modern-day Eco-warrior
Rachel wrote a letter to the Washington Post in 1953 in which she publicly stated her case for sustainability. Placed within the letter were these two prophetic sentences which could have been written today.
“The real wealth of a nation lies in the resources of the earth -soil, water, forests, minerals, and wildlife. To utilize them for present needs while insuring their preservation for future generations requires a delicately balanced and continuing program, based on the most extensive research.”
“Sustainability is a part of our ‘rise’ philosophy. You cannot rise if you take more from the community than you put back.”
– Anand Mahindra
“We all need to work together because there are no jobs on a dead planet; there is no equity without rights to decent work and social protection, no social justice without a shift in governance and ambition, and, ultimately, no peace for the peoples of the world without the guarantees of sustainability.”
– Sharan Burrow
“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 difference you want to make.”
– Jane Goodall
“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
Paul Watson – the upholder of conservation laws on the high seas.
Although he claims to be one of Greenpeace’s founding members, which was set up in the early 70s – the environmental organization disputes this, acknowledging that he was only “an influential early member.” After splitting with the group in 1977, he set up the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
He bought his first vessel and took to the seas to take direct action against whalers, seal hunters, and shark finners. Over the years, he’s been shot at, chased and arrested, and has also attracted the ire of the Japanese government, who also called him and his team “Eco-terrorists.”
“Issues relating to global health and sustainability must stay high on the agenda if we are to cope with an aging and ever-increasing population, with growing pressure on resources, and with rising global temperatures. The risks and dangers need to be assessed and then confronted.”
– Martin Rees
“You have to hold yourself accountable for your actions, and that’s how we’re going to protect the Earth.”
– Julia Butterfly Hill
“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
“This is the game of those who deny climate change or who deny the need for sustainability. They say, ‘They are going to take everything away from us. They are going to take our cars away from us. They are going to take our steaks from us. They are going to take all the things that make life nice away from us. So let’s not go there.”
– Frans Timmermans
It’s a dreadful reality. We are going through our sixth period of plant and animal mass extinction, the sixth to happen in the last 500 million years. The current wave is considered to be the worst series of species elimination since the dinosaurs disappeared 65 million years ago.
Granted, extinction is a phenomenon that occurs naturally; however, it normally happens at a rate of 1 to 5 species every year. But, as scientists estimate, we are currently losing species 1,000-10,000 times faster than that, which means that literally tens of species are vanishing from the face of the Earth every day.
“This mandate that I seek is about continuity and sustainability against disruption and stagnation, about moving forward versus regressing. We have to safeguard what we have already achieved. We cannot put at risk what we have; we cannot gamble away our future.”
– Najib Razak
“The plundering for profit of the world’s natural resources has threatened the very sustainability of the planet.”
– John McDonnell
“I agree on the need for environmental sustainability. It is no good raising gross national income while at the same time destroying natural assets.”
– Hilary Benn
“It angers me when sustainability gets used as a buzzword. For 90 percent of the world, sustainability is a matter of survival.”
– Cameron Sinclair
Timothy Treadwell – Savior of the Grizzly Bear
A true sustainability Eco-warrior of his day, one of his quotes that inspires me to hold firm and persevere is:
“Just because the way before you has never been clear to you does not mean that you must give up.”
Born Timothy William Dexter, he was an American bear enthusiast, environmentalist, documentary filmmaker, and founder of the bear-protection organization Grizzly People.
He lived among coastal brown bears, which he called grizzly bears, in Katmai National Park in Alaska for 13 summers.
At the end of summer 2003, at 46 years old, he and his girlfriend Amie Huguenard were killed and almost fully eaten by a 28-year-old bear, whose stomach was later found to contain human remains and clothing.
“We don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.”
– Howard Zinn
“Until you dig a hole, you plant a tree, you water it, and make it survive, you haven’t done a thing. You are just talking.”
– Wangari Maathai
“If we each take responsibility in shifting our own behavior, we can trigger the type of change that is necessary to achieve sustainability for our race or this planet. We change our planet, our environment, our humanity every day, every year, every decade, and every millennium.”
– Yehuda Berg
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
– Robert Louis Stevenson
Synthetic vegan leather is made from petroleum-based materials (oil). These materials are generally polyvinylchloride (PVC) or polyurethane (PU), or in other words, PLASTIC!
PVC is the most widely used synthetic in vegan leather. However, PVC is also the most toxic of all plastics and is incredibly hard to recycle.
Other names for synthetic leather include pleather or fleather, PU leather, and leatherette.
Of all of these, only vegan leather whose components can be verified can be guaranteed not to incorporate any animal derivatives.
“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”
– C.S. Lewis
“Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
I hope the 27 quotes about sustainability for the Eco-warrior have helped focus your resolve, strengthen your commitment, and inspire you to attain higher goals.
There are many other articles and quotes on this website that I hope will motivate you and give you your daily sustainability boost.
Why not try one or two of them now!