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.


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



  2. 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
    Water Quotes



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



  4. 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
    Experience Quotes



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



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



  7. "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
    Positive Quotes



  8. "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
    Poetry Quotes



  9. "Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land."
    Aldo Leopold
    Positive Poems



  10. "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
    Sustainability Quotes



  11. "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
    Love Quotes



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



  13. "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
    Defeat Quotes



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



  15. "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
    Thoughtful Quotes



  16. "What we do on land is mirrored in the water…"
    Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority
    Pollution Quotes



  17. "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
    Forest Quotes



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



  19. "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
    Poems about Life



  20. "What a country chooses to save is what a country chooses to say about itself."
    Mollie Beattie
    Choices Quotes



  21. "Man shapes himself through decisions that shape his environment."
    Rene Dubos
    Decision Quotes



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



  23. "Who will speak for Planet Earth?"
    Carl Sagan
    Earth Day Quotes



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



  25. "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
    Recycling Quotes



  26. ... 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
    Ladybug Poem



  27. 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



  28. 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
    Leadership Qualities



  29. "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
    Life Quotes



  30. "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
    Attitude Quotes



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



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


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