20 Motivational Earth Day Quotes

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Earth Day

Since April 22, 1970, Earth Day has brought together Americans in celebrating and protecting the environment. The event seeks to raise awareness of environmental issues and encourage people to get involved in environmental activities. This year, to get you into the spirit, we share 20 of the best quotes about nature, to motivate you to be kind to the environment and do your part to promote environmental sustainability.

Quotes for Inspiration

“A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.” — John James Audubon

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” — John Muir

“The good man is the friend of all living things.” — Ghandi

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

“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

Quotes for Conservation

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

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

“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.” — John Lubbock

“Without the oceans there would be no life on earth.” — Peter Benchley

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” — John Muir

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Quotes for the Future

“For 200 years we’ve been conquering nature. Now we’re beating it to death.” — Tom McMillian

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

“The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats and biodiversity … that’s all there is. That’s the whole economy. That’s where all the economic activity and jobs come from. These biological systems are the sustaining wealth of the world.” — Gaylord Nelson

“Until a man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so called scientific knowledge. Remedies from chemicals will never stand in favorable comparison with the products of nature, the living cell of a plant, the final result of the rays of the sun, the mother of all life.” — Thomas Alva Edison

“To see the world in a grain of sand, and heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour.” — William Blake

Quotes for Everyday Living

“There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew.” — Marshall McLuhan

“I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit nature, and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.” — E.B. White

“Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time.” — Motto of the Baltimore Grotto

“You can’t be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion, or challenge the ideology of a violet.” — Hal Borland

“Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.” — Cree Indian Proverb

Hopefully these quotes have inspired you to play your own part in protecting the Earth. Whether you do that by reviewing how you use energy safely, by campaigning to protect endangered species, or by planting new trees and plants, take pride in the environment and the Earth we live on.

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  1. Lora Kemp

    I am hosting an Earth Day Celebration in my home town, Spencer, IN. I am working to bring environmental awareness to our community and help save our state forests in Indiana from out of control logging. I appreciate the words of wisdom, but I always go back to Rachel Carson who says, “Never let your voice be silent.”

    2 years ago
    • Kayla Matthews

      Hi Lora!

      I totally agree – Rachel Carson is a trailblazer, I can’t believe I forgot her on this list!

      Thank you for the additional quote. Hope your Earth Day Celebration was a fantastic time ^_^


      2 years ago

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