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67 Environmental Protection Quotes - Sayings About Sustainability, Nature And Environment

Are you looking for effective Environmental protection quotesto inspire even more people to actively protect our nature? Super! If you want to change something and get others involved, you need effective words and the necessary motivation. Of course, this also applies to a sustainable life and the protection of our nature.

In this article you will therefore find a broadside of quotes and sayings about sustainability that motivate me and many other people to work for environmental protection every day. Let's go!

My please: Keep in mind that many of the quotes about sustainability have been translated into English from other languages. I cannot guarantee that it is the original quote in each case. Therefore, double check them before you share them. If you like and share any of the quotes in the internet, please link this elaborately created collection. Thank you for your support!

The Best Environmental Protection Quotes And Sayings About Sustainability

In life, there are always those phases when you need that certain extra boost of motivation. Memorable quotes give me that drive especially in the areas of environmental protection, conservation and sustainability. I would like to share my favorite quotes with you now.

Sustainability Quotes 1 - 10

  1. "We are living in dangerous times. Men control nature before they are even able to control themselves." (Albert Schweitzer)
  2. "To think about the end in everything you do, that is sustainability." (Eric Schweitzer)
  3. "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." (Albert Einstein)
  4. "Too many people spend money they haven't earned to buy things they don't want to impress people they don't like." (Will Rogers)
  5. "Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and nature are in fact plans to protect man." (Stewart Udall)
  6. "Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience." (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
  7. "Any stupid boy can crush a bug. But all the professors in the world can't make one." (Arthur Schopenhauer)
  8. "Yes, we could do something about climate change now, but if we then found out in 50 years that all the scientists were wrong after all and there was no global warming at all, then we would have ensured, for no reason at all, that even in the cities you can breathe the air again, that the rivers are no longer toxic, that cars make neither noise nor stink, and that we are no longer dependent on dictators and their oil reserves. That would make us pretty angry." (Marc-Uwe Kling)
  9. "Woe to humanity, should only a single animal have a seat in the Last Judgement." (Christian Morgenstern)
  10. "As long as people think that animals don't feel, animals will have to feel that people don't think." (Unknown)

Sustainability Quotes 11 - 20

  1. "If you want the world to stay the way it is, you don't want it to stay." (Erich Fried)
  2. "The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it." (Robert Swan)
  3. "Animal protection is education to humanity." (Albert Schweitzer)
  4. "Be yourself the change you wish to see in this world." (Mahatma Gandhi)
  5. "What we do today will determine what the world looks like tomorrow." (Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach)
  6. "It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do." (Molière)
  7. "Buy less, choose well, make it last." (Vivienne Westwood)
  8. "It's not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves." (William Shakespeare)
  9. "Everyone wants to get back to nature. But none on foot." (Werner Mitsch)
  10. "Whales are the memory of the earth and guardians of time. When they no longer exist, man's days are numbered." (Proverb)

Sustainability Quotes 21 - 30

  1. Our common Mother Nature is showing her children more and more clearly that she has run out of patience." (Dalai Lama)
  2. "Only beautiful animals or ugly people wear fur." (Unknown)
  3. "Your receipt is your ballot. Every damn time." (Unknown)
  4. "Those who always do what they already know how to do will always remain what they already are." (Henry Ford)
  5. "The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it." (Ernest Hemingway)
  6. "Many small people, in many small places, do many small things, that can alter the face of the world." (African proverb)
  7. "If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere." (Vincent van Gogh)
  8. "Minimalism is not about having nothing, it's about having no burden." (Unknown)
  9. "Remember, it says 'best before' not 'immediately fatal as of'." (Unknown)
  10. "If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian." (Paul McCartney)

Sustainability Quotes 31 - 40

  1. "The future is not a blow of fate, but the consequence of the choices we make today." (Franz Alt)
  2. "The best mental institution is by far the open nature." (Ernst Ferstl)
  3. "Our planet is our home, our only home. Where will we go if we destroy it?"(Dalai Lama)
  4. "People would rather go down before changing their habits." (Leo Tolstoy)
  5. "Nature never deceives us. It is always we who deceive ourselves." (Jean-Jacques Rousseau)
  6. "Environmental protection is an opportunity and not a burden we have to bear." (Helmut Sihler)
  7. "Men's natures are alike, it is their habits that carry them far apart." (Confucius)
  8. "The same natural forces that enable us to fly to the stars also enable us to destroy our star." (Wernher von Braun)
  9. "Anything that is against nature will not last in the long run." (Charles Darwin)
  10. "The world has enough for everyone's needs, but not everyone's greed." (Mahatma Gandhi)

Sustainability Quotes 41 - 50

  1. "It is cheaper to protect the planet now than to fix it later." (José Manuel Barroso)
  2. "Reason starts in the kitchen." (Friedrich Nietzsche)
  3. "Environmental protection is posterity protection." (Richard von Weizsäcker)
  4. "The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." (Socrates)
  5. "'It's just a straw,' said 8 billion people." (Unknown)
  6. "Only when the last tree has been cut down, the last fish been caught, and the last stream poisoned, will we realize we cannot eat money." (Wisdom of the Cree)
  7. "Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man." (Arthur Schopenhauer)
  8. "Many little people in many little places doing many little things can change the face of this world." (African proverb)
  9. "Many would like to lead a simpler life if it wasn't so complicated to reach that state." (Justus Jonas)
  10. "The purest form of insanity is to leave everything the same and the same time hope that things will change." (Albert Einstein)

Sustainability Quotes 51 - 60

  1. "The world changes by your example, not by your opinion." (Paulo Coelho)
  2. "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." (Aldous Huxley)
  3. "Nature doesn't need people - people need nature; nature would survive the extinction of the human being and go on just fine, but human culture, human beings, cannot survive without nature." (Henry Ford)
  4. "The most environmentally friendly product is the one you didn't buy." (Joshua Becker)
  5. "Earth is not only our common heritage, it is also the source of life." (Dalai Lama)
  6. "Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries." (Jimmy Carter)
  7. "I have learned you are never too small to make a difference." (Greta Thunberg)
  8. "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."" (Margaret Mead)
  9. "As well as you want to do good, you can be sure to find enemies." (Voltaire)
  10. "You are not sovereign if you have a lot, but need little." (Niko Paech)

Sustainability Quotes 61 - 67

  1. "We deal with this world as if we had a second one in the trunk." (Jane Fonda)
  2. "We can't change the wind, but we can set the sails differently." (Aristotle)
  3. "Those who have the privilege to know have the duty to act." (Albert Einstein)
  4. "It's not your fault that the world is the way it is. It would only be your fault if it stays that way." (The Doctors)
  5. "All animals know it, except man, that the highest goal of life is joy." (Samuel Butler)
  6. "We inherited nature from our parents. But we have also borrowed it from our children." (Richard von Weizsäcker)
  7. "One must never stop imagining the world as it would be most reasonable." (Friedrich Dürrenmatt)

Notice: I'll keep adding to this list of the most valuable environmental protection quotes. Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments 🙂 .

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Frequently asked questions about environmental protection and sustainability

How can I protect the environment and live more sustainably?

Each of us has a myriad of options available to us in order to Protect the environment in everyday life. For example, you can consciously avoid waste and collect it from the environment, save water and electricity, eat a plant-based, regional and seasonal diet, reduce your consumption to sensible things, prefer public transport and plant a sustainable, species-rich garden.

What is meant by the term sustainability?

Sustainability, sustainable development, is understood to be forward-looking action that meets the needs of the present in such a way that the opportunities of future generations are not restricted. The model "Triangle of sustainability" is intended to assist in this endeavor by giving equal consideration to economic efficiency, social equity, and environmental sustainability wherever possible.

How can we define environmental awareness?

Environmental awareness means recognizing that people can harm the natural environment - and thus their own livelihood - or endanger its natural balance. Those who adapt accordingly so as not to harm the environment are considered environmentally conscious.

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Use the sayings about sustainability and environmental protection

Use the environmental protection quotes to gather new motivation for yourself in the fight for a better world and also to get others to rethink. It is the small but powerful words that enlighten and shake people up. And I hope you found them in the collection of quotes about sustainability and environmentally conscious living.

Do you have any questions or suggestions? And maybe more quotes about environmental protection that should have a place here? Then always bring them to us in the comments!

Stay sustainable,

Christoph from CareElite - Plastic-free living

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Christoph Schulz

I'm Christoph, an environmental scientist and author - and here at CareElite I'm campaigning against plastic waste in the environment, climate change and all the other major environmental problems of our time. Together with other environmentally conscious bloggers, I want to give you tips & tricks for a naturally healthy, sustainable life as well as your personal development.

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