Sustainability Quotes

A collection of sustainability quotes for you to reflect upon. We hope these brief quotes give you food for thought.

"We thrive and survive on planet earth as a single human family. And one of our main responsibilities is to leave to successor generations a sustainable future." General Kofi A. Annan
Family   |

"The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased, and not impaired in value."
Theodore Roosevelt
Conservation   |

"Modern technology owes ecology an apology."
Alan M. Eddison
Thought Provoking   |

"The future will be green, or not at all. This truth lies at the heart of humankind's most pressing challenge: to learn to live in harmony with the Earth on a genuinely sustainable basis."
Sir Jonathon Porritt
Earth Day   |

"The starting point for a better world is the belief that it is possible."
Norman Cousins
Believe   |

"The future is literally in our hands to mold as we like. But we cannot wait until tomorrow. Tomorrow is now."
Eleanor Roosevelt
Procrastination   |

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

"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
Environment  |

"In the long term, the economy and the environment are the same thing. If it's unenvironmental it is uneconomical. That is the rule of nature."
Mollie Beattie
Inspirational   |

"How long can men thrive between walls of brick, walking on asphalt pavements, breathing the fumes of coal and of oil, growing, working, dying, with hardly a thought of wind, and sky, and fields of grain, seeing only machine-made beauty, the mineral-like quality of life?"
Charles Lindbergh
Life   |

"There must be a better way to make the things we want, a way that doesn't spoil the sky, or the rain or the land."
Paul McCartney
Thoughtful   |

"The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children."
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Children   |

"Sustainable development" is a "compelling moral and humanitarian issue."
Colin Powell
Attitude   |

"There is a sufficiency in the world for man's need but not for man's greed."
Poems about Life   |

"The packaging for a microwavable 'microwave' dinner is programmed for a shelf life of maybe six months, a cook time of two minutes and a landfill dead-time of centuries."
David Wann
Reduce, Recycle, Reuse   |

"Those who wish to pet and baby wild animals 'love' them. But those who respect their natures and wish to let them live normal lives, love them more."
Edwin Way Teale
Love   |

"If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos."
Edward O. Wilson
Adaptability   |

"The earth we abuse and the living things we kill will, in the end, take their revenge; for in exploiting their presence we are diminishing our future."
Marya Mannes
Pollution   |

"We have not inherited the world from our forefathers - we have borrowed it from our children."
Proverbs   |

To return self-sufficiency and creativity to our lives, we might operate some sort of business from home, a cottage industry, a creative production into which we can put as much or as little time and energy as we like, as much as suits us at a particular time in our lives. Tom Hodgkinson, How To Be Free
Creativity   |

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