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What is your favorite environmental quote?

Asked by emilyrose (2272points) August 4th, 2008

I am working on a project to create a reusable bag that will feature some kind of environmental quote and be used to generate money for various environmental/ social justice organizations. I also need to use quotes that don’t require any permissions. Something upbeat and positive that will inspire people, and a quote that people would enjoy carrying around on a reusable bag.

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AstroChuck's avatar

Underground nuclear testing, defoliation of the rain forests, toxic waste… Let’s put it this way, if the world were a big apartment, we wouldn’t get our deposit back.
- John Ross

marinelife's avatar

Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.

Chief Seattle
{US} Divamish Indians

To survive, our minds must taste redwood, and agate, octopi, bat, and in the bat’s mouth, insect. It’s hard to think like a planet, but we’ve got to try.

James Bertolino

Who knows the flower best? – the one who reads about it in a book, or the one who finds it wild on the mountainside?

Alexandra David-Neel

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.


Give me spots on the apples, but leave me the birds and the bees, please!

Joni Mitchell

Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty.

John Ruskin

In wilderness is the preservation of the world.

Henry David Thoreau

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

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike.

John Muir

None of Nature’s landscapes are ugly so long as they are wild.

John Muir

I could go on. I take a lot of inspiration from environmental quotes.

hollywoodduck's avatar

When elephants fight it’s the grass that suffers.

I don’t know who said it but it’s the only thing I could think of.

Indy318's avatar

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

MrKnowItAll's avatar

It isn’t nice to fck with Mother Nature

~ Madison Avenue

xxporkxsodaxx's avatar

Captain Planet!!

~Captain Planet

loser's avatar

Visualize Whirlled Peas!

robmandu's avatar

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

— Dr. Seuss, from The Lorax

janbb's avatar

“Be Kind to Your Mother.”

Don’t know who said it first but it was a slogan around in the 70s and 80s. it seems bagworthy – pithy and clear.

jholler's avatar

look then, far, far across the factories and the grass; surely there, surely they will let you pass. Speak, then, and ask the forests and the loam. What do you hear? What does the Land command? The Earth is taken, this is not your home.
( can’t remember where I read that. )

nina's avatar

Where there is a will – there is a way!

wildflower's avatar

One I recently came up with for a mail at work (and I won’t charge you for use ;) ):

“Reduce, reuse, recycle….......all but information”

tinyfaery's avatar

Reducing my carbon footprint.

Don’t trash me.

delirium's avatar

I saw one recently that said “make love, not landfills”.

generalspecific's avatar

I found the most amazing one the other day.. it’s sort of long but I just have to share it.

“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.” –-William Blake

it’s like the story of my life.

gailcalled's avatar

Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Les fruits sont à tous et la terre n’est à personne.

… the fruits of the earth belong to everyone but the earth itself to no one

tinyfaery's avatar

Great one gail.

gailcalled's avatar

Thank Jean-Jacques, not moi.

tinyfaery's avatar

Well I knew that. I just enjoy the sentiment.

gailcalled's avatar

And it reads much better in French than in translation.

Indy318's avatar

Vrai,Vrai Madame Gail

KimberlyLD's avatar

For a lot of years, this has been one of my favorites:

We do not inherit the Earth from our parents, we borrow it from our children.
~Ancient Native American Proverb

And then, in the song quote category:
”...There is trouble in the forest, there is unrest in the Trees…”

gailcalled's avatar

And this, by one of my favorite poets.

”“Breathe with unconditioned breath the unconditioned air. Shun electric wire. Communicate slowly. Live a three-dimensioned life; stay away from screens.”
Wendell Berry

gailcalled's avatar

And this, used by my son on the masthead of a newsletter he edited for MassBike.

“When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race.” H.G. Wells

peedub's avatar

Go take a hike!

-Random 80’s T-shirt

generalspecific's avatar

“it’s natures way of telling you something’s wrong”

gsiener's avatar

So-called “global warming” is just a secret ploy by wacko tree-huggers to make America energy independent, clean our air and water, improve the fuel efficiency of our vehicles, kick-start 21st-century industries, and make our cities safter and more liveable. Don’t let them get away with it!

—Chip Giller, Founder of where environmentally minded people gather online.

emilyrose's avatar

Was that from the April fools edition?

Chriznak's avatar

Waste Not, Want Not

benjaminlevi's avatar

dont know the exact quote but when asked if he believed if global warming was real Arnold Schwarzenegger responded something like “If 98 doctors tell me my child is sick and needs medication, and two doctors tell me he is fine I am going to listen to the 98 doctors”

other than that
reduce, reuse, recycle (in that order!)

Noel_S_Leitmotiv's avatar

‘The Earth is old enough and big enough to take care of itself’.


gailcalled's avatar

@Me: “If the Earth didn’t have those pesky people all over, she would be doing just fine.”

Noel_S_Leitmotiv's avatar

Well. if you consider your presence here on Earth a problem to it there’s something you can do about it. (compost yourself).

I however do not wish to be included in that ‘solution’.

gailcalled's avatar

@Noel_S_Leitmotiv: I didn’t posit a solution but a supposition. And we’ll all be compost in 100 years.

tinyfaery's avatar

And may it take care of you quickly.

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