Inspiring Quotes About the Environment

Going green — By on March 7, 2010 at 6:53 am
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Nature's beauty (image from delgaudm on Flickr)

What moves you to live a sustainable life?  Its the weekend, which may mean recreation, rest or even some spring cleaning.

Have you thought about the impacts of your actions?

We have collected some inspiring quotes about the environment, as well as some gorgeous nature photographs.  They’ll make you think.  Make you wonder.  Perhaps even trigger a few small changes in how you live your life.


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The things we take for granted (image from Debbeling on Flickr)

There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed.  ~Mohandas K. Gandhi

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Abundance is everywhere (image from snaps11 on Flickr)

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

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What of our future generations? (image from lepiaf.geo on Flickr)

The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun.  ~Ralph Nader, quoted in Linda Botts, ed., Loose Talk, 1980

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Energy at our fingertips (image from respres on Flickr)

We cannot command Nature except by obeying her.  ~Francis Bacon

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Take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints (image from WildHoneyPie36 on Flickr)

When the soil disappears, the soul disappears.  ~Ymber Delecto

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Connecting with nature (image from Pink Sherbert on Flickr)

For 200 years we’ve been conquering Nature.  Now we’re beating it to death.  ~Tom McMillan, quoted in Francesca Lyman, The Greenhouse Trap, 1990

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Awe inspiring beauty (image from Athena Pix on Flickr)

When we heal the earth, we heal ourselves.  ~David Orr

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Natural healing (image from My aim is true on Flickr)

We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.  ~Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732

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What if the only thing rushing in our life was water? (image from naotakum on Flickr)

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

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Such precious gifts (image from kiwinz on Flickr)

The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty.  The activist is the man who cleans up the river.  ~Ross Perot

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One of our most precious resources (image from rkramer62 on Flickr)

We say we love flowers, yet we pluck them.  We say we love trees, yet we cut them down.  And people still wonder why some are afraid when told they are loved.  ~Author Unknown

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Reasons to protect the environment can be found everywhere (image from Taras Kalapun on Flickr)

It appears to be a law that you cannot have a deep sympathy with both man and nature.  ~Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 1854

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We must speak up for wildlife (image from Koshyk on Flickr)

The struggle to save the global environment is in one way much more difficult than the struggle to vanquish Hitler, for this time the war is with ourselves.  We are the enemy, just as we have only ourselves as allies.  ~Al Gore

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Shifting sights, light and mist (image from atomicjeep on Flickr)

We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.  ~Albert Einstein

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Alaskan majesty (image from janebelindasmith on Flickr)

After a visit to the beach, it’s hard to believe that we live in a material world.  ~Pam Shaw

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Ocean beaches for every living thing's use and enjoyment (image from Lee Coursey on Flickr)

To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance.  ~Buddha

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Life is certainly abundant (image from Rodrigo_Amorim on Flickr)

There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet.  ~Brooke Medicine Eagle

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  1. Tara says:

    Beautiful Steph – both the pictures and the quotes! :)

  2. Stephanie says:

    Thank you so much! It was a great pleasure pulling it together. So many amazing things that people have said… that really make you think!

  3. Stephanie

    Lovely images. I feel fortunate to be an Oregonian and have professional opportunity to improve our natural habitats every day. While I don’t measure carbon, I do measure our positive environmental impacts via acres of water and populations of rare aquatic plants and animals we affect.


  4. Athena's Pix says:

    Re: Inspiring Quotes About the Environment
    Going green — By Stephanie on March 7, 2010

    Hi, I am happy to see you’ve used my photo in the above lovely article. However, under CC Attribution, the link you provide does not lead back to my photostream or Flickr page, and this is a standard requirement for use of my photos under this free usage.
    Would you amend this please and email me to let me know.

    ‘Athena’s Pix’

  5. Amber Miller says:

    all together a wonderful experience. although it is unfortunate that words alone will not make an impact on ones life. change will only occur once disaster has begun.

  6. cristina says:

    wonderful passage

  7. Sunita Pradhan says:

    So luvly.liked it very much….

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