Sustainability Quotes

"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

"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

"Modern technology owes ecology an apology." Alan M. Eddison

"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

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

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

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

"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


"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

"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

"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

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

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

"There is a sufficiency in the world for man's need but not for man's greed." Gandhi

"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

"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

"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

"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

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

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


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