162 Environmental Pollution Quotes To Inspire You

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

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Top 10 Environmental Pollution Quotes (BEST)

  1. We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children — Chief Seattle
  2. We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. — Thomas Fuller
  3. Do unto those downstream as you would have those upstream do unto you. — Wendell Berry
  4. Ignorance is a form of environmental pollution. — American Proverbs
  5. Because we don't think about future generations, they will never forget us. — Henrik Tikkanen
  6. The sun is the only safe nuclear reactor, situated as it is some ninety-three million miles away. — Stephanie Mills
  7. When the earth is sick and polluted, human health is impossible.... To heal ourselves we must heal our planet, and to heal our planet we must heal ourselves. — Bobby McLeod
  8. Even if smog were a risk to human life, we must remember that life in nature, without technology, is wholesale death. — Ayn Rand
  9. All things are bound together. All things connect. — Chief Seattle
  10. Ecological devastation is the excrement, so to speak, of man's power worship. — Ernest Becker

Short Environmental Pollution Quotes

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  • People 'over-produce' pollution because they are not paying for the costs of dealing with it. — Ha-Joon Chang
  • It is not man the ecological crisis threatens to destroy but the quality of human life. — Rene Dubos
  • Native communities are focal points for the excrement of industrial society. — Winona LaDuke
  • Goodbye from the world's biggest polluter. — George W. Bush
  • With chemicals, it's shoot first and ask questions later. — Al Meyerhoff
  • The reality of life is that we are exposed to a multiplicity of toxic substances. — Al Meyerhoff
  • The "hole in the moral ozone" is really what's behind the hole in the ozone. — Leonard Sweet
  • Fifteen percent of Russia badly polluted. — Vladimir Putin
  • Cars don't cause pollution, trees do. — Ronald Reagan

Nature Pollution Quotes

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When the last tree is cut, the last fish is caught, and the last river is polluted; when to breathe the air is sickening, you will realize, too late, that wealth is not in bank accounts and that you can't eat money. — Alanis Obomsawin

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

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

If we pollute the air, water and soil that keep us alive and well, and destroy the biodiversity that allows natural systems to function, no amount of money will save us. — David Suzuki

The sea [and space] is a hostile environment, so people help each other to fight with nature. — Sergei Krikalev

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

Oh Beautiful for smoggy skies, insecticided grain, For strip-mined mountain's majesty above the asphalt plain. America, America, man sheds his waste on thee, And hides the pines with billboard signs, from sea to oily sea. — George Carlin

A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe; a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts, and his feelings as something separate from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. — Albert Einstein

Overpopulation in the United States will become THE single greatest issue facing Americans in the 21st century. We either solve it proactively or nature will solve it brutally for us via water shortages, energy crisis, air pollution, gridlock, species extinction and worse. — Frosty Wooldridge

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

Pollution Quotes

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IF you Salute your work,You do not have to salute anybody. IF you pollute your work,You have to salute everybody. — Abdul Kalam

Do not pollute your beautiful, radiant Being nor the Earth with negativity. Do not give unhappiness in any form whatsoever a dwelling place inside you. — Eckhart Tolle

Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we've been ignorant of their value. — R. Buckminster Fuller

Simply from greening our energy system and eliminating fossil fuel pollution, we get so much healthier that the savings in health care alone are enough to pay the costs of the green energy transition and would repay those costs in approximately a decade and a half in savings. — Jill Stein

You cannot insert a gene you took from a bacteria into a seed and call it LIFE. You have not created life, instead you have only polluted it. — Vandana Shiva

Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in situations to confront facts within their knowledge with the lies of the day. — Thomas Jefferson

Prayer does not use up artificial energy, doesn't burn up any fossil fuel, doesn't pollute. Neither does song, neither does love, neither does the dance. — Margaret Mead

Approximately 80 % of our air pollution stems from hydrocarbons released by vegetation, so let's not go overboard in setting and enforcing tough emission standards from man-made sources. — Ronald Reagan

In the new computer age, the proliferation of typefaces and type manipulations represents a new level of visual pollution threatening our culture. Out of thousands of typefaces, all we need are a few basic ones, and trash the rest. — Massimo Vignelli

We cannot cheat on DNA. We cannot get round photosynthesis. We cannot say I am not going to give a damn about phytoplankton. All these tiny mechanisms provide the preconditions of our planetary life. To say we do not care is to say in the most literal sense that "we choose death." — Barbara Ward, Baroness Jackson of Lodsworth

Water Pollution Quotes

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The Baltic Sea is becoming more and more polluted. Not everybody living near the shore of the Baltic Sea is protecting it. It is the water of life for countries like Finland and Sweden. — Harri Holkeri

The common enemy of humanity is man. In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill. ...The real enemy then is humanity itself. — Aurelio Peccei

By polluting clear water with slime you will never find good drinking water. — Aeschylus

More than one-half of the world's major rivers are being seriously depleted and polluted, degrading and poisoning the surrounding ecosystems, thus threatening the health and livelihood of people who depend upon them for irrigation, drinking and industrial water. — Ismail Serageldin

There is an increasing sense of what can be called legal pollution. — Thomas Ehrlich

Corporate polluters, their phony think tanks and political toadies like to marginalize environmentalists as tree huggers, or radicals. But there is nothing radical about clean air or water. — Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Government cannot close its eyes to the pollution of waters, to the erosion of soil, to the slashing of forests any more than it can close its eyes to the need for slum clearance and schools. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

No one has the right to use America's rivers and America's Waterways, that belong to all the people. as a sewer. The banks of a river may belong to one man or one industry or one State, but the waters which flow between the banks should belong to all the people. — Lyndon B. Johnson

It is a fact that the ecological devastation of the planet can be traced to the consumption of meat and dairy, which contributes to water, soil, and air pollution as well as global warming and the mass extinction of many species of plant and animal forms. — Sharon Gannon

Most of the pollution in the water already is dead animal and plant matter and building debris, ... good stagnant nursery for mosquitoes. — James Wright

Air Pollution Quotes

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The health effects of air pollution imperil human lives. This fact is well-documented. — Eddie Bernice Johnson

Ethanol has reduced our nation's dependence on imported energy, created thousands of jobs, reduced air pollution, and increased energy security. And renewable fuels cost less at the pump. It is a growth fuel that fuels opportunities for millions of Americans. — Lane Evans

I strongly support the Bush Administration's clean diesel rules, which will reduce air pollution from diesel engines by more than 90 percent, and reduce the sulfur content of diesel fuel by more than 95 percent. — Steve Buyer

I spend a year at the Hoover Institute at Stanford, researching market approaches to air pollution control. — Gale Norton

There's so much pollution in the air now that if it weren't for our lungs there'd be no place to put it all. — Robert Orben

Air pollution is terrible for our children. Every single scientist, every single doctor will tell you the same thing: Air pollution damages our children’s brains, their hearts, and their lungs. — Julianne Moore

Just as a factory pumping out pollutants degrades that air for everyone, so a TV blasting cable news into an airport lounge degrades the attentional capacities of everyone nearby. — Oliver Burkeman

Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God. — Eugene H. Peterson

One must be a sea, to receive a polluted stream without becoming impure. — Friedrich Nietzsche

In Mexico City, Tehran, Kolkata, Bangkok, Shanghai, and hundreds of other cities, the air is no longer safe to breathe. In some cities, the air is so polluted that breathing is equivalent to smoking two packs of cigarettes per day. — Lester R. Brown

Pollution Control Quotes

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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

When discussing overall impacts on employment, it is important not to overlook the new technologies and industries that can be driven by pollution control standards. — Gina McCarthy

Rhode Island works hard to reduce air pollution in our communities. We passed laws to prohibit cars and buses from idling their engines and to retrofit school buses with diesel pollution controls. But there is only so much a single state can do, particularly against out-of-state pollution. — Sheldon Whitehouse

We still think of air as free. But clean air is not free, and neither is clean water. The price tag on pollution control is high. Through our years of past carelessness we incurred a debt to nature, and now that debt is being called. — Richard M. Nixon

It will be controlled when the people of America, through their elected representatives, demand the right to air that they and their children can breathe without fear.. — Lyndon B. Johnson

The important thing to understand is that the case for pollution control isn't based on some kind of aesthetic distaste for industrial society. Pollution does real, measurable damage, especially to human health. — Paul Krugman

The potential savings in the national budgets from the elimination of police, criminal courts, standing armies, pollution control agencies, drug enforcement, and many poverty programs is almost beyond calculation. — Pat Robertson

Ultimately it is by harnessing the natural economic forces which drive society that the pollution tax offers us an opportunity to exert greater control over our environment. — Greg Hunt

Environmental Degradation Quotes

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There can be no peace as long as there is grinding poverty, social injustice, inequality, oppression, environmental degradation, and as long as the weak and small continue to be trodden by the mighty and powerful. — Dalai Lama

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

Environmental degradation is an iatrogenic disease induced by economic physicians who treat the basic malady of unlimited wants by prescribing unlimited growth.... Yet one certainly does not cure a treatment-induced disease by increasing the treatment dosage. — Herman E. Daly

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

It's clear that agriculture, done right, is the best means the world has today to simultaneously tackle food security, poverty and environmental degradation. — Irene Rosenfeld

The essential role of the environment is still marginal in discussions about poverty. While we continue to debate these initiatives, environmental degradation, including the loss of biodiversity and topsoil, accelerates, causing development efforts to falter. — Wangari Maathai

The global industrial economy is the engine for massive environmental degradation and massive human (and nonhuman) impoverishment. — Derrick Jensen

Unprecedented technological capabilities combined with unlimited human creativity have given us tremendous power to take on intractable problems like poverty, unemployment, disease, and environmental degradation. Our challenge is to translate this extraordinary potential into meaningful change. — Muhammad Yunus

All our efforts to defeat poverty and pursue sustainable development will be in vain if environmental degradation and natural resource depletion continue unabated. — Kofi Annan

Well, for starters, we have to do more to create demand for new technologies that can reduce our dependence on foreign oil and environmental degradation. — Sherwood Boehlert

Noise Pollution Quotes

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Even in the most beautiful music, there are some silences, which are there so we can witness the importance of silence. Silence is more important than ever, as life today is full of noise. We speak a lot about environmental pollution but not enough about noise pollution. — Andrea Bocelli

I have long held the opinion that the amount of noise that anyone can bear undisturbed stands in inverse proportion to his mental capacity and therefore be regarded as a pretty fair measure of it. — Arthur Schopenhauer

America today stands poised on a pinnacle of wealth and power, yet we live in a land of vanishing beauty, of increasing ugliness, of shrinking open space, and of an over-all environment that is diminished daily by pollution and noise and blight. — Stewart Udall

Noise pollution is a relative thing. In a city, it's a jet plane taking off. In a monastery, it's a pen that scratches. — Robert Orben

The World Health Organization ... estimated that 1.6 million years of healthy living are lost every year in Europe because of noise pollution. — A.J. Jacobs

Churches are like announcement factories that pump toxic levels of noise pollution into the atmosphere. — Scott McClellan

The world sits quiet, as if sighing and taking a long inhale after what seemed like forever with mankind and the noise pollution. — Tara Brown

The World Health Organization ... estimated that 1.6 million years of healthy living are lost every year in Europe because of noise pollution. — A. J. Jacobs

I think the main influence has been living in New York City. Aside from all the crap around 9/11, I find it very demanding to think amid all the noise and visual pollution. — George Murray

The environmental agenda before the Congress includes laws to deal with water pollution, pesticide hazards, ocean dumping, excessive noise, careless land development and many other environmental problems. These problems will not stand still for politics or for partisanship. — Richard M. Nixon

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

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

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.

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

Smog is affecting larger parts of China, and environmental pollution has become a major problem, which is natures red-light warning against the model of inefficient and blind development. — Li Keqiang

Complexity is one of the great problems in environmental design. — Christopher Alexander

Save The Environment Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Destroying The Environment Quotes

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Look closely at nature. Every species is a masterpiece, exquisitely adapted to the particular environment in which it has survived. Who are we to destroy or even diminish biodiversity? — E. O. Wilson

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

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

The earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations. — Pope John Paul II

Capitalism and the thirst for profit without limits of the capitalist system are destroying the planet...Climate change has placed all humankind before a great choice: to continue in the ways of capitalism and death, or to start down the path of harmony with nature and respect for life. — Evo Morales

When the forest is destroyed, when the river is dammed, when the biodiversity is stolen, when fields are waterlogged or turned saline because of economic activities, it is a question of survival for these people. So our environmental movements have been justice movements. — Vandana Shiva

Eventually we'll realize that if we destroy the ecosystem, we destroy ourselves. — Jonas Salk

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

My world, my Earth is a ruin. A planet spoiled by the human species. We multiplied and fought and gobbled until there was nothing left, and then we died. We controlled neither appetite nor violence; we did not adapt. We destroyed ourselves. But we destroyed the world first. — Ursula K. Le Guin

Americans have been the greatest destroyers of land of any race or people, barbaric or civilized — Hugh Hammond Bennett

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More Environmental Pollution Quotes

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If ordinary people really knew that consciousness and not matter is the link that connects us with each other and the world, then their views about war and peace, environmental pollution, social justice, religous values, and all other human endeavors would change radically. — Amit Goswami

We've polluted the stratosphere with these chlorine and bromine compounds, and because it's now colder, and because we have this change in the climate, we're getting more ozone loss than we would have gotten in a normal year. — Paul Newman

Anyone who studies our poisonous drugs, our denatured food, our deathtrap automobiles and houses, our lung-rotting cities, must concede that we accept a good deal of murder as inevitable simply because it is done to make or save money. — Joy Davidman

Air pollution is not merely a nuisance and a threat to health. It is a reminder that our most celebrated technological achievements-the automobile, the jet plane, the power plant, industry in general, and indeed the modern city itself-are, in the environment, failures. — Barry Commoner

You go into a community and they will vote 80 percent to 20 percent in favor of a tougher Clean Air Act, but if you ask them to devote 20 minutes a year to having their car emissions inspected, they will vote 80 to 20 against it. We are a long way in this country from taking individual responsibility for the environmental problem. — William Ruckelshaus

Like a shadow that does not permit us to jump over it, but moves with us to maintain its proper distance, pollution is nature's answer to culture. When we have learned to recycle pollution into potent information, we will have passed over completely into the new cultural ecology. — William Irwin Thompson

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

The favorite statistic is that the U.S. contains 6 to 7% of the world population but consumes more than half the world's resources and is responsible for that fraction of the total environmental pollution. But this statistic hides another vital fact: that not everyone in the U.S. is so affluent. — Barry Commoner

We still have too much air and water pollution and we still need to work to reduce it. But we also need to put the problem of pollution into a historical as well as scientific perspective. — Ronald Reagan

Environmental pollution is a blight on people's quality of life and a trouble that weighs on their hearts. — Li Keqiang

The "developed" nations had given to the "free market" the status of a god, and were sacrificing to it their farmers, farmlands, and communities, their forests, wetlands, and prairies, their ecosystems and watersheds. They had accepted universal pollution and global warming as normal costs of doing business. — Wendell Berry

The most alarming of all man's assaults upon the environment is the contamination of air, earth, rivers, and sea with dangerous and even lethal materials. — Rachel Carson

Like most problems with technology, pollution is a problem of scale. The biosphere might have been able to tolerate our dirty old friends coal and oil if we burned them gradually, but how long can it withstand a blaze of consumption so frenzied that the dark size of this planet glows like a fanned ember in the night of space. — Ronald Wright

God forbid that India should ever take to industrialism after the manner of the west... keeping the world in chains. If [our nation] took to similar economic exploitation, it would strip the world bare like locusts. — Mahatma Gandhi

The nuclear peril is usually seen in isolation from the threats to other forms of life and their ecosystems, but in fact it should be seen at the very center of the ecological crisis, as the cloud-covered Everest of which the more immediate, visible kinds of harm to the environment are the mere foothills. — Jonathan Schell

Just as there's garbage that pollutes the Potomac river, there is garbage polluting our culture. We need an Environmental Protection Agency to clean it up. — Patrick J. Buchanan

Just as there's garbage that pollutes the Potomac river, there is garbage polluting our culture. We need an Environmental Protection Agency to clean it up. — Pat Buchanan

Man has been endowed with reason, with the power to create, so that he can add to what he's been given. — Anton Chekhov

You show me pollution and I will show you people who are not paying their own way, people who are stealing from the public, people who are getting the public to pay their costs of production. All environmental pollution is a subsidy. — Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

In general, any productive activity which introduces substances foreign to the natural environment runs a considerable risk of polluting it. — Barry Commoner

We have not wondered enough at the delights God has given us to appreciate them, and be good stewards. We have overworked the land, poured pollutants into river and stream, fouled the air we breathe with gas fumes and chemical smoke spiraling up from industrial chimneys. We have sown the wind. We are reaping the whirlwind. — Madeleine L'Engle

In the rich world, the environmental situation has improved dramatically. In the United States, the most important environmental indicator, particulate air pollution, has been cut by more than half since 1955, rivers and coastal waters have dramatically improved, and forests are increasing. — Bjorn Lomborg

Cities all over the world are getting bigger as more and more people move from rural to urban sites, but that has created enormous problems with respect to environmental pollution and the general quality of life. — Alan Dundes

Have we failed to slow global warming pollution in part because climate and environmental activists have been too polite and well behaved? — Jeff Goodell

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