Earth Day: 23 of the Greatest Environmental Quotes

These 23 environmental quotes are perfect for Earth Day.

In honor of Earth Day, I’ve put together this list of some of my favorite environmental quotes. I hope you find them as inspiring as I do. We have an obligation to take care of this world we all share and Earth Day is a great opportunity to celebrate the progress we’ve made.

It’s also a great opportunity to recommit and strive to do a better job. We’re all at a different point on our path toward a more sustainable future.

If you are thinking about the environment, take action on Earth Day 2019. Search Earth911’s Earth Day Events listings for activities near you.

Earth Day Inspiration

Now, time to draw a little inspiration from the quotes below.

1.

Love this environment quote from Mother Teresa.

“I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use.”
—Mother Teresa

2.

Lovely quote about the world for Earth Day

“The Earth is what we all have in common.”
—Wendell Berry

3.

Progress comes as we adjust our minds and continue to explore.

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
-George Bernard Shaw

4.

Ain't this the truth. I love running through the forests exploring the environment.

“Time spent among trees is never time wasted.”
—Anonymous

5.

What a great little poem about the environment

“Away, away, from men and towns,
To the wild wood and the downs, —
To the silent wilderness,
Where the soul need not repress its music.”
—Percy Bysshe Shelley

6.

According to the environmental quote I need to go plant a few trees.

“He that plants trees loves others besides himself.”
—Thomas Fuller

7.

We can make changes. This is an awesome quote from Margaret Mead

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
—Margaret Mead

8.

True happiness only comes when we are connected in some way with nature.

“One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between man and nature shall not be broken.”
—Leo Tolstoy

9.

Awesome quote about the environment

“The environment is where we all meet; where we all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.”
-Lady Bird Johnson

10.

This environmental quote is a great reminder of our stewardship over the Earth. We have a duty to take care of it.

“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.”
—John Paul II

11.

Love this quote about the beauty of the world around us.

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

12.

We all share the same world. We all have an obligation to take care of it.

“Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.”
—Jimmy Carter

13.

I love watching the sunrise!

“Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise.”
—George Washington Carver 

14.

Everything we do has an impact. This quote about the environment is definitely a good reminder of that.

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make.”
—Jane Goodall

15.

WE have to learn to sacrifice simple things now so that our future generations have a wonderful world to live upon. What an inspiring quote.

“The ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.”
—Gaylord Nelson

16.

Awesome environmental quote

“What’s the use of a fine house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on.”
—Henry David Thoreau

17.

Electric cars are definitely the way of the future

“Environmentally friendly cars will soon cease to be an option … they will become a necessity.”
—Fujio Cho, Honorary Chairman of Toyota Motors

18.

I love this quote from Helen Keller. Time spent rolling in the grass is truly wonderful.

“To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.”
—Helen Keller

19.

Franklin Roosevelt was a great environmentalist. Thanks to him we have our national parks!

“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

20.

I love this eco quote from Ernest Hemingway

“The Earth is a fine place and worth fighting for.”
—Ernest Hemingway

21.

This traditional Navajo prayer is a great celebration of the beauty in nature that surrounds us.

As I walk with Beauty
As I walk, as I walk,
The universe is walking with me,
In beauty it walks before me,
In beauty it walks behind me,
In beauty it walks below me,
In beauty it walks above me,
Beauty is on every side.

—Traditional Navajo Prayer

22.

Science should help us draw closer to the Earth, not abuse it.

“The proper use of science is not to conquer nature but to live in it.”
—Barry Commoner

23.

This environmental quote from Barbara Ward is so true. We need to learn to walk lightly upon the Earth.

“We have forgotten how to be good guests, how to walk lightly on the earth as its other creatures do.”
—Barbara Ward

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on April 22, 2016.

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