Quotes by environmentalists to inspire sustainable living for the future
“The Earth is in a death spiral. It will take radical action to save us.”
Some of the most hard-hitting environment quotes.
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”
“We’re running the most dangerous experiment in history right now, which is to see how much carbon dioxide the atmosphere can handle before there is an environmental catastrophe.”
– Elon Musk
“Climate change is the greatest threat to our existence in our short history on this planet. Nobody’s going to buy their way out of its effects.”
“A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children”.
– John James Audubon
“By polluting the oceans, not mitigating CO2 emissions and destroying our biodiversity, we are killing our planet. Let us face it, there is no planet B.”
“I feel more confident than ever that the power to save the planet rests with the individual consumer”.
– Denis Hayes
“[Sustainability:] It’s the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do, it’s the profitable thing to do.”
– L. Hunter Lovins
“Nature provides a free lunch, but only if we control our appetites”.
– William Ruckelshaus
“One thing leads to the other. Deforestation leads to climate change, which leads to ecosystem losses, which negatively impacts our livelihoods – it’s a vicious cycle.”
“We don’t have time to sit on our hands as our planet burns. For young people, climate change is bigger than election or re-election. It’s life or death.”
“The world is reaching the tipping point beyond which climate change may become irreversible. If this happens, we risk denying present and future generations the right to a healthy and sustainable planet – the whole of humanity stands to lose.”
“Pollution and climate change by excessive burning of fossil fuels are real threats, not the people who warn that we must take these threats seriously.”
“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. I want you to act. I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if the house is on fire, because it is.”