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I enjoyed reading the long history of environmentatlism through quotes in this book. It was good to connect with people centuries up to just years ago, knowing .

After witnessing the catastrophic sequences of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, Gaylord Nelson came up with an idea for a national day to focus on the environment. Drawing inspiration by the student anti-war movement, he came to the realization that the protection of nature could be introduced to the political agenda of the United States if that social power was combined with public consciousness about environmental pollution.

Celebrating Earth Day is a chance to remember what several famous people said about the environment and the notion of a sustainable life. This collection of environmental quotes helps us realize that human activity can’t be disrespectful towards the planet we live in. These words might be the sparks that will ignite a global movement to help keep Earth safe, forever.



  • We are the last generation with a real opportunity to save the world. ― Laurence Overmire
  • Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed. ― Mahatma Gandhi
  • What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on? ― Henry David Thoreau
  • A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people. ― Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • There is something fundamentally wrong in treating the Earth as if it were a business in liquidation. ― Herman E. Daly
  • If civilization is to survive, it must live on the interest, not the capital, of nature. ― Ronald Wright
  • Environment is no one’s property to destroy; it’s everyone’s responsibility to protect. ― Mohith Agadi
  • Environment isn’t asking us to conserve her for her but for our future generations. ― Mohith Agadi
  • The environment you live in can suddenly change! Are you ready for this? ― Mehmet Murat ildan

Nature is a miracle we depend upon.


  • Progress is measured by the speed at which we destroy the conditions that sustain life. ― George Monbiot
  • We cannot despair of humanity, since we ourselves are human beings. ― Albert Einstein
  • We shall never understand the natural environment until we see it as a living organism. Today you can murder land for private profit. You can leave the corpse for all to see and nobody calls the cops. ― Paul Brooks
  • Humanity is a biological species, living in a biological environment, because like all species, we are exquisitely adapted in everything: from our behavior, to our genetics, to our physiology, to that particular environment in which we live. The earth is our home. Unless we preserve the rest of life, as a sacred duty, we will be endangering ourselves by destroying the home in which we evolved, and on which we completely depend. ― Edward O. Wilson
  • Men argue. Nature acts. ― Voltaire

By eating meat we share the responsibility of climate change, the destruction of our forests, and the poisoning of our air and water. The simple act of becoming vegetarian will make a difference in the health of our planet. Thich Nhat Hanh.


  • To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed. ― Theodore Roosevelt
  • When the last tree is cut and the last fish killed, the last river poisoned, then you will see that you can’t eat money. ― John May
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  • Our duty to the whole, including the unborn generations, bids us to restrain an unprincipled present-day minority from wasting the heritage of these unborn generations. The movement for the conservation of wildlife and the larger movement for the conservation of all our natural resources are essentially democratic in spirit, purpose, and method. ― Theodore Roosevelt

We must protect our planet. It is our only home and provider.


  • Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.― Theodore Roosevelt
  • It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment. ― Ansel Adams
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  • A tree is alive, and thus it is always more than you can see. Roots to leaves, yes-those you can, in part, see. But it is more-it is the lichens and moss and ferns that grow on its bark, the life too small to see that lives among its roots, a community we know of, but do not think on. It is every fly and bee and beetle that uses it for shelter or food, every bird that nests in its branches. Every one an individual, and yet every one part of the tree, and the tree part of every one. ― Elizabeth Moon

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


  • 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. ― Chris Maser
  • We are such spendthrifts with our lives, the trick of living is to slip on and off the planet with the least fuss you can muster. I’m not running for sainthood. I just happen to think that in life we need to be a little like the farmer, who puts back into the soil what he takes out. ― Paul Newman
  • People ‘over-produce’ pollution because they are not paying for the costs of dealing with it. ― Ha-Joon Chang
  • The global economy is a doomsday machine that must be stopped and reprogrammed. ― Kalle Lasn
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  • If your house is on fire, you don’t comfort yourself with the thought that houses have been catching fire for thousands of years. You don’t sit idly back and think, “Oh well, that is the way of nature.” You get going, immediately. And you don’t spring into action because of an idealistic notion that houses deserve to be saved. You do it because if you don’t, you won’t have a place to live. ― Bill Nye

A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people. Franklin D. Roosevelt.


  • If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live. ― Maurice Maeterlinck
  • 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
  • This readiness to assume the guilt for the threats to our environment is deceptively reassuring: We like to be guilty since, if we are guilty, it all depends on us. We pull the strings of the catastrophe, so we can also save ourselves simply by changing our lives. What is really hard for us (at least in the West) to accept is that we are reduced to the role of a passive observer who sits and watches what our fate will be. To avoid this impotence, we engage in frantic, obsessive activities. We recycle old paper, we buy organic food, we install long-lasting light bulbs—whatever—just so we can be sure that we are doing something. We make our individual contribution like the soccer fan who supports his team in front of a TV screen at home, shouting and jumping from his seat, in the belief that this will somehow influence the game’s outcome. ― Slavoj Žižek
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  • Those least responsible for climate change are worst affected by it. ― Vandana Shiva

If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live. Maurice Maeterlinck


  • We’re in a giant car heading towards a brick wall and everyones arguing over where they’re going to sit. ― David Suzuki
  • Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries. ― Jimmy Carter
  • Nature shrinks as capital grows. The growth of the market cannot solve the very crisis it creates. ― Vandana Shiva
  • All must pay the debt of nature. ― Annie Proulx
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  • Climate change is not just a problem for the future. It is impacting us every day, everywhere. ― Vandana Shiva
  • Overall, becoming a carbon-neutral country would involve changes in our behaviour, but these are modest compared with the changes that will be forced upon us if we do nothing. ― Caroline Lucas

We’re in a giant car heading towards a brick wall and everyone is arguing over where they’re going to sit. David Suzuki.


  • Our economic system and our planetary system are now at war. Or, more accurately, 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 in 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. ― Naomi Klein
  • So we are left with a stark choice: allow climate disruption to change everything about our world, or change pretty much everything about our economy to avoid that fate. But we need to be very clear: because of our decades of collective denial, no gradual, incremental options are now available to us. ― Naomi Klein
  • We are seeds as well as parasites to the earth. We can either give or take, depending on our perception of growth. ― Zephyr McIntyre
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  • Having an energy conversation without talking about climate is like talking about smoking and not talking about cancer. ― Chris Hayes

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. John Muir.


  • Any serious social, political, and economic change must include veganism. ― Gary L. Francione
  • The race is now on between the technoscientific and scientific forces that are destroying the living environment and those that can be harnessed to save it. . . . If the race is won, humanity can emerge in far better condition than when it entered, and with most of the diversity of life still intact. ― Edward O. Wilson, The Future of Life
  • Environmental pollution is not only humanity’s treason to humanity but also a treason to all other living creatures on earth! ― Mehmet Murat ildan
  • One of the difficulties in raising public concern over the very severe threats of global warming is that 40 percent of the US population does not see why it is a problem, since Christ is returning in a few decades. About the same percentage believe that the world was created a few thousand years ago. If science conflicts with the Bible, so much the worse for science. It would be hard to find an analogue in other societies. ― Noam Chomsky

We are the last generation with a real opportunity to save the world. Laurence Overmire


humans are a part of the whole of Nature, on which we depend, and by which also we are governed. Spinoza.


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Did you know that every year we help local teachers bring the wonder of the outdoors into their classrooms? Our summer workshops bring teachers out to their local parks to prepare for and experience the Bridging The Watershed activities their students will do in the upcoming school year. After taking this summer training, teachers are confident and ready to dive into the hands-on science learning activities with their classes, both inside and outside the classroom.

Recently, I shadowed a group of teachers from Charles County Public Schools as they explored renewable energy, litter prevention, and sustainability activities with our Bridging The Watershed educators.

 

As we learned about pollution in local waterways, I overheard these four awesome quotes:

 “Small changes lead to bigger changes.”

Sustainability will not be achieved in a day. But, if everyone makes one change in their own lives, then we would all make a big stride to save our waterways!

Program educators highlighted the ways we help each class do an action plan or project they can implement in their own lives or schools based on what they learn during their experience with us. These actions often include small changes students can make in their daily lives, such as getting a recycling bin for their home or asking their parents to use reusable shopping bags. An action plan can also include writing a letter to their principal about how they could be a “greener” school.

Small changes like these definitely add up.

“You’re not the one that caused it, but you can be the one to change it.”

The environment is not picky about who helps protect it! Although you may not have been the person to throw trash in the river, you can choose to join the fight against pollution and take action by volunteering for cleanups, educating others about sustainability, or implementing changes in your workplace, school, or home.

 

 

“We don’t see what we don’t look for.”

Have you ever looked at a plastic straw and thought about it might end up once you throw it away? Turns out, plastic straws can’t be recycled or composted, so they often end up in landfills, waterways, and communities…and are one of the top ten items found during cleanups!

During the day’s pollution cleanup activity, we collected more than thirteen bags of trash from the Potomac River shoreline in just 45 minutes, which included more than 250 plastic straws. Once you see how these everyday items end up as litter, it’s hard to walk anywhere without spotting that discarded plastic straw, bottle cap, food container, or empty bottle.

 

“Buy green and reduce, reuse, and recycle.”

This old adage still rings true! The three R’s mantra continues to be one of the easiest sustainability practices to implement, with three small changes that anyone can make in their daily lives:

  • Reduce the amount of waste that we produce
  • Reuse items in creative ways
  • Recycle items that can be harmful to our environment

After spending just one day with this great group of teachers, I know that the lessons they’ve learned today will go back with them to the classroom and help inspire the next generation of environmental champions. Here’s to these four overheard and unassuming ideas can help change the world for the better.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 at 1:22 pm and is filed under Environmental Education. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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