You cannot protect the environment unless you empower people, you inform them, and you help them understand that these resources are their own, that they must protect them.— Wangari Maathai
Surprising Climate Change quotations
You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.
How could I look my grandchildren in the eye and say I knew what was happening to the world and did nothing.
Income and wealth inequality have reached obscene levels, the threat of climate change is more frightening than ever, and the billionaire class is now allowed to spend unlimited amounts of money to buy the candidate they want. And it is up to us to stand up and fight back. If we stand together, there is no limit to what we can accomplish.
You can't change how people treat you or what they say about you. All you can do is change how you react to it.
If the world is to be healed through human efforts, I am convinced it will be by ordinary people, people whose love for this life is even greater than their fear. People who can open to the web of life that called us into being
I'm no longer sceptical. I no longer have any doubt at all. I think climate change is the major challenge facing the world.
Hope is essential to any political struggle for radical change when the overall social climate promotes disillusionment and despair.
Some days I wish I could go back in life. Not to change anything, but to feel a few things twice.
Every person who has ever achieved anything has been knocked down many times.
But all of them picked themselves up and kept going, and that is what I have always tried to do.
If we want to cure the things that threaten life, limb and even survival, we need to heal our sick political system. That is, not just to address our physical ailments, but the things that determine whether we're going to survive into the next century. That is war, climate change, poverty, etc. We've got to fix our politics.
...climate change is accelerating. It threatens our well being, our security, and our economic development. It will lead to uncontrollable risks and dramatic damage if we do not take resolute countermeasures.
The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion.
Climate change does not respect border;
it does not respect who you are - rich and poor, small and big. Therefore, this is what we call global challenges, which require global solidarity.
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 are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis.
There comes a day when you realize turning the page is the best feeling in the world, because you realize there is so much more to the book than the page you were stuck on.
We may have made one of the biggest and most stupid collective mistakes in history by getting so worried about global warming.
Our economy is at war with many forms of life on earth, including human life.
What the climate needs to avoid collapse is a contraction of humanity's use of resources; what our economic model demands to avoid collapse is unfettered expansion. Only one of these sets of rules can be changed, and it's not the laws of nature
Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth.
.. these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women's empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.
When thinking about life, remember this: no amount of guilt can change the past, and no amount of anxiety can change the future.
We're running out of time.
The Earth is not dying-it is being killed.
And the people who are killing it have names and addresses.
Electric power is everywhere present in unlimited quantities and can drive the world's machinery without the need of coal, oil, gas, or any other of the common fuels.
Failure are part of life. If you don't fail, you don't learn. If you don't learn you'll never change.
You are here to enable the divine purpose of the Universe to unfold. That is how important you are!
When I circled the moon and looked back at Earth, my outlook on life and my viewpoint of Earth changed... Earth is a spaceship, just like Apollo - and just like Apollo, the crew must learn to live and work together. We must learn to manage the resources of this world with new imagination.
I have spent my adult life trying to figure out why parents and society put themselves into a race -- what's the hurry? I keep trying to convey the pleasure every parent and teacher could feel while observing, appreciating and enjoying what the infant is doing. This attitude would change our educational climate from worry to joy.
Progress is impossible without change and those who cannot change their minds, cannot change anything.
The environment is in us, not outside of us.
The trees are our lungs, the rivers our bloodstream. We are all interconnected, and what you do to the environment ultimately you do to yourself.
Well, I have my own article on where the heck is global warming?.
..The fact is that we can't account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can't.
But one must say clearly that we redistribute de facto the world's wealth by climate policy...One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy any more.
Isn't it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different.
Quite frankly, there is no answer to climate change without substantially, dramatically, increasing the amount of renewable energy in the global energy system.
Nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change.
Unless we take action on climate change, future generations will be roasted, toasted, fried and grilled.
Maturity is when you stop complaining and making excuses, and start making changes.
Let's just say that global warming deniers are now on a par with Holocaust deniers.
We’re making new investments in the development of gasoline and diesel and jet fuel that’s actually made from a plant-like substance-algae... We could replace up to 17 percent of the oil we import for transportation with this fuel that we can grow right here in the United States.
If we took away barriers to women's leadership, we would solve the climate change problem a lot faster
Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don't belong.
It is our collective and individual responsibility to preserve and tend to the environment in which we all live.
I fairly sizzle with zeal, energy, and enthusiasm;
eager to do that which ought to be done by me today.
Climate change policy is about how we redistribute de facto the world’s wealth.
Global warming is part of natural cycle and there's nothing we can actually do to stop these cycles. The world is now facing spending a vast amount of money in tax to try to solve a problem that doesn't actually exist.
If I do an interview with [Holocaust survivor] Elie Wiesel, am I required as a journalist to find a Holocaust denier?