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50+ Meaningful Eco-friendly quotes to keep you going in the right direction.

50+ Meaningful Eco-friendly quotes to keep you going in the right direction.

Saving the planet one small change at a time…
Helping the environment and making our world a better place is not always an easy task.

Some days convenience packaging wins, sometimes the ‘cheaper’ less sustainable product option wins.
Some days things are just out of our control and as much as we want to choose the better option, it just isn’t available.

So here’s a great big list of Eco quotes to keep you motivated, on track and remembering why we do it! (Not all of them are positive, but they all have great meaning.)

Imagination is more important than knowledge - Albert Einstein

I love this quote! Are you wondering how it relates to being eco- friendly?
For me, being able to imagine a world without pollution and plastic filled oceans is what keeps me going, I may not have all the knowledge of how to make it happen, but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible.

 Leave no footprint. Be an environmental ninja. - Unknown

 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

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

Even if you don't believe in climate change, wouldn't you just prefer breathing in clean air?


Water and air the two essential fluids on which all life depends have become global garbage cans.
- Jacques-Yves Cousteau


You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. - Jane Goodall

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

It is not an investment if it's destroying the planet. - Vandana Shiva

The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it. - Robert Swan

 You don't have to live in the middle of nowhere, in a tent with no electricity to help the environment. Make small changes...Then work your way up to the tent. - S. Cooper

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. - Chinese Proverb

 The frog does not drink up the pond in which it lives. - Proverbs

 The earth is a tremendous gift. There is nothing else like in in the known universe. I want to leave it the way I found it. - Dennis Weaver

The truth is: The natural world is changing, and we are totally dependant 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

Living on earth is expensive but it does include a free trip around the sun every year. - Unknown

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. - George Bernard Shaw

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

If you really think the environment is less important than the economy try holding your breath while you count your money. - Dr. Guy McPherson

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. - John Muir

The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition. - Carl Sargan

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it's not. - Dr Seuss, The Lorax

Living more sustainably isn't a hippie thing. It's a survival thing. Killing the earth = Killing Ourselves - Ecore

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

Small acts when multiplied by millions of people can transform the world. - Howard Zinn

We are our choices. - Jean-Paul Sartre

Sooner or later we will have to recognise that the earth has rights too, to live without pollution. What mankind must know is that human beings cannot live without mother earth, but the planet can live without humans. - Evo Morales

For 200 years we've been conquering nature. Now we're beating it to death. - Tom McMillan

I don't want to protect the environment, I want to create a world where the environment doesn't need protecting.

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

Our planet is the keeper of everything that means something to you. Is it worth fighting for now? - S. B. Cooper

We never know the worth of water until the well is dry. - Thomas Fuller

When we realise we can make a buck cleaning up the environment , it will be done! - Dennis Weaver

After one look at this planet any visitor from outer space would say 'I want to see the manager.' - William S. Burroughs


There is no such thing as "away". When we throw anything away it must go somewhere. - Annie Leonard.

We should preserve every scrap of biodiversity as priceless while we learn to use it and come to understand what it means to humanity. - E. O. Wilson


Business has to change the way it does business, or we will make no significant changes in the way we relate to the earth. - Dennis Weaver

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


There is no emergency backup planet.

The earth is a fine place and worth fighting for. - Ernest Hemingway


 Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed , it is the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead

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. - Unknown

The old Lakota was wise. He knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; He knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans too. - Luther Standing Bear

The threat to the planet is us. It's actually not a threat to the planet - It's a threat to us. - Margaret Atwood

If we pollute the air, water and soil that keep us alive and well, and destroy the biodiversity that allows natural systems to function, no amount of money will save us. - David Suzuki

It was not until we saw the picture of the earth, from the moon, that we realized how small and how helpless this planet is - something that we must hold in our arms and care for. - Margaret Mead

What is the use of a fine house ifyou haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on? - Henry David Thoreau

When things aren't sustainable, they eventually have to stop.

We search for life on other planets and in other regions of our galaxy. Meanwhile we destroy and ignore the other life on this planet. - Anthony Douglas Williams

Education is key to environmental protection.

Use it up, wear it out, make do, or do without. - New England Proverb

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results. - Albert Einstein


That’s all the quotes I have for now, I hope they have inspired you to keep going through the hard days and to keep making changes for the better. Let me know in the comments which one is your favourite!

Your fave isn’t here? Let me know what it is and I’ll add it in to the next one that I do.

Sarah :)

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  • Shona Mortleman
    Shona Mortleman

    I love your quote with the tent, very well done
    My favourite quote that applies to everything in life is ( including saving our planet) “Find a way”

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