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30 Great Quotes About Sustainability, Green Living & Our Environment

Via Eco Warrior Princess   Like most women my age, I enjoy reading quotes and I enjoy collecting them. I sometimes create memes of them. So here is a collection of my favourite green, environmental and sustainability quotes. To the untrained mind, some quotes may seem unrelated to the “eco” cause, but when you look at the bigger picture you will see the relevance. I really hope these quotes inspire you to reflect and to take sustainable action. Jen xx   1. Reducing our levels of consumption will not be a sacrifice but a bonus if we simply redefine the meaning of the word ‘success.’ – David Wann   2. 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   3. Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man. – Stewart Udall   4. Buy less, choose well, make it last. – Vivienne Westwood   5. You have to hold yourself accountable for your actions, and that’s how we’re going to protect the Earth. – Julia Butterfly Hill   6. The most sustainable way is to not make things. The second most sustainable way is to make something very useful, to solve a problem that hasn’t been solved. – Thomas Sigsgaard   7. Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land. – Aldo Leopold   8. 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   9. The old Lakota was wise. He knew that man’s heart, away from nature, becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans too. – Luther Standing Bear   10. We can’t just consume our way to a more sustainable world. – Jennifer Nini   10171079_993331897361046_8858393770644841895_n   11. Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. – Chief Seattle, 1854   12. Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction. – Dr. Edward O. Wilson   13. The natural environment sustains the life of all beings universally. – Dalai Lama   14. An act of violence against nature should be judged as severely as that against society or another person. – Dr. Michael W.Fox   15. Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so called scientific knowledge. – Thomas Edison   16. He that plants trees loves others beside himself. – Thomas Fuller  

17. There must be more to life than having everything! – Maurice Sendak

18. The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. – Hans Hofmann

19. We have to cultivate contentment with what we have. We really don’t need much. When you know this, the mind settles down. Cultivate generosity. Delight in giving. Learn to live lightly. In this way, we can begin to transform what is negative into what is positive. This is how we start to grow up. – Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

20. We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect. -Aldo Leopold

21. Being green is more than just buying ‘eco’. It is an unshakable commitment to asustainable lifestyle. – Jennifer Nin


22. The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction. – Rachel Carson

23. 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

24. How long can men thrive between walls of brick, walking on asphalt pavements, breathing the fumes of coal and of oil, growing, working, dying, with hardly a thought of wind, and sky, and fields of grain, seeing only machine-made beauty, the mineral-like quality of life? – Charles A. Lindbergh

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

26. The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition. – Carl Sagan

27. There is a great need for the introduction of new values in our society, where bigger is not necessarily better, where slower can be faster, and where less can be more. – Gaylord Nelson

28. In our rich consumers’ civilization we spin cocoons around ourselves and get possessed by our possessions. – Max Lerner

29. Our life is frittered away by detail…Simplify, simplify, simplify! Simplicity of life and elevation of purpose. – Henry Thoreau

29. Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. – Archbishop Desmond Tutu

30. People ‘over-produce’ pollution because they are not paying for the costs of dealing with it. – Ha-Joon Chang

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