40 Best Environment Quotes To Inspire You To Help Save The Planet

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Get motivated to make some changes today with our collection of the best environmental quotes that remind us to save the Earth, one person at a time.

With the threat of climate change, deforestation, and the huge threat to the honey bee, it has perhaps never been more important to think about our individual and collective impact on the world we live in.

So a great way of doing that is to use these environment quotes to help remind and inspire you to do your part to save the world.

Personally, I’ve tried to make small changes to help reduce my waste — I use a refillable water cup instead of drinking bottled water, I use my shower towel twice before washing it, and I wear my outfits 2-3 time before putting them in the hamper to be washed.

Bonus: These things save money on top of being good for the environment (it’s a win-win!).

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Sure, we could do more (I really need to try to get into recycling) but hey, we’re trying. Life is about balance and doing what you can, when you can.

Small steps can turn into bigger steps and they can inspire others to make small changes too (the more people making small changes the better).

While it can be difficult, it’s important to try not to get discouraged by how big these problems can seem and to do what you can to make changes for the better.

So get inspired to make the world a better, healthier place with our collection of the best environment quotes about saving the planet.

1. "The earth is what we all have in common.” —Wendell Berry


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We need to unite against the threats on the earth.

2. “The single biggest threat to our planet is the destruction of habitat and along the way loss of precious wildlife. We need to reach a balance where people, habitat, and wildlife can co-exist – if we don’t everyone loses … one day.” —Steve Irwin


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Steve Irwin was passionate about doing his part to save the planet.

3. “Deforestation is changing our climate, harming people and the natural world. We must, and can, reverse this trend.” —Jane Goodall

Each of us has to do our part.

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

We need to work to provide our children's children a healthy place to live.

5. “We live in a culture where people are more offended by ‘swear’ words and middle fingers than they are by famine, warfare and the destruction of our environment.”

Think about it.

6. “Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man.” —Stewart Udall

Preach, Stewart, Preach!

7. “[The movement to address climate change is] about something deeper than [justice], it’s about solidarity. Human solidarity.” —Bill McKibben

We all have to play our part in saving the planet.

8. “It is our collective and individual responsibility … to preserve and tend to the world in which we all live.” —Dalai Lama


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A lot of the big things start at home.

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9. “If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live.” —Albert Einstein

Even the smallest bee can make a world of difference.

10. “If you are fearful of the destruction of the environment, then learn to quit being an environmental parasite.” —Wendell Berry

Heck, even if you’re not scared – do it anyway!

11. “Caring for the Earth is not a hippie thing, it’s a survival thing.”

You should care.

12. “It’s easier to call vegans crazy than it is to question your morality.”


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Even if you're not a vegan or a vegetarian, it's good to understand why some are so passionate about it.

13. “Grow food, not lawns.”

Good advice.

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14. “You cannot protect the environment unless you empower people, you inform them, and you help them understand that these resources are their own, that they must protect them.” —Wangari Maathai

Feel empowered yet?

15. “Stop fighting about who created the world and start fighting against the people who are trying to destroy it!”

I think whoever created the world would want you to protect it anyway.

16. “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

Maybe we should change it.

17. “It’s the little things that citizens do. That’s what will make the difference. My little thing is planting trees.” —Wangari Maathai

What’s your “little thing”?

18. “Every time you buy organic you are persuading more farmers to grow organic.”

And organic tastes better anyway!

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


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We are all connected.

20. “There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.” —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


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Ain't that the truth.

21. “The environment and the economy are really both two sides of the same coin. If we cannot sustain the environment, we cannot sustain ourselves.” —Wangari Maathai

It’s all about perspective.

22. “To damage the earth is to damage your children.” —Wendell Berry

Keeping it real.

23. “Every day I supply oxygen for up to 4 people. Don’t you think I’m worth saving?” —A tree

Want to breathe? Then do your part in saving the things that give us that air in the first place.

24. “I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.” —Dr. Seuss (From The Lorax)

Someone's got to do it.

25. “Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.”

What's your part?

26. “Fast fashion isn’t free. Someone else is paying.” —Lucy Siegle

And by “someone else” she means everybody.

27. “First question is ‘As individuals what can we do?’ – the answer is: practically nothing! What could be done and always has been done in history is by people who are organized. The labor movement, civil rights movement, women’s movement, anti-war movement, environmental movement. These can do things. And that’s one of the reasons why powerful systems are so intent on atomizing people. ” —Noam Chomsky

Don’t think you can’t change the world.

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28. “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree long ago.” —Warren Buffett

Sitting in the shade is wonderful.

29. “We are in danger of destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity. We cannot remain looking inwards at ourselves on a small and increasingly polluted and overcrowded planet.” —Stephen Hawking

Maybe only have one kid and teach them to ride a bike?

30. “If you really think the environment is less important than the economy try holding your breathe while you count your money.”

It's harder than you might think.

31. “We are living on the planet as if we have another one to go to.” —Terry Swearingen

Hint: we don't yet.

32.“Have you ever had a conversation with a Christian Conservative who tells you that you should believe in God just in case he is real? Why don’t they say the same thing about climate change?”

Good question.

33. "The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” —Chinese Proverb

No time like the present.

34. “The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” —Robert Swan

It's your job too.

35. “It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little. Do what you can.” —Sydney Smith

Doing something little is still something.

36. “Global warming isn’t real because I was cold today! Also great news: world hunger is over because I just ate.” —Stephen Colbert

This is sarcasm, so you know.

37. “The truth is: the natural world is changing. And we are totally dependent on that world. It provides our food, water and air. It is the most precious thing we have and we need to defend it.” —David Attenborough


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Our world needs help.

38. “Anything else you’re interested in is not going to happen if you can’t breathe the air or drink the water. Don’t sit this one out. Do something.” —Carl Sagen


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Start your part today. Like, right now.

39. “Trees are the answer.”

You wouldn't be here without them.

40. “ … because when you stop and look around, this life is pretty amazing.”

Amazing and worth protecting.

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Nicole Bradley-Bernard is a writer who covers quotes, pop-culture, and sustainability topics.