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50 Conservation Quotes

A collection of short conservation quotes that talk about what we need to do to help preserve the beauty, and protect 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.

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  1. If we are ever going to take care of this planet, we have to start by knowing and caring about our own region. Human nature is such that in the end we will protect only what we love and love only what we know. Drew Monkman, Nature's Year

  2. "Let us... permit nature to take her own way; she better understands her own affairs than we." Michel de Montaigne

  3. Conservation of our earthly environment is important for the survival of all humankind just as the extension of love is necessary for a Christian. Samatha Anne Marie Lynch

  4. Conservation is just like friendships; both require nurturing and attention. Victoria L. Adenson

  5. "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." M.S. Swaminathan

  6. 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

  7. Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land.
  8. "Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land." Aldo Leopold

  9. "The purpose of conservation: The greatest good to the greatest number of people for the longest time." Gifford Pinchot

  10. If you destroy thriving woodlands to establish a so-called smart city, it won’t be a ‘development.’ Development and conservation should go hand in hand. Shivanshu K. Srivastava

  11. We are rightly concerned with what might happen to the Earth in the future as a result of these climatic changes, but it has to be realized that the planet has had many climatic oscillations, both warmer and cooler, on a bigger scale than that seen today, though these occurred prior to human evolution. David Huddart, Earth Environments

  12. 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.  Gifford Pinchot James Winpenny, Managing Water as an Economic Resource

  13. To leave a footprint in the forest is akin to making a lasting imprint on humanity and its' worldly environment. Theodore W. Higgingsworth

  14. 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 through. Joseph Woodkrutch, Tom Brown's Guide to Healing the Earth

  15. All measures of conservation, as well as all technologies meant to wean us from fossil fuels, are worth pursuing in the same way that doing something is always more than doing nothing. Hope Jahren

  16. Man was the last of Creation but was given the duty to care for the Earth and all other created living creatures. Lailah Gifty Akita

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  18. "It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment." Ansel Adams

  19. "Modern society will find no solution to the ecological problem unless it takes a serious look at its lifestyle." Pope John Paul II

  20. "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

  21. Conservation is a fight against the less scrupulous side of ourselves. Elliot Connor

  22. "Conservation strategies aim to protect and conserve freshwater resources through efficient use, watershed management, pollution prevention, and habitat restoration to ensure water security for both people and nature."

  23. "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

  24. "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." Robert Lynd

  25. "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

  26. We will conserve what we love, love what we understand and understand what we are taught.
  27. We will conserve what we love, love what we understand and understand what we are taught. Andrew H Knoll

  28. "We owe it to our children, and our children's children to be conservationists."

  29. Conservation means development as much as it does protection. I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use the natural resources of our land; but I do not recognize the right to waste them, or to rob, by wasteful use, the generations that come after us. Theodore Roosevelt

  30. "Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little." Edmund Burke

  31. "Bee conservation isn’t just about saving the bees, it’s about saving our future." Author Unknown

  32. We must stop seeing the natural world as a commodity and start seeing it as we would see a family member, something to love, protect, care for, and cherish. Barry Babcock

  33. "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." Aldo Leopold

  34. "The frog does not drink up the pond in which it lives." Chinese Proverb

  35. "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." Aldo Leopold

  36. Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife, are in fact plans to protect man. Stewart L. Udall

  37. Let us find harmony between concrete and nature. Without harming earth, let us build green skyscrapers. Abhijit Naskar

  38. What we do on land is mirrored in the water
  39. "What we do on land is mirrored in the water…"
    Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority

  40. "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." Gandhi

  41. The most important environmental issue is one that is rarely mentioned, and that is the lack of a conservation ethic in our culture. Gaylord Nelson

  42. "Conservation means the wise use of the earth and its resources for the lasting good of men." Gifford Pinchot

  43. "What a country chooses to save is what a country chooses to say about itself." Mollie Beattie

  44. "Man shapes himself through decisions that shape his environment." Rene Dubos

  45. "Who will speak for Planet Earth?" Carl Sagan

  46. "Conservation is managing our natural resources, from the largest watershed,to the smallest ecosystem." Essex Region Conservation Authority

  47. "The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe, the less taste we shall have for destruction." Rachel Carson

  48. Wildness is the preservation of the world. Henry David Thoreau

  49. To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed. Theodore Roosevelt

  50. ... 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.” Rachel Carson M. R. O'Connor, Resurrection Science

  51. 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

  52. "Over the long haul of life on this planet, it is the ecologists, and not the bookkeepers of business, who are the ultimate accountants."
    Stewart Udall

  53. "Conservation initiatives raise public awareness about environmental issues, biodiversity conservation, and sustainable living practices to inspire action and foster a culture of stewardship."

  54. "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

  55. "If we do not permit the Earth to produce beauty and joy, it will in the end not produce food either." Joseph Woodkrutch

  56. Unless we practice conservation, those who come after us will have to pay the price of misery, degradation, and failure for the progress and prosperity of our day. Gifford Pinchot

  57. "To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival." Wendell Berry

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