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Let the sharpest minds in sustainability and accomplished environmentalists inspire you on your journey to become more sustainable. These sustainability quotes will make you want to take action and share the importance of sustainability and caring for the environment with everyone you know.

Inspiring Quotes about Being Sustainable

Greta Thunberg

“The climate crisis has already been solved. We already have all the facts and solutions. All we have to do is to wake up and change.” —Greta Thunberg

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Rachel Carson

“But man is a part of nature, and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself.” — Rachel Carson

Margaret Mead

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” —Margaret Mead

Sylvia Earle

“Hold up a mirror and ask yourself what you are capable of doing, and what you really care about. Then take the initiative – don’t wait for someone else to ask you to act.” —Sylvia Earle

David Attenborough

“People must feel that the natural world is important and valuable and beautiful and wonderful and an amazement and a pleasure.” —David Attenborough

Jane Goodall

“If we all get together, we can truly make a difference, but we must act now. The window of time is closing.”  —Jane Goodall

Wendell Berry

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

Michael Pollan 

“Don’t eat anything incapable of rotting.”  —Michael Pollan


“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” —Gandhi

Shawn Heinrichs

“We can’t afford to keep making the same mistakes, because there’ll be nothing left.” —Shawn Heinrichs

Robert Swan

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it” —Robert Swan

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Kira Simpson

“Spend some time outdoors exploring where you live. When you love your home, you’ll fight harder to protect it.” – Kira Simpson

Yvon Chouinard

“Going back to a simpler life is not a step backward.”  — Yvon Chouinard

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Terri Swearingen

“We are living on this planet as if we had another one to go to.” – Terri Swearingen

Jonathon Porritt

“We’re never going to scare people into living more sustainably! We have to be able to demonstrate just how dynamic and aspirational such a world could be.”  – Jonathon Porritt

Sidney Sheldon

“Try to leave the earth a better place than when you arrived.” – Sidney Sheldon

Neil deGrasse Tyson

“I’m often asked whether I believe in global warming. I now just reply with the question: Do you believe in gravity?” – Neil deGrasse Tyson

Bill McKibeen

“Climate change is the single biggest thing that humans have ever done on this planet. The one thing that needs to be bigger is our movement to stop it.”– Bill McKibben

Peter Seeger

“If it can’t be reduced, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled or composted, then it should be restricted, redesigned or removed from production.” – Peter Seeger

Jennifer Nini

“What’s better than buying better? Not buying at all. But businesses won’t sell you that concept because it’s just not as profitable.” – Jennifer Nini

Leo Tolstoy

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” – Leo Tolstoy

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“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates

Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

Ed Begley Jr.

“When we destroy something created by man we call it vandalism, but when we destroy something by nature we call it progress.” – Ed Begley Jr.

Mother Theresa

“Live simply so others may simply live”. – Mother Theresa

Annie Leonard

“There is no such thing as ‘away’. When we throw anything away it must go somewhere.” – Annie Leonard

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David Suzuki

“If we want to move towards a low-polluting, sustainable society, we need to get consumers to think about their purchases.” – David Suzuki

Wangari Maathai

“Until you dig a hole, you plant a tree, you water it, and make it survive, you haven’t done a thing. You are just talking.” – Wangari Maathai

Albert Einstein

“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.” – Albert Einstein

Quotes about Sustainability To Inspire