Environmental quotes

There are two problems for our species’ survival – nuclear war and environmental catastrophe – and we’re hurtling towards them. Knowingly.
– Noam Chomsky

If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.
Henry David Thoreau

I can find God in nature, in animals, in birds and the environment.
– Pat Buckley

The environment is everything that isn’t me.
– Albert Einstein

The Earth does not belong to us: we belong to the Earth.
– Marlee Matlin

Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.
– Jacques Yves Cousteau

Every drop in the ocean counts.
– Yoko Ono

If the federal government had been around when the Creator was putting His hand to this state, Indiana wouldn’t be here. It’d still be waiting for an environmental impact statement.
– Ronald Reagan

Environmental protection and economic development are not in conflict. Environmental protection is not a burden but a source for innovation. It can increase competition, create jobs, and lifts the economy.
– Chai Jing

Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.
John Muir

Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.
Henry David Thoreau

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.
– Ban Ki-moon

The future will either be green or not at all.
– Bob Brown

Climate change is the environmental challenge of this generation, and it is imperative that we act before it’s too late.
– John Delaney

Sadly, it’s much easier to create a desert than a forest.
– James Lovelock

The reality is gas prices should be much more expensive then they are because we’re not incorporating the true damage to the environment and the hidden costs of mining oil and transporting it to the U.S. Whenever you have an unpriced externality, you have a bit of a market failure, to the degree that eternality remains unpriced.
Elon Musk

Nuclear power will help provide the electricity that our growing economy needs without increasing emissions. This is truly an environmentally responsible source of energy.
– Michael Burgess

We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.
– William Ralph Inge

Ethanol is a premier, high performance fuel. It has tremendous environmental benefits and is a key component to energy independence for our country.
– Richard Lugar

Why are ecologists and environmentalists so feared and hated? This is because in part what they have to say is new to the general public, and the new is always alarming.
– Garrett Hardin

Americans don’t pay much attention to environmental issues, because they aren’t sexy. I mean, cleaning up coal plants and reining in outlaw frackers is hugely important work, but it doesn’t get anybody’s pulse racing.
– Jeff Goodell

I did not become a vegetarian for my health, I did it for the health of the chickens.
– Isaac Bashevis Singer

Sooner or later, we will have to recognise that the Earth has rights, too, to live without pollution. What mankind must know is that human beings cannot live without Mother Earth, but the planet can live without humans.
– Evo Morales

We firmly believe the environmental issues cannot be addressed without extensive public participation, but people need to be informed before they can get involved.
– Ma Jun

I think there’s a green side to John Kerry, if you like, that he’s an environmental activist. His record on the environment is as best as you have on a pro-environment record of anybody in the U.S. Senate.
– Douglas Brinkley

We don’t have to sacrifice a strong economy for a healthy environment.
– Dennis Weaver

If you can’t be in awe of Mother Nature, there’s something wrong with you.
– Alex Trebek

Environmental protection doesn’t happen in a vacuum. You can’t separate the impact on the environment from the impact on our families and communities.
– Jim Clyburn

Every time I have some moment on a seashore, or in the mountains, or sometimes in a quiet forest, I think this is why the environment has to be preserved.
– Bill Bradley

The only way forward, if we are going to improve the quality of the environment, is to get everybody involved.
– Richard Rogers

We are aware only of the empty space in the forest, which only yesterday was filled with trees.
– Anna Freud

Environmental disaster is the gravest threat to China’s continued development. That’s according to me, but it is not some wacko view.
– James Fallows

GM has never been about feeding the world or tackling environmental problems. It is and has always been about control of the global food economy by a tiny handful of giant corporations. It’s not wicked to question that process. It is wicked not to.
– Zac Goldsmith

I think the cost of energy will come down when we make this transition to renewable energy.
Al Gore

Unless action is taken soon – unless we can display the same vision of that earlier period – we will lose the treasure of California’s open space and environmental beauty.
– Adam Schiff

A building that has great environmental responsibility is a political animal in a way because it becomes promotional of a cause. I think that kind of advocacy through architecture is really good.
– Antoine Predock