Environmental Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old environmental quotes, environmental sayings, and environmental proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Good environmental policy is good economic policy.     

Bernie Sanders

With environmental progress continuing, environmental consciousness high among the american people and the environmental movement increasingly viewed as an obstacle to further environmental progress, both earth day and the environmental movement may have run their course.     

David A. Ridenour

The potential in many environmental issues is that if you undertake corrective action without appropriate understanding of the problem, then you wind up doing more harm than good.     

Hugh Ross

Let the mountains talk, let the river run. Once more, and forever.     

David R Brower

Environmental concern is now firmly embedded in public life: in education, medicine and law; in journalism, literature and art.     

Barry Commoner

Environmental quality was drastically improved while economic activity grew by the simple expedient of removing lead from gasoline which prevented it from entering the environment.     

Barry Commoner

I do believe very strongly that all of us and all of the other things in the context of our planet with mother nature, all of these things absolutely have a profound effect.     

Kiefer Sutherland

The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.     

Charles Darwin

Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.     

Albert Einstein

Curing environmental ills requires not a stance outside nature, but a stance within nature, a role not as onlooker without, but as an actor within.     

Valerius Geist

Our environment, the world in which we live and work, is a mirror of our attitudes and expectations.     

Earl Nightingale

The re-establishment of an ecological balance depends on the ability of society to counteract the progressive materialization of values. The ecological balance cannot be re-established unless we recognize again that only persons have ends and only persons can work towards them.     

Ivan Illich

People need to be cautious because anything built by man can be destroyed by mother nature.     

Russel Honore

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

The only way you can estimate environmental influences is by measuring them.     

Richard Bentall

Environmental pollution is an incurable disease. It can only be prevented.     

Barry Commoner

I really believe in the environmental movement right now it only takes a little effort to make a big difference.     

Brooke Burke

Keep close to nature's heart and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.     

John Muir

The use of sea and air is common to all; neither can a title to the ocean belong to any people or private persons, forasmuch as neither nature nor public use and custom permit any possession therof.     

Elizabeth I

Environmental issues are on everyone's mind. It's part of our culture now and I can only applaud and laud anyone who is doing what they can and raising awareness.     

Keanu Reeves

Our environmental problems originate in the hubris of imagining ourselves as the central nervous system or the brain of nature. We're not the brain, we are a cancer on nature.     

David Foreman

I don't see this planet being they're talking about how they're turning around the environmental problems here, but I think it's already too late.     

Ace Frehley

All our environmental problems become easier to solve with fewer people and harder and ultimately impossible to solve with ever more people.     

David Attenborough

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Environmental challenges have the power to deny equality of opportunity and hold back the progress of communities.     

Lisa P. Jackson

We learned that economic growth and environmental protection can and should go hand in hand.     

Christopher Dodd

The real cure for our environmental problems is to understand that our job is to salvage mother nature. We are facing a formidable enemy in this field. It is the hunters and to convince them to leave their guns on the wall is going to be very difficult.     

Jacques Yves Cousteau

On the environmental front there's concern about global warming and high levels of carbon dioxide, and trees take in CO2 and store carbon.     

Clive Anderson

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

Stewart Udall

We must not put pressure on people, but by providing information on the population and the environments, and appropriate contraception for everyone doctors should help bring family size into the arena of environmental ethics, analogous to avoiding patio heaters and high carbon cars.     

John Guillebaud

Maintaining healthy forests is essential to those who make a living from the land and for those of us who use them for recreational purposes.     

Cathy McMorris

If we do not permit the earth to produce beauty and joy, it will in the end not produce food, either.     

Joseph Wood Krutch

In the environmental movement, every time you lose a battle it's for good, but our victories always seem to be temporary and we keep fighting them over and over again.     

David Suzuki

The more you know about a species, the more you understand about how better to help protect them.     

Alan Clark

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.     

Albert Einstein

Environmental policy must strike a balance between the earth's best interests and our citizen's pressing needs     

Jim Clyburn

Environmental problems are really social problems anyway. They begin with people as the cause and end with people as the victims.     

Edmund Hillary

Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.     

Jacques Yves Cousteau

We need a new environmental consciousness on a global basis. To do this, we need to educate people.     

Mikhail Gorbachev

The environmental crisis is a signal of this approaching catastrophe.     

Barry Commoner

There's something very environmental about quality. We live in such a disposable society, but real style doesn't change that much.     

Elizabeth Rogers

Everything we see in nature is manifested truth; only we are not able to recognize it unless truth is manifest within ourselves.     

Jakob Bohme

Environmental concern is a phenomena that tends to rise in a nation after a certain level of wealth.     

Ramez Naam

So nature deals with us, and takes away our play things one by one, and by the hand leads us to rest.     

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Take a course in good water and air; and in the eternal youth of Nature you may renew your own. Go quietly, alone; no harm will befall you.     

John Muir

We firmly believe the environmental issues cannot be addressed without extensive public participation, but people need to be informed before they can get involved.     

Ma Jun

The best friend of earth of man is the tree. When we use the tree respectfully and economically, we have one of the greatest resources on the earth.     

Frank Lloyd Wright