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environmental quotes (73)

It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.
Ansel Adams   Category: Environmental

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

If we bestow but a very little attention to the economy of the animal creation, we shall find manifest examples of premeditation, perseverance, resolution, and consumate artifice, in order to effect their purpose.
William Bartram   Category: Environmental

Under the Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star Program, homes are independently verified to be measurably more energy efficient than average houses.
Melissa Bean   Category: Environmental

Liberals in Congress have spent the past three decades pandering to environmental extremists. The policies they have put in place are in large part responsible for the energy crunch we are seeing today. We have not built a refinery in this country for 30 years.
Marsha Blackburn   Category: Environmental

Every time I have some moment on a seashore, or in the mountains, or sometimes in a quiet forest, I think this is why the environment has to be preserved.
Bill Bradley   Category: Environmental

You will die but the carbon will not; its career does not end with you. It will return to the soil, and there a plant may take it up again in time, sending it once more on a cycle of plant and animal life.
Jacob Bronowski   Category: Environmental

It is absolutely imperative that we protect, preserve and pass on this genetic heritage for man and every other living thing in as good a condition as we received it.
David R. Brower   Category: Environmental

It seems that every time mankind is given a lot of energy, we go out and wreck something with it.
David R. Brower   Category: Environmental

There is no place where we can safely store worn-out reactors or their garbage. No place!
David R. Brower   Category: Environmental

I can find God in nature, in animals, in birds and the environment.
Pat Buckley   Category: Environmental

They claim this mother of ours, the Earth, for their own use, and fence their neighbors away from her, and deface her with their buildings and their refuse.
Sitting Bull   Category: Environmental

I see humanity now as one vast plant, needing for its highest fulfillment only love, the natural blessings of the great outdoors, and intelligent crossing and selection.
Luther Burbank   Category: Environmental

If you violate Nature's laws you are your own prosecuting attorney, judge, jury, and hangman.
Luther Burbank   Category: Environmental

We must return to nature and nature's god.
Luther Burbank   Category: Environmental

Nuclear power will help provide the electricity that our growing economy needs without increasing emissions. This is truly an environmentally responsible source of energy.
Michael Burgess   Category: Environmental

Environmental degradation, overpopulation, refugees, narcotics, terrorism, world crime movements, and organized crime are worldwide problems that don't stop at a nation's borders.
Warren Christopher   Category: Environmental

People blame their environment. There is only one person to blame - and only one - themselves.
Robert Collier   Category: Environmental

Earth Day 1970 was irrefutable evidence that the American people understood the environmental threat and wanted action to resolve it.
Barry Commoner   Category: Environmental

Environmental concern is now firmly embedded in public life: in education, medicine and law; in journalism, literature and art.
Barry Commoner   Category: Environmental

The modern assault on the environment began about 50 years ago, during and immediately after World War II.
Barry Commoner   Category: Environmental

The Endangered Species Act is the strongest and most effective tool we have to repair the environmental harm that is causing a species to decline.
Norm Dicks   Category: Environmental

We learned that economic growth and environmental protection can and should go hand in hand.
Christopher Dodd   Category: Environmental

I don't think we're going to save anything if we go around talking about saving plants and animals only; we've got to translate that into what's in it for us.
Jim Fowler   Category: Environmental

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

Our world faces a true planetary emergency. I know the phrase sounds shrill, and I know it's a challenge to the moral imagination.
Al Gore   Category: Environmental

In a finite world this means that the per capita share of the world's goods must steadily decrease.
Garrett Hardin   Category: Environmental

No one should be able to enter a wilderness by mechanical means.
Garrett Hardin   Category: Environmental

Why are ecologists and environmentalists so feared and hated? This is because in part what they have to say is new to the general public, and the new is always alarming.
Garrett Hardin   Category: Environmental

All is connected... no one thing can change by itself.
Paul Hawken   Category: Environmental

We are now heading down a centuries-long path toward increasing the productivity of our natural capital - the resource systems upon which we depend to live - instead of our human capital.
Paul Hawken   Category: Environmental

We assume that everything's becoming more efficient, and in an immediate sense that's true; our lives are better in many ways. But that improvement has been gained through a massively inefficient use of natural resources.
Paul Hawken   Category: Environmental

If people destroy something replaceable made by mankind, they are called vandals; if they destroy something irreplaceable made by God, they are called developers.
Joseph Wood Krutch   Category: Environmental

If we do not permit the earth to produce beauty and joy, it will in the end not produce food, either.
Joseph Wood Krutch   Category: Environmental

When a man wantonly destroys one of the works of man we call him a vandal. When he destroys one of the works of god we call him a sportsman.
Joseph Wood Krutch   Category: Environmental

Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land.
Aldo Leopold   Category: Environmental

Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend; you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left.
Aldo Leopold   Category: Environmental

If we gave up eating beef we would have roughly 20 to 30 times more land for food than we have now.
James Lovelock   Category: Environmental

In a few decades, the relationship between the environment, resources and conflict may seem almost as obvious as the connection we see today between human rights, democracy and peace.
Wangari Maathai   Category: Environmental

Population, when unchecked, goes on doubling itself every 25 years or increases in a geometrical ratio.
Thomas Malthus   Category: Environmental

Maintaining healthy forests is essential to those who make a living from the land and for those of us who use them for recreational purposes.
Cathy McMorris   Category: Environmental

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   Category: Environmental

We won't have a society if we destroy the environment.
Margaret Mead   Category: Environmental

A knowledgeable and courageous U.S. president could help enormously in leading the world's nations toward saving the climate.
Donella Meadows   Category: Environmental

You may be able to fool the voters, but not the atmosphere.
Donella Meadows   Category: Environmental

God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools.
John Muir   Category: Environmental

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   Category: Environmental

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   Category: Environmental

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

I think the government has to reposition environment on top of their national and international priorities.
Brian Mulroney   Category: Environmental

I firmly believe that we can have a healthy environment and a sustainable timber industry.
Frank Murkowski   Category: Environmental

Pushing production out of America to nations without our environmental standards increases global environmental risks.
Frank Murkowski   Category: Environmental

Local innovation and initiative can help us better understand how to protect our environment.
Gale Norton   Category: Environmental

Why has it seemed that the only way to protect the environment is with heavy-handed government regulation?
Gale Norton   Category: Environmental

For me, going vegan was an ethical and environmental decision. I'm doing the right thing by the animals.
Alexandra Paul   Category: Environmental

Birds are indicators of the environment. If they are in trouble, we know we'll soon be in trouble.
Roger Tory Peterson   Category: Environmental

I consider myself to have been the bridge between the shotgun and the binoculars in bird watching. Before I came along, the primary way to observe birds was to shoot them and stuff them.
Roger Tory Peterson   Category: Environmental

Not all is doom and gloom. We are beginning to understand the natural world and are gaining a reverence for life - all life.
Roger Tory Peterson   Category: Environmental

People in Slow Food understand that food is an environmental issue.
Michael Pollan   Category: Environmental

Unless we keep this planet healthy, everything else is for naught.
Victoria Principal   Category: Environmental

Mankind is considered (by the radical environmentalists) the lowest and the meanest of all species and is blamed for everything.
Dixie Lee Ray   Category: Environmental

The government should set a goal for a clean environment but not mandate how that goal should be implemented.
Dixie Lee Ray   Category: Environmental

Industry is fortune's right hand, and frugality its left.
John Ray   Category: Environmental

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   Category: Environmental

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

I did not become a vegetarian for my health, I did it for the health of the chickens.
Isaac Bashevis Singer   Category: Environmental

In today's world, it is no longer unimaginable to think that business can operate - and even thrive - in an environmentally-friendly manner.
Olympia Snowe   Category: Environmental

Within 10 years it will be impossible to travel to the North Pole by dog team. There will be too much open water.
Will Steger   Category: Environmental

After all, sustainability means running the global environment - Earth Inc. - like a corporation: with depreciation, amortization and maintenance accounts. In other words, keeping the asset whole, rather than undermining your natural capital.
Maurice Strong   Category: Environmental

Journey with me to a true commitment to our environment. Journey with me to the serenity of leaving to our children a planet in equilibrium.
Paul Tsongas   Category: Environmental