120 Environmental Quotes
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The first and greatest knowledge, and also common to all men, is the division and order of our environment.
Our government … is like a rich and foolish spendthrift who has inherited a magnificent estate in perfect order, and then has left his fields and meadows, forests and parks, to be sold and plundered and wasted.
You can’t outrun an environmentalist to the left… (T)hey will always stay ahead of you and demand more from you.
James G Watt
I don’t think they will be happy until the White House looks like a bird’s nest.
Environmentalism itself, properly viewed, is not an obstructionist philosophy but rather an expression of purpose, yearning and rising expectations, another chapter in the saga of human progress.
Samuel C Florman
In the relations of man with the animals, with the flowers, with the objects of creation, there is a great ethic, scarcely perceived as yet, which will at length break forth into the light and which will be the corollary and complement to human ethics.
I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.
We used to be hunter-gatherers, now we’re shopper-borrowers.
I would suggest it is a good way to manage a fish hatchery but a lousy way to manage an environment.
Saying sulfates do not cause acid rain is the same as saying that smoking does not cause lung cancer.
It’s quite clear that consumers are now almost more aware of the packaging than the product.
We’ll never know the worth of water till the well go dry.
As the man is worth, his land is worth.
R C Trench
We can’t keep studying this thing to death: we’re got to do something about it.
Forestry is the preservation of forests by wise use.
Who can describe the sentiment one feels when entering forests as old as the world, forests which alone provide an idea of the creation, as it left the hands of God?
Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand
The hours when the mind is absorbed by beauty are the only hours when we truly live.
Nature never breaks her own laws.
Leonardo da Vinci
Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love.
That fish which is bred in the dirt will always taste of the mud.
Earth gives life and seeks the man who walks gently upon it.
Less is more.
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
(Water is) the one substance from which the earth can conceal nothing; it sucks out its innermost secrets and brings them to our very lips.
One way to be rich is not to want anything.
Kenneth E Boulding
The Earth is our Mother, and we are all her children.
A developed Agriculture is a fabulous polluter;
As development gets faster, then the problem gets acuter.
We are loading up the planet with a lot of nitric trash,
And if nitrogen falls off its cycle-wow! Is that a crash.
Kenneth E Boulding
Holy Mother Earth, the trees and all nature, are witnesses of your thoughts and deeds.
Mother Nature Says: ‘Clean Up Your Room’
Anonymous T-shirt slogan
This is not dead land, it is only thirsty land.
Nature uses as little as possible of anything.
The smart ones are going green, the dumb ones are not, and the foolish ones are pretending.
We are mining the soil of its fertility, and are draining oil and gas fields of their wealth to get the energy to do that…. We can’t afford to let our food system just ‘run out’ some day.
If something is said about nature, then it is already no longer nature.
If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.
Destroying rain forest for economic gain is like burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal.
Edward O Wilson
Life would be so much easier if we weren’t always struggling to clean up our grandparents’ messes!
When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.
It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.
A weed is a flower growing in the wrong place.
George Washington Carver
Hopefully the trips we will be making in the next couple of decades will open up our eyes a little. When you are looking at the Earth from the lunar distance, its atmosphere is just unobservable. The atmosphere is so thin, and such a minute part of the Earth, that it can’t be sensed at all. That should impress everyone. The atmosphere of the Earth is a small and valuable resource. We’ve going to have to learn how to conserve it and use it wisely. Down here in the crowd you are aware of the atmosphere and it seems adequate, so you don’t worry about it too much. But from a different vantage point, perhaps it is possible to understand more easily why we should be worrying.
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