Environmental quotes that will inspire you to save the planet

Anyone who’s seen my Instagram feed knows I love a good inspirational quote, especially from some of the world’s best environmentalists and activists. Here’s a list of my favourites environmental quotes:

Indigenous Environmental Quotes

“The Holy Land is everywhere” – Black Elk

“Our spirituality is a oneness and an interconnectedness with all that lives and breathes, even with all that does not live or breathe.” – Mudrooroo

“The land is my mother. Like a human mother, the land gives us protection, enjoyment and provides our needs – economic, social and religious. We have a human relationship with the land: Mother, daughter, son. When the land is taken from us or destroyed, we feel hurt because we belong to the land and we are part of it.” – Djinyini Gondarra

“So I take this word reconciliation and I use it to reconcile people back to Mother Earth, so they can walk this land together and heal one another because she’s the one that gives birth to everything we see around us, everything we need to survive.” – Max Dulumunmun Harrison

“We cultivated our land, but in a way different from the white man. We endeavored to live with the land; they seemed to live off it. I was taught to preserve, never to destroy.” – Tom Dystra

“The more you know, the less you need.” – Australian Aboriginal saying

Female Environmental Quotes

“Any little thing that brings us back into communion with the natural world and the spiritual power that permeates all life will help us to move a little further along the path of human moral and spiritual evolution.” – Jane Goodall

“The generation that destroys the environment is not the generation that pays the price. That is the problem.” – Wangari Maathai

“So we can’t save the world by playing by the rules. Because the rules have to be changed. Everything needs to change. And it has to start today. So everyone out there: it is now time for civil disobedience. It is time to rebel.” –  Greta Thunberg

“Ecofeminists call attention to the fact that environmentalists, feminists, and those fighting racism and poverty, are pulling on different straws in the same broom.” – Lisa Kemmerer

“We have dangerously warmed our world already, and our governments still refuse to take the actions necessary to halt the trend” – Naomi Klein

“We all have a massive transition to make. A massive – and I hope a joyful – transition.” – Isabel Losada

“If all the world is a commodity, how poor we grow. When all the world is a gift in motion, how wealthy become.” – Robin Wall Kimmerer

“Human manners are wildly inconsistent; plenty of people have said so. But this one takes the cake: the manner in which we’re allowed to steal from future generations while commanding them not to do that to us, and rolling our eyes at anyone who is tediously PC enough to point that out. The conspicuous consumption of limited resources has yet to be accepted widely as a spiritual error, or even bad manners.” – Barbara Kingsolver

Environmental Quotes from History

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

“I am glad I will not be young in a future without wilderness.” – Aldo Leopold

“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.” –  Theodore Roosevelt

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

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

“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

Eco Entrepreneur Quotes

“Everything we personally own that’s made, sold, shipped, stored, cleaned, and ultimately thrown away does some environmental harm every step of the way, harm that we’re either directly responsible for or is done on our behalf.” – Yvon Chouinard

“In looking at waste as an entirely modern, man-made idea, I stopped viewing garbage as garbage and instead slowly started to see it as a commodity.” – Tom Szaky

Popular Culture Environmental Quotes

“Oh Beautiful for smoggy skies, insecticided grain,
For strip-mined mountain’s majesty above the asphalt plain.
America, America, man sheds his waste on thee,
And hides the pines with billboard signs, from sea to oily sea.” – George Carlin

“You say that you love your children above everything else. And yet you are stealing their future.” – Greta Thunberg

“To understand the Dreamtime, you must understand that we do not own the land. The land is our mother and she owns and nurtures us.” – Lance Morcan

“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

“Changing how we eat will not be enough, on its own, to save the planet, but we cannot save the planet without changing how we eat.” – Jonathan Safran Foer

“The good Earth – we could have saved it, but we were too damn cheap and lazy.” – Kurt Vonnegut Jr

“Here is a very simple law of our world: We help nature; and nature helps us! Very simple! We protect nature; and nature protects us!” – Mehmet Murat ildan

Vegan Environmental Quotes

“Grass fed meat is an environmental nightmare perpetuated by elitists who refuse to change their eating habits.” – Lisa Kemmerer

“The four highest-impact things an individual can do to tackle climate change are eat a plant-based diet, avoid air travel, live car-free, and have fewer children. Of those four actions, only plant-based eating immediately addresses methane and nitrous oxide, the most urgently important greenhouse gases.” – Jonathan Safran Foer

Religious Environmental Quotes

“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 human beings were to treat one another’s personal property the way they treat the natural environment, we would view that behavior as anti-social and illegal.” – Patriarch Bartholomew

World Leader Environmental Quotes

“Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.” – Jimmy Carter

“The real power belongs to the people.” – Greta Thunberg

General Environmental Quotes

“If anything the pandemic should make us realize that humanity is NOT the most powerful thing on this planet and that we should rethink our relationship with planet Earth.” – Don Rittner

“Instead of modifying their beliefs, institutions, politics, and property systems to fit their environment, humans enter habitats and alter them to suit their cultures.” – Jon T. Coleman

“So we can’t save the world by playing by the rules. Because the rules have to be changed. Everything needs to change. And it has to start today. So everyone out there: it is now time for civil disobedience. It is time to rebel.” – Greta Thunberg

“People ‘over-produce’ pollution because they are not paying for the costs of dealing with it.” – Ha-Joon Chang

“Many ecophilosophers in the Western world have warned that Western civilization as a whole is on a fundamentally wrong track, racing toward a head-on collision with the limits of what our planet can tolerate.” – Jostein Gaarder

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