The natural world is a beautiful source of inspiration, yet it is in danger of disappearing thanks to global climate change. Saving the environment is everyone’s responsibility, so we need to get ourselves motivated to do something today, rather than tomorrow.
Here are 10 powerful quotes on life, nature, and the environment to help inspire you to improve your own life to in turn save the planet!
Quotes on Life, Nature and Environment
“When all the world appears to be in a tumult, and nature itself is feeling the assault of climate change,the seasons retain their essential rhythm. Yes, fall gives us a premonition of winter, but then, winter, will be forced to relent, once again, to the new beginnings of soft greens, longer light, and the sweet air of spring.” – Madeleine M Kunin
Nature, as this quote so elegantly shows, is the unending order and rhythm of the world. Even when we cause constant damage to the environment, the seasons still come and go. Surely it’s better to move with the world, rather than to push against it?
“If we were to wipe out insects alone on this planet, the rest of life and humanity with it would mostly disappear from the land. Within a few months.” – E.O Wilson
A leading insect expert – few people understand the power of ants and other bugs like E.O Wilson. This quote, like many given by the biologist, clearly show the relationship we have with the environment. We are not removed from the natural world, we still depend on ants, bees and other insects to sustain us. With this in mind, many of our industrial acts seem dangerous in the long run, and the threat to nature becomes something even greater.
“Environmental pollution is an incurable disease. It can only be prevented.” – Barry Commoner
This powerful quote from biologist Bill Commoner gets to one of the most important issues with the environment. Not everything can be simply undone. When we lose vital species or landscapes, those natural treasures are gone forever. As a people, this should be all the reason to act now. Surely it is better to prevent further damage, rather than waiting until after it has happened?
“If we do not permit the earth to produce beauty and joy, it will in the end not produce food, either.” -Joseph Wood Krutch
A short but powerful sentiment, Joseph Wood Krutch summarises our effects on the natural world. The more we tear down and destroy, the less the land has to offer us in response. It’s better to act now, while there is still plenty to save, so that we have space to grow food, land to farm and a natural world to still protect.
“It seems to me like Mother Nature’s mercy and forgiveness have run dry, as we ceaselessly abuse her and take her for granted in order for us to continue our addiction to using fossil fuels. I've gotta say, I don’t blame her. Not one bit.” – Gloria Reuben
If we destroy nature, we should not be surprised when it’s abundant bounty runs out. For nature to be sustainable, it needs to be treated with respect and appreciation. At the very least, we should not be surprised by the changes occurring to the planet and its climate. The sooner we realize these changes are connected to our abuse of natural resources, the sooner we can aim to stop any further damage.
“Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.” – Henry David Thoreau
To support nature, as author, poet and philosopher Henry David Thoreau believes, is to support life itself. After all, destroying nature offers us no benefits, so we should all be fighting to preserve it.
“On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it.” – Jules Renard
As this French author argues, there are small pieces of heaven to be found in the world. Many people appreciate nature as a source of inspiration and spiritual harmony, yet the remaining pieces are still in danger of disappearing or being destroyed.
“Every time I have some moment on a seashore, or in the mountains, or sometimes in a quiet forest, I think this is why the environment has to be preserved.” – Bill Bradley
This simple quote sums up just why the nature is worth protecting? If you’ve ever experienced the natural environment, then it’s hard not to appreciate how precious the world is. If you live in a city, it can be quite difficult to feel connected to nature. Perhaps a walk in the countryside can help reconnect you?
“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don’t hurt them.” – Dalai Lama
This quote from the Dalai Lama perfectly captures the right frame of mind. We should do what we can to help the natural world but, even when we can’t, we should take actions to avoid hurting it instead. Do you want to live a life that aimed to help, or lead one that harms the environment? Now is the ideal time to decide who you want to be and take steps to achieve it.
“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.” – Franklin D Roosevelt
There are many presidents and world leaders that appreciate the importance of nature, but few put it as simply as Franklin D Roosevelt did. Hurting the earth is hurting the very land we stand on, as well as hurting others as well.
Hopefully, these quotes should help motivate and inspire you to do your part. It doesn’t matter how big or small any effort is – what’s important is that you do something!
Tim Sparke is the CEO at 4 Pumps and for several years, he has been an active advocate of organic farming and sustainability. He also has a passion for writing and he writes the blog at 4 Pumps.
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