165 Environmental Issues Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of environmental issues quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about environmental challenges.

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The Most Famous Environmental Issues Quotes (Best in 2024)

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Raising awareness on the most pressing environmental issues of our time is more important than ever. — Leonardo DiCaprio

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

Today, scientists sound the alarm on other environmental dangers. Vested interests still hire their own scientists to confuse the issue. But in the end, nature, will not be fooled. — Neil deGrasse Tyson

I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend? — Robert Redford

The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share. — Lady Bird Johnson

If the environment were a bank, it would have been saved by now — Bernie Sanders

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. — Ian Somerhalder

It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment. — Ansel Adams

We won't have a society if we destroy the environment. — Margaret Mead

In today's world, it is no longer unimaginable to think that business can operate - and even thrive - in an environmentally-friendly manner. — Olympia Snowe

Short Environmental Issues Quotes

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  • The fate of the living planet is the most important issue facing mankind. — Gaylord Nelson
  • People in Slow Food understand that food is an environmental issue. — Michael Pollan
  • The issue of climate change is one that we ignore at our own peril — Barack Obama
  • The ecological crisis is a moral issue. — Pope John Paul II
  • America has not led but fled on the issue of global warming. — John F. Kerry
  • Like I said, I'm more worried long term about the environmental issues then the use of arms. — Hans Blix
  • Climate change is not an environmental issue, but much more to do with security and economics — Jonathon Porritt
  • Franklin Roosevelt was very concerned about environmental issues. — Gaylord Nelson
  • I like the outdoors and the natural world. Environmental issues. — Mackenzie Crook
  • I'd say that animal rights and environmental issues have always been at the forefront of my mind. — Corey Feldman

Environmental Issues Image Quotes

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People in Slow Food understand that food is an environmental issue. — Michael Pollan

Environmental issues quote If we only discuss issues with people who agree with us, we stop learning and be
If we only discuss issues with people who agree with us, we stop learning and become self-righteous.

Environmental Problems Quotes

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The major problems in the world are the result of the difference between how nature works and the way people think. — Gregory Bateson

Overconsumption and overpopulation underlie every environmental problem we face today — Jacques Yves Cousteau

There are nuclear weapons in China, Iran, Korea and Pakistan. It wouldn't take much to send a couple of warheads off on this planet somewhere that would cause a lot of environmental damage, then if you have got someone who wants to retaliate you have real problems. — Edward James Olmos

Environmental issues quote Life is too short to stress yourself with people who don't even deserve to be an
Life is too short to stress yourself with people who don't even deserve to be an issue in your life.

The extinction of Homo Sapiens would mean survival for millions, if not billions, of Earth-dwelling species. Phasing out the human race will solve every problem on Earth - social and environmental. — Ingrid Newkirk

The young generation can influence their elders and can make them understand the environmental problems that are faced by us today. The youth can make them see that our environment is deteriorating day by day. — Oren Lyons

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

Environmental issues quote If we only discuss issues with people who agree with us, we stop learning and be
If we only discuss issues with people who agree with us, we stop learning and become self-righteous.

Most Americans don't know about environmental problems, because we have in our country a negligent and indolent press. The biggest lie that the right wing holds in our country is that there is such a thing as a liberal media. Americans are getting their news from the right-wing media. — Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

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

Environmental degradation, overpopulation, refugees, narcotics, terrorism, world crime movements, and organized crime are worldwide problems that don't stop at a nation's borders. — Warren Christopher

Industrial society seems likely to be entering a period of severe stress, due in part to problems of human behavior and in part to economic and environmental problems — Cyril Connolly

Environmental Challenges Quotes

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The human race is challenged more than ever before to demonstrate our mastery, not over nature but of ourselves. — Rachel Carson

As I became more interested in behavior from the standpoint of neurobiology, the stress-response became really interesting. What stress physiology is about is - when there is a new environmental challenge, how does an individual adapt? It seemed like a natural transition. — Robert M. Sapolsky

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Just put one foot in front of the other. — Austin Peck

Environmental issues quote Life is too short to stress yourself with people who dont even deserve to be an
Life is too short to stress yourself with people who dont even deserve to be an issue in your life.

Uncle Sam took up the challenge in the year of '33 For the farmer and the factory and all of you and me. He said, "Roll along Columbia. You can ramble to the sea, But river while you're ramblin' you can do some work for me." — Woody Guthrie

We have to understand the ubiquity of energy in everything we do. Energy is core to our economy and it brings with it environmental challenges, and it's core to our security challenges. — Ernest Moniz

The ecological crisis is doing what no other crisis in history has ever done - challenging us to a realization of a new humanity. — Jean Houston

Environmental issues quote Every great advance...has issued from a new audacity of imagination.
Every great advance...has issued from a new audacity of imagination.

The good news is, we have everything we need now to respond to the challenge of global warming. We have all the technologies we need, more are being developed.... But we should not wait, we cannot wait, we must not wait. — Al Gore

We are challenged to develop a world perspective. No individual can live alone, no nation can live alone, and anyone who feels that he can live alone is sleeping through a revolution. The world in which we live is geographically one. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

A fascinating challenge facing today's environmental movement is how to best approach the reversal of past decisions that altered once-pristine environmental spaces for the sake of urgent man-made needs. — Matt Gonzalez

Environmental degradation is one of the biggest challenges we have. I think a question that we're not asking ourselves is: 'Isn't humanity committing suicide with this indiscriminate and tyrannical use of nature?' — Pope Francis

Environmental Policy Quotes

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Climate policy has almost nothing to do anymore with environmental protection, says the German economist and IPCC official Ottmar Edenhofer. The next world climate summit in Cancun is actually an economy summit during which the distribution of the worlds resources will be negotiated. — Ottmar Edenhofer

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. — Ottmar Edenhofer

Climate change policy is about how we redistribute de facto the world’s wealth. — Ottmar Edenhofer

Environmental issues quote There is no such thing as a single-issues struggle because we do not live single
There is no such thing as a single-issues struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.

Energy Policy will be and should be driven by environmental policy in the future. — Tim Wirth

I believe in a sound, strong environmental policy that protects the health of our people and a wise stewardship of our nation's natural resources. — Ronald Reagan

Real security, in other words, is inseparable from issues of energy policy; education; public health; preservation of soils, forests, and waters; and broadly based, sustainable prosperity. — David W. Orr

Environmental issues quote When you can't solve and address and issue or opportunity, there is no harm or s
When you can't solve and address and issue or opportunity, there is no harm or shame in reaching out for people who can.

We've got to ride the global-warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing in terms of economic policy and environmental policy. — Tim Wirth

This is the moment when we must come together to save this planet. — Barack Obama

If the U.S. wants to help people in tsunami-hit countries like Sri Lanka and Indonesia - not to mention other poor countries in Africa - there's one step that would cost us nothing and would save hundreds of thousands of lives. It would be to allow DDT in malaria-ravaged countries. — Nicholas D. Kristof

We know taxes slow down economic growth, so if you add a carbon tax you have to also minus other taxes. You can't take more money out of people's pockets. I don't think you can build a consensus in this country about environmental policy if you're going to make people poor. — Christy Clark

Environment Conservation Quotes

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We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. — Thomas Fuller

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

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Man is a complex being: he makes deserts bloom - and lakes die. — Gil Scott-Heron

At first I thought I was fighting to save rubber trees, then I thought I was fighting to save the Amazon rain forest. Now I realize I am fighting for humanity — Chico Mendes

While I am a great believer in the free enterprise system and all that it entails, I am an even stronger believer in the right of our people to live in a clean and pollution-free environment. — Barry Goldwater

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

Preservation of our environment is not a liberal or conservative challenge, it's common sense. — Ronald Reagan

When you defile the pleasant streams, And the wild bird's abiding place, You massacre a million dreams, And cast your spittle in God's face — John Drinkwater

In America today you can murder land for private profit. You can leave the corpse for all to see, and nobody calls the cops. — Paul Brooks

Once destroyed, nature's beauty cannot be repurchased at any price — Ansel Adams

Environmental Protection Quotes

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We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children — Chief Seattle

Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed ... We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in. — Wallace Stegner

There can be no lasting prosperity for our people if we do not protect our planet. — Rishi Sunak

Despite Arizona's remarkable growth in recent years, we have met the current federal health standards for ozone pollution and the Environmental Protection Agency recently approved our dust control plan. — Jane D. Hull

The essence of globalization is a subordination of human rights, of labor rights, consumer, environmental rights, democracy rights, to the imperatives of global trade and investment. — Ralph Nader

The Long Island Sound is an environmentally unique estuary that needs to be protected. — Tim Bishop

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

We do not face a choice between protecting our environment or protecting our economy. We face a choice between protecting our economy by protecting our environment - or allowing environmental havoc to create economic havoc. — Robert Rubin

Forests are the lungs of our land. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

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. — Mahatma Gandhi

Environment Protection Quotes

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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

We have to strike a balance of responsibility between our duty to update other sources of energy, protecting the environment, protecting our environment and ensuring a proper legacy for the next generations. — Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan

There is much the government can do and should do to improve the environment. But even more important is the individual who plants a tree or cleans a corner of neglect. For it is the individual who himself benefits, and also protects a heritage of beauty for his children and future generations. — Lady Bird Johnson

We're a part of nature. As we destroy nature, we destroy ourselves. It's a selfish thing to want to protect nature. — Yvon Chouinard

Simple, easy actions can protect the health of our water resources and help save drinking water supplies. There is not one individual who cannot help to make a difference to the health of the environment — Ian Kiernan

Why has it seemed that the only way to protect the environment is with heavy-handed government regulation? — Gale Norton

The old Lakota was wise. He knew that a man's heart away from nature becomes hard. — Luther Standing Bear

To be human is to care for your fellow human beings and protecting the environment. — Jacque Fresco

In fact, because of their connection to the land, farmers do more to protect and preserve our environment than almost anyone else. They are some of the best environmentalists around. — Ike Skelton

You cannot, for instance, sustainably protect the environment if the majority of the people are still in primitive agriculture leading to the encroachment of forest reserves. — Yoweri Museveni

World Environment Quotes

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Instead of controlling the environment for the benefit of the population, perhaps we should control the population to ensure the survival of our environment — David Attenborough

If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos. — E. O. Wilson

Exercise, from a public health perspective, is an unmitigated failure. The world's longest-lived people live in environments that nudge them into more movement. They don't use power tools, they do their own yard work, they grow a garden. — Dan Buettner

The lasting pleasures of contact with the natural world are not reserved for scientists but are available to anyone who will place himself under the influence of earth, sea and sky and their amazing life. — Rachel Carson

To be modern is to find ourselves in an environment that promises us adventure, power, joy, growth, transformation of ourselves and the world - and at the same time that threatens to destroy everything we have, everything we know, everything we are. — Marshall Berman

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

Factory farming is terrible for the environment—not to mention that it's gross. The best thing you can do, if you think about it, is to become a vegetarian and just spread the word. The world would change for the better for animals, humans, and the planet if everyone took that step. — Christofer Drew

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. — David Bellamy

Because we don't think about future generations, they will never forget us. — Henrik Tikkanen

There are so many different walks of life, so many different personalities in the world. And no longer do you have to be a chameleon and try and adapt to that environment - you can truly be yourself. — Hope Solo

Environmental Crisis Quotes

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When the well is dry, we know the worth of water. — Benjamin Franklin

The environmental crisis is fundamentally a spiritual crisis. — Thomas Berry

The environmental crisis has deep spiritual, philosophical, and religious roots and causes. It is not merely the result of bad engineering. — Seyyed Hossein Nasr

When you've spent half your political life dealing with humdrum issues like the environment, it's exciting to have a real crisis on your hands. — Margaret Thatcher

The warnings about global warming have been extremely clear for a long time. We are facing a global climate crisis. It is deepening. We are entering a period of consequences. — Al Gore

It is not man the ecological crisis threatens to destroy but the quality of human life. — Rene Dubos

The environmental crisis arises from a fundamental fault: our systems of production - in industry, agriculture, energy and transportation - essential as they are, make people sick and die. — Barry Commoner

It is essential that we take steps to prevent chemical substances from becoming environmental hazards. Unless we develop better methods to assure adequate testing of chemicals, we will be inviting the environmental crisis of the future. — Richard M. Nixon

Today, we live in a world of incredible wealth and technology, alongside the most horrendous conditions of poverty, war and environmental crisis. This is result of capitalism, a system based on prioritizing profits not human need where the wealth is concentrated in the hands of a capitalist elite. — Kshama Sawant

The threat of environmental crisis is the 'international disaster key' to unlock the New World Order. — Mikhail Gorbachev

Save The Environment Quotes

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Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty. — John Ruskin

To be whole. To be complete. Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from. — Terry Tempest Williams

The only way to save a rhinoceros is to save the environment in which it lives, because there's a mutual dependency between it and millions of other species of both animals and plants. — David Attenborough

We experience ourselves our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. — Albert Einstein

The first law of intelligent tinkering is to save all the parts — Aldo Leopold

The bulldozer and not the atomic bomb may turn out to be the most destructive invention of the 20th century. — Philip Shabecoff

Environmentally friendly cars will soon cease to be an option...they will become a necessity. — Fujio Cho

Our role is to develop techniques that allow us to provide emergency life-saving procedures to injured patients in an extreme, remote environment without the presence of a physician. — Chris Hadfield

They kill good trees to put out bad newspapers. — James G. Watt

Waste not the smallest thing created, for grains of sand make mountains, and atomies infinity. — Eric Knight

Environmental Sustainability Quotes

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Sustainable development is the pathway to the future we want for all. It offers a framework to generate economic growth, achieve social justice, exercise environmental stewardship and strengthen governance. — Ban Ki-moon

Quite frankly, there is no answer to climate change without substantially, dramatically, increasing the amount of renewable energy in the global energy system. — Christiana Figueres

When future generations judge those who came before them on environmental issues, they may conclude "they didn't know": let us not go down in history as the generations who knew, but didn't care — Mikhail Gorbachev

The scarcest resource is not oil, metals, clean air, capital, labour, or technology. It is our willingness to listen to each other and learn from each other and to seek the truth rather than seek to be right — Donella Meadows

Without environmental sustainability, economic stability and social cohesion cannot be achieved — Phil Harding

Global markets must be balanced by global values such as respect for human rights and international law, democracy, security and sustainable economic and environmental development. — Anna Lindh

This planet might be able to support perhaps as many as half a billion people who could live a sustainable life in relative comfort. Human populations must be greatly diminished, and as quickly as possible to limit further environmental damage. — Eric Pianka

Listen up, you couch potatoes: each recycled beer can saves enough electricity to run a television for three hours. — Denis Hayes

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

The future belongs to those who understand that doing more with less is compassionate, prosperous, and enduring, and thus more intelligent, even competitive. — Paul Hawken

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More Environmental Issues Quotes

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The most important environmental issue is one that is rarely mentioned, and that is the lack of a conservation ethic in our culture. — Gaylord Nelson

Global warming is not only the number one environmental challenge we face today, but one of the most important issues facing all of humanity... We all have to do our part to raise awareness about global warming and the problems we as a people face in promoting a sustainable environmental future for our planet. — Leonardo DiCaprio

Do not listen to those who say there is nothing you can do to the very real and large social and environmental issues of our time. — Maude Barlow

You cannot achieve environmental security and human development without addressing the basic issues of health and nutrition. — Gro Harlem Brundtland

It is extremely important to me that the social and environmental issues associated with the production of fashion clothing are addressed. — Bonnie Wright

We used to think that energy and water would be the critical issues for the next century. Now we think water will be the critical issue. — Mostafa Kamal Tolba

The basic building block of peace and security for all peoples is economic and social security, anchored in sustainable development. It is a key to all problems. Why? Because it allows us to address all the great issues-poverty, climate, environment and political stability-as parts of the whole. — Ban Ki-moon

At 82, Nelson (who wrote the song "On the Road Again," among a thousand or more others) is the elder statesman of country music, a steadying and powerful voice in the industry and on environmental issues, and he's still on the road much of the year. The music keeps calling. — Willie Nelson

A protest meeting on the issue of environmental abuse is not a convocation of accusers, it is a convocation of the guilty. The realization ought to clear the smog of self-righteousness that has always conventionally hovered over these occasions, and let us see the work that is to be done. — Wendell Berry

The issue of environmental quality is one which transcends traditional political boundaries. It is a cause which can attract, and very sincerely, liberals, conservatives, radicals, reactionaries, freaks, and middle-class straights. — Russell Kirk

When I vote for a candidate I always try to learn as much as I can about them, but I guess I focus a lot on environmental issues, and I tend to vote along those lines. — Jack Johnson

Now is not the time to repudiate environmental balance, but rather it is the time for all of us to work together - politician, advocate, rancher, scientist, and citizen. Only by doing this will the United States move forward and be a leader in environmental issues and ensure sustainability to our delicate ecosystem. — Robert Redford

Once you figure out something about the watershed, you'll find out where the schools are going to hell, and the kids aren't learning, and there is no money. Social issues, class issues, and environmental issues were all connected. — Robert Hass

I've been a philanthropist for all my life, and... I've had many involvements in humanitarian and environmental issues. — Julian Lennon

Businesses typically look at issues like price, quality, time of delivery. They don't often think about social and environmental impact because they're focused on their financial bottom line. — Jerry Greenfield

I'm a latecomer to the environmental issue, which for years seemed to me like an excuse for more government regulation. But I can see that in rich societies, voters are paying less attention to economic issues and more to issues of the spirit, including the environment. — David Frum

Providing a real way to deal with the urgent needs of environmental issues that is accessible to everyone is the new fight for the democratization of design. — Philippe Starck

Fierce national competition over water resources has prompted fears that water issues contain the seeds of violent conflict. — Kofi Annan

My entry into the environmental arena was through the issue that so dramatically - and destructively - demonstrates the link between science and social action: nuclear weapons. — Barry Commoner

I assume we will have figured out a way to efficiently utilize solar energy and tied that to an efficient way to use nuclear energy in such a way that it doesn't pose a serious environmental issue. — John Hickenlooper

Today the environmental movement has become opposed to issues of justice. You can see this in the way issues are framed. It's a permanent replay of jobs-versus-the-environment, in nature-versus-bread. These are extremely artificial dichotomies. — Vandana Shiva

The American agenda is sweeping everything before it, and although it's not perfect, the EU is better on environmental issues. It's a less rapacious form of capitalism. — Ken Livingstone

The language "it's too late" is very unsuitable for most environmental issues. It's too late for the dodo and for people who've starved to death already, but it's not too late to prevent an even bigger crisis. The sooner we act on the environment, the better. — Jeremy Grantham

And that, quite simply, is the issue. We live in a finite world with finite resources. Although it may sometimes seem quite big, earth is really very small - a tiny blue and green oasis of life in a cold universe. — David Suzuki

We cannot confront the massive challenges of poverty, hunger, disease and environmental destruction unless we address issues of population and reproductive health — Thoraya Obaid

The risks of transporting deadly nuclear waste, the environmental justice impacts and the long-term health effects of both these projects are untenable...We cannot afford to be silent on these important issues. — James Cromwell

We must encourage energy conservation and sustainable development. Young people are the ones who are most environmentally conscious in Ireland, so that to some extent they are educating their parents. They are tackling issues of waste disposal and so on. The schools help, because they put a lot of stress on environmental awareness. — Mary Robinson

Nuclear power will be the Vietnam issue of the 1980s. — Jerry Brown

The issue of world environment has a special kind of urgency... The issue is one of rich peoples and poor peoples, of the growing gap between the two, and of the rich fouling their own nests. — Gilbert F. White

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