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Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. John Muir

If we’re destroying our trees and destroying our environment and hurting animals and hurting one another and all that stuff, there’s got to be a very powerful energy to fight that. I think we need more love in the world. We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter. I definitely want to contribute to that. Ellen DeGeneres

Try to leave the Earth a better place than when you arrived. Sidney Sheldon

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

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

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The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago… had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands. Havelock Ellis, The Dance of Life, 1923

There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed. Mohandas K. Gandhi

There’s so much pollution in the air now that if it weren’t for our lungs there’d be no place to put it all. Robert Orben

It wasn’t the Exxon Valdez captain’s driving that caused the Alaskan oil spill.  It was yours.  Greenpeace advertisement, New York Times, 25 February 1990

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, The Pursuit of Wilderness, 1971

Don’t blow it – good planets are hard to find.  Quoted in Time

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When a man throws an empty cigarette package from an automobile, he is liable to a fine of $50. When a man throws a billboard across a view, he is richly rewarded. Pat Brown

It wasn’t the Exxon Valdez captain’s driving that caused the Alaskan oil spill. It was yours. Greenpeace advertisement

There must be a reason why some people can afford to live well. They must have worked for it. I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use. Mother Teresa

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. Native American Proverb

I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?. Robert Redford

When a man says to me, “I have the intensest love of nature,” at once I know that he has none. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Water is H2O, hydrogen two parts, oxygen one, but there is also a third thing, that makes it water and nobody knows what that is. D.H. Lawrence environment.gov.au

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We are living on this planet as if we had another one to go to. Terri Swearingen

One planet, one experiment. Edward O. Wilson

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

The fate of the living planet is the most important issue facing mankind. Gaylord Nelson

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

I feel more confident than ever that the power to save the planet rests with the individual consumer. Denis Hayes

You know what happens when windmills collapse into the sea? A splash. Bill Maher

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The most important thing about global warming is this. Whether humans are responsible for the bulk of climate change is going to be left to the scientists, but it’s all of our responsibility to leave this planet in better shape for the future generations than we found it. Mike Huckabee

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe. John Muir

The only way forward, if we are going to improve the quality of the environment, is to get everybody involved. Richard Rogers

Environmental pollution is an incurable disease. It can only be prevented. Barry Commoner

We are aware only of the empty space in the forest, which only yesterday was filled with trees. Anna Freud

The Earth does not belong to us: we belong to the Earth. Marlee Matlin

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Nature provides a free lunch, but only if we control our appetites. William Ruckelshaus, Business Week, 18 June 1990

When a man throws an empty cigarette package from an automobile, he is liable to a fine of $50.  When a man throws a billboard across a view, he is richly rewarded. Pat Brown, quoted in David Ogilvy, Ogilvy on Advertising, 1985

Because we don’t think about future generations, they will never forget us. Henrik Tikkanen



I’m not an environmentalist.  I’m an Earth warrior. Darryl Cherney, quoted in Smithsonian, April 1990

I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security.  Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad.  Otherwise what is there to defend? Robert Redford, Yosemite National Park dedication, 1985

We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732

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

Earth is our mother. In spite of our desire to harm our mother, she will always love us forever.

Heal the world, make it a better place, for you and for me and the entire human race. There are people dying if you care enough for the living. Make it a better place for you and for me.

Imagine if trees gave off Wifi signals, we would be planting so many trees and we’d probably save the planet too. Too bad they only produce the oxygen we breathe.

Environmentally friendly cars will soon cease to be an option – they will become a necessity. Fujio Cho

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The sun is the only safe nuclear reactor, situated as it is some ninety-three million miles away. – Stephanie Mills

Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land. – Aldo Leopold

What is the use of a house if you don’t have a decent planet to put it on? – Henry David Thoreau

I conceive that the land belongs to a vast family of which many are dead, few are living, and countless numbers are still unborn.  Nigerian Chief

Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them. Albert Einstein

Waste not the smallest thing created, for grains of sand make mountains, and atomies infinity. E. Knight

If we go on using the Earth uncaringly and without replenishing it, then we are just greedy consumers. Satish Kumar

Sustainability is about ecology, economy and equity. Ralph Bicknese

If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down. Jack Handey

Anything else you’re interested in is not going to happen if you can’t breathe the air and drink the water. Don’t sit this one out. Do something. Carl Sagan

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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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

By polluting clear water with slime you will never find good drinking water. Aeschylus

Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it. Henry David Thoreau

Take a course in good water and air; and in the eternal youth of Nature you may renew your own. Go quietly, alone; no harm will befall you. John Muir

I think the cost of energy will come down when we make this transition to renewable energy. Al Gore

We don’t have to sacrifice a strong economy for a healthy environment. Dennis Weaver

Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth. Henry David Thoreau

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Your grandchildren will likely find it incredible – or even sinful – that you burned up a gallon of gasoline to fetch a pack of cigarettes! Paul MacCready, Jr.

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. Native American Proverb

There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth.  We are all crew. Marshall McLuhan, 1964

Newspapers:  dead trees with information smeared on them. Horizon, “Electronic Frontier”

They kill good trees to put out bad newspapers. James G. Watt, quoted in Newsweek, 8 March 1982

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The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river. Ross Perot

The supreme reality of our time is …the vulnerability of our planet. John F. Kennedy

The battle we have fought, and are still fighting, for the forests is a part of the eternal conflict between right and wrong. John Muir

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

You have to hold yourself accountable for your actions, and that’s how we’re going to protect the Earth. Julia Butterfly Hill

Out of all those millions and millions of planets floating around there in space, this is our planet, this is our little one, so we just got to be aware of it and take care of it. Paul McCartney

The best friend of earth of man is the tree. When we use the tree respectfully and economically, we have one of the greatest resources on the earth. Frank Lloyd Wright

A person who cares about the earth will resonate with its purity. Sally Fox