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27 Fantastic Quotes About Sustainability, Eco-Living & The Environment

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Hopefully, my list of 27 fantastic quotes will inspire you on your journey of green eco-friendly living and sustainability. I believe that Eco-friendly living is our only future, and Niall FitzGerald summed this up beautifully  when he said,

“Sustainability is here to stay, or we might not be.”  

So if you already on the journey or open to change, here are my 27 thought-provoking environmental and sustainability quotes that will agitate your brain and inspire action.

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“What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?”

– Henry David Thoreau

“The case for recycling is strong. The bottom line is clear. Recycling requires a trivial amount of our time. Recycling saves money and reduces pollution. Recycling creates more jobs than landfilling or incineration.

And a largely ignored but very important consideration, recycling reduces our need to dump our garbage in someone else’s backyard.”

 – David Morris

“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

“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

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FACT

The average monthly amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, as recorded at the Mauna Loa weather station in Hawaii in September 2020, was 411.29 parts per million (ppm), an increase of 2.75ppm on the 2019 level.  Meanwhile, an increase of 2.22ppm of CO2 was observed at Cape Grim in Tasmania, Australia, with CO2 reaching an average of 410.8ppm in September 2020.

“There is a beginning and end to all life – and all human endeavors. Species evolve and die off. Empires rise, then break apart. Businesses grow, then fold. There are no exceptions. I’m OK with all that.

Yet it pains me to bear witness to the sixth great extinction, where we humans are directly responsible for the extirpation of so many wonderful creatures and invaluable indigenous cultures. It saddens me to observe the plight of our own species; we appear to be incapable of solving our problems.”

  – Yvon Chouinard

“I think that the equator could act as a great equalizer for all life on Earth, celebrated as the great energy belt of the planet. If all our energy grids were synchronized, the light side of the planet could provide energy for the dark side, according to the movement of the sun.”

 Antony Gormley

“Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man.”

 – Stewart Udall

“We need to think of the future and the planet we are going to leave to our children and their children.”

 – Kofi Annan

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FACT

The world population is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050.

As a result, forests are being cleared at alarming rates, an estimated 18 million acres each year. Simultaneously, poor agriculture practices lead to millions of acres of land lost annually through soil erosion and land degradation.

“Look after the land, and the land will look after you, destroy the land, and it will destroy you.”

 – Aboriginal Proverb

“You have to hold yourself accountable for your actions, and that’s how we’re going to protect the Earth.”

 – Julia Butterfly Hill

“Climate change is destroying our path to sustainability. Ours is a world of looming challenges and increasingly limited resources. Sustainable development offers the best chance to adjust our course.”

 – Ban Ki-moon

“If you focus on what you’ve left behind, you will never be able to see what lies ahead.”

 – From the movie: “Ratatouille.”

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FACT

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.

“The one thing that does not abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”

 – Harper Lee

“The first rule of sustainability is to align with natural forces, or at least not try to defy them.”

  – Paul Hawken

“It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on earth, and if we can teach our children to honor nature’s gifts, the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever.”

 Jimmy Carter

“The future is made of the same stuff as the present.”

– Simone Weil

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FACT

There is no such thing as “clean hydropower” on a large-scale. Hydro dams result in fluctuations in downstream flows, dewater stream channels, and cause the death and reduction of aquatic species.

 Dams eliminate habitats both in the reservoirs and in the river below. Migratory fish may not survive their downstream travel, faced with numerous human-made obstacles. The return trip is even more challenging.

Dams also contribute to global warming. Within the last 20 years, large dam methane emissions have equaled about the equivalent of 7.5 billion tons of carbon dioxide.

“People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.”

 – V from the movie “V is for Vendetta”

“Consume less; share better.”

 – Hervé Kempf

“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

“Sustainability, ensuring the future of life on Earth, is an infinite game, the endless expression of generosity on behalf of all.”

 Paul Hawken

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FACT

The oceans occupy nearly 71% of our planet’s surface.

More than 97% of all our planet’s water is contained in the ocean.

 The top ten feet of our oceans hold as much heat as our entire atmosphere.

Plastic waste kills up to 1 million sea birds, 100,000 sea mammals, and countless fish each year.

Nearly 60 percent of the world’s remaining reefs are at significant risk of being lost in the next three decades.

“The reason why we won’t face up to our problems with the environment is that we are the problem. It’s not the corporations out there. It’s not the governments; it’s us. We’re the ones telling the corporations to make more stuff and make it as cheap and as disposable as possible. We’re not citizens anymore. We’re consumers.

That’s what we’re called. It’s just like being an alcoholic and being in denial that you’re an alcoholic. We’re in denial that each and every one of us is the problem. And until we face up to that, nothing’s going to happen.

So, there’s a movement for simplifying your life: purchase less stuff, own a few things that are very high quality that last a long time, and that are multifunctional.”

– Yvon Chouinard

“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

In Summary

I hope you enjoyed my list of thought-provoking sustainability and environmental quotes that inspire change towards Eco-friendly living.

There are many other articles and quotes on this website to help and motivate you to achieve that goal. But to give you a boost, there are a few links to related articles below that will help you start your journey. 

Mark

A proud father of two boys, an amateur actor, and a green living enthusiast, Mark has been sharing hints, tips, and sustainable living content on his website Sustainability Dad since august 2019.

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