32 Conservation Quotes
A collection of short conservation quotes that talk about what we need to do to help preserve the beauty of our planet. In so many areas, conservation
starts to cry out to us to pay attention; like the erosion of our soils, the dwindling wetlands, the plastic bottles that are polluting our oceans and killing
ocean creatures, or the overuse of our natural resources.
The wise use of our world-wide resources is to everyone's advantage not just to the few.
Reading these quotes on conservation is a good reminder to us all of our responsibilities to our natural world.
"The purpose of conservation:
The greatest good to the greatest number of people for the longest time."
The need to conserve water and allocate it to socially more valuable uses has not always been evident. In some societies water has long been treated as a scarce and valuable resource.
James Winpenny, Managing Water as an Economic Resource
To leave a footprint in the forest is akin to making a lasting imprint on humanity and its' worldly environment.
Theodore W. Higgingsworth
I have experienced firsthand the role of caretaker and healer of our Earth Mother. Caretaking is something I do to nurture the environments I pass
Joseph Woodkrutch, Tom Brown's Guide to Healing the Earth
"It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to
save the environment."
"Modern society will find no solution to the ecological problem unless
it takes a serious look at its lifestyle."
Pope John Paul II
"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."
"Only after the last tree has been cut down.
Only after the last river has been poisoned.
Only after the last fish has been caught.
Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten."
Native Cree Prophecy
"Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land."
"There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than
the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before."
"Conservation is ethically sound. It is rooted in our love of the land,
our respect for the rights of others, our devotion to the rule of law."
Lyndon Baines Johnson
"Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because
he could do only a little."
"Having to squeeze the last drop of utility out of the
land has the same desperate finality as having to chop
up the furniture to keep warm."
"The frog does not drink up the pond in which it lives."
"We abuse the land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us.
When we see land as a community to which we belong,
we may begin to use it with love and respect."
"What we do on land is mirrored
in the water…"
Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority
"What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection
of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another."
"Conservation means the wise use of the earth and
its resources for the lasting good of men."
"There's an old North American Indian saying:
The sky is held up by the trees.
If the forest disappears, the sky-roof of the world collapses.
Nature and man then perish together."
Poems about Life
"What a country chooses to save is what a
country chooses to say about itself."
"Man shapes himself through decisions that shape his environment."
"Let us... permit nature to take her own way; she better understands
her own affairs than we."
Michel de Montaigne
"Who will speak for Planet Earth?"
Earth Day Quotes
"Conservation is managing our natural resources,
from the largest watershed,to the smallest ecosystem."
Essex Region Conservation Authority
"The more clearly we can focus our attention on the
wonders and realities of the universe, the less taste we shall have
... writer Stephen Jay Gould once said, “Our efforts at conservation have little moral value if we preserve creatures only as human ornaments; I shall
be impressed when we show solicitude for warty toads and slithering worms.”
M. R. O'Connor, Resurrection Science
Expecting everyone to go completely green is, I feel, unrealistic. Nor is sustainability just about being green...it means supporting a long-term
ecological balance. In other words, not being harmful to the environment or depleting resources.
Ken Kroes, Feasible Planet
Poems of Encouragement
We need leaders in wildlife management and conservation who are able to understand the biology of wildlife species and how landscapes can be
managed to ensure their survival and long-term viability.
Paul R. Krausman and James W. Cain III, Wildlife Management and Conservation
"Over the long haul of life on this planet, it is the ecologists,
and not the bookkeepers of business, who are the ultimate accountants."
"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
"If we do not permit the Earth to produce beauty and joy,
it will in the end not produce food either."
Thought Provoking Quotes
"To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is
our only legitimate hope of survival."
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