Quotes about the environment, nature and sustainable living

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by July 24

30 quotes about the environment, nature and sustainable living that are inspirational and motivating

If you are looking for quotes about the environment, love of nature and the planet we live on, try these as an accompaniment to your next travel or nature photo.

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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

Young people: They care. They know that this is the world that they’re going to grow up in, that they’re going to spend the rest of their lives in. But, I think it’s more idealistic than that. They actually believe that humanity, human species, has no right to destroy and despoil regardless. Sir David Attenborough




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.

Quotes about the environment:

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. 

I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy’. 

Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, and love; it will all come back to you in abundance. This is the law of nature.

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin

Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.Barack Obama

Our challenge isn’t so much to teach children about the natural world, but to find ways to nurture and sustain the instinctive connections they already carry. ― Terry Krautwurst

How is it possible that the most intellectual creature to ever walk the planet Earth is destroying its only home?Jane Goodall


Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.

– Lao Tzu


Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you. – Frank Lloyd Wright

We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect. – Aldo Leopold

Where the quality of life goes down for the environment, the quality of life goes down for humans. – George Holland

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

Try to leave the earth a better place than when you arrived.Sidney Sheldon


Quote: The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.

The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.Robert Swan


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

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them – Albert Einstein

We are living on this planet as if we had another one to go to. – Terry Swearingen

Where flowers bloom, so does hope. Lady Bird Johnson

The world is not in your books and maps, it’s out there.

– J.R.R. Tolkien

We do not inherit Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. Native American Proverb

Save the Earth, it’s our only source of chocolate! – Anonymous

Nature never hurries: atom by atom, little by little, she achieves her work. The lesson one learns from yachting or planting is the manners of Nature; patience with the delays of wind and sun, delays of the seasons, bad weather, excess or lack of water.Ralph Waldo Emerson

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.Anne Frank

The ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard. – Gaylord Nelson


Quote: 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.

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

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