If you are looking for a little inspiration to continue the good fight (or persuade others too), this collection of planet-saving environmental quotes is perfect for you.
Individually each quote raises an issue, and collectively all of them highlight the need for immediate change and positive action.
Let these quotes stir you on, reinforce your vigor and inspire you to keep fighting for the good of the earth. And if possible, please share the quotes with family, friends, and social media to get the word out.
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Environmental Quotes that inspire action
“By the clock of geology, this climate shift is unfolding at a dizzying, perhaps unprecedented pace, but by time scales relevant to people, it’s happening in slow motion.”
– Andrew Revkin
“Some people say that we are not doing enough to fight climate change. But that is not true. Because to “not do enough” you have to do something. And the truth is we are basically not doing anything.”
– Greta Thunberg
“We are the first generation to feel the impact of climate change and the last generation that can do something about it.”
– Barack Obama
“Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least.”
– Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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“The Earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.”
– Pope John Paul II
“If we wipe out the fish, the oceans are going to die. If the oceans die, we die. We can’t live on this planet with a dead ocean.”
– Paul Watson
“Forests and meat animals compete for the same land. The prodigious appetite of the affluent nations for meat means that agribusiness can pay more than those who want to preserve or restore the forest.
We are, quite literally, gambling with the future of our planet – for the sake of hamburgers”
– Peter Singer
“From year to year, environmental changes are incremental and often barely register in our lives, but from evolutionary or geological perspectives, what is happening is explosive change.”
– David Suzuki
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“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”
– Abraham Lincoln
“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
“The great thing about the dilemma we’re in is that we get to re-imagine every single thing we do…There isn’t a single thing that doesn’t require a complete remake.
There are two ways of looking at that. One is: Oh my gosh, what a big burden. The other way, which I prefer, is:
What a great time to be born! What a great time to be alive! Because this generation gets to essentially completely change the world.”
– Paul Hawken
“If we pollute the air, water and soil that keep us alive and well, and destroy the biodiversity that allows natural systems to function, no amount of money will save us.”
– David Suzuki
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“We are literally eating the oceans alive and there are simply not enough fish to continue to feed an ever-expanding population of humanity.”
– Paul Watson
“Here we are, arguably the most intelligent being that ever walked planet Earth, with this extraordinary brain, yet we’re destroying the only home we have.”
– Jane Goodall
“If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them something more than the miracles of technology.
We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it.”
– Lyndon B. Johnson
“The single biggest threat to our planet is the destruction of habitat and along the way loss of precious wildlife.
We need to reach a balance where people, habitat, and wildlife can co-exist – if we don’t everyone loses … one day.”
– Steve Irwin
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“We are in danger of destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity.
We cannot remain looking inwards at ourselves on a small and increasingly polluted and overcrowded planet.”
– Stephen Hawking
“To all of you who choose to look the other way every day because you seem more frightened of the changes that can prevent catastrophic climate change than the catastrophic climate change itself. Your silence is worst of all.”
– Greta Thunberg
“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
“If you’re asking when climate change is going to “happen,” you’re really asking when’s it going to happen to “me” because it’s already happened to many other people.”
– Eric Roston
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“We are being made aware that the organization of society on the principle of private profit, as well as public destruction, is leading both to the deformation of humanity by unregulated industrialism, and to the exhaustion of natural resources, and that a good deal of our material progress is a progress for which succeeding generations may have to pay dearly.”
– T.S. Eliot
“One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds.
An ecologist must either harden his shell and make-believe that the consequences of science are none of his business, or he must be the doctor who sees the marks of death in a community that believes itself well and does not want to be told otherwise.”
– Aldo Leopold
I hope you found this list of planet-saving environmental quotes uplifting and inspirational, and they helped highlight concerns and the need for action.
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