55 Environmentally Friendly Quotes to Celebrate Earth Day

Observed every year on April 22nd, Earth Day is a worldwide celebration in honor of our Mother Earth! This week-long event is to help raise awareness and inspire others to do their part in saving the planet. On Earth Day there is global encouragement for reduced energy use like turning off any unnecessary light sources.

Earth is the special place we all call home; thus making it of the utmost importance to do what we can now.

Earth Day Quotes

Here are 55 inspiring Earth Day Quotes in honor of the planet and the world in which we live.

1. “It is our collective and individual responsibility to protect and nurture the global family, to support its weaker members and to preserve and tend to the environment in which we all live.” — Dalai Lama

2. “Every New Yorker has the right to clean air, safe drinking water, and healthy communities to raise their children – and you can rest assured that I will aggressively protect that right, not just on Earth Day, but every day.” — Eric Schneiderman

3. “The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.” — Lady Bird Johnson

4. “As cheesy as it sounds, truly every day is Earth Day.” — Ashlan Gorse Cousteau

5. “There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet.” — Brooke Medicine Eagle

6. “A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.” — John James Audubon

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

8. “He that plants trees loves others beside himself.” — Thomas Fuller

9. “Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” — John Muir

10. “Every day is Earth Day, and I vote we start investing in a secure climate future right now.” — Jackie Speier

11. “Earth Day should encourage us to reflect on what we are doing to make our planet a more sustainable and livable place.” — Scott Peters

12. “Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the Earth.” — Henry David Thoreau

13. “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” — George Bernard Shaw

14. “If we are ever to halt climate change and conserve land, water and other resources, not to mention reduce animal suffering, we must celebrate Earth Day every day – at every meal.” — Ingrid Newkirk

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15. “We need the tonic of wildness—to wade sometimes in marshes where the bittern and the meadow-hen lurk, and hear the booming of the snipe; to smell the whispering sedge where only some wilder and more solitary fowl builds her nest, and the mink crawls with its belly close to the ground.” — Henry David Thoreau

16. “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

17. “For 200 years we’ve been conquering nature. Now we’re beating it to death.” — Tom McMillan

18. “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” — John Muir

19. “Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.” — Jimmy Carter

20. “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” — Native American Proverb

21. “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” — Albert Einstein

22. “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make.” — Jane Goodall

23. “Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.” — Henry David Thoreau

24. “The good man is the friend of all living things.” — Mahatma Gandhi

25. “Environmentally friendly cars will soon cease to be an option … they will become a necessity.” — Fujio Cho

26. “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.” — Mahatma Gandhi

27. “An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfillment.” — David Attenborough

28. “The Earth is a fine place and worth fighting for.” — Ernest Hemingway

29. “I really wonder what gives us the right to wreck this poor planet of ours.” — Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

30.“It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.” — David Attenborough

31. “Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.” — Cree Indian Proverb

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32. “There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew.” — Marshall McLuhan

33. “Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.” — Theodore Roosevelt

34. “What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?” — Henry David Thoreau

35. “Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet, and the winds long to play with your hair.” — Kahlil Gibran

36. “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

37. “There’s so much pollution in the air now that if it weren’t for our lungs there’d be no place to put it all.” — Robert Orben

38. “Man must feel the earth to know himself and recognize his values…. God made life simple. It is man who complicates it.” — Charles A. Lindbergh

39. “Nature never hurries: atom by atom, little by little, she achieves her work. The lesson one learns from yachting or planting is the manners of Nature; patience with the delays of wind and sun, delays of the seasons, bad weather, excess or lack of water.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

40. “When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.” — Benjamin Franklin

41. “And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.” — William Shakespeare

42. “Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together … all things connect.” — Chief Seattle

43. “I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use.” — Mother Teresa

44. “Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” — Rachel Carson

45. “Environmentally friendly cars will soon cease to be an option…they will become a necessity.” — Fujio Cho, President of Toyota Motors

46. “We have forgotten how to be good guests, how to walk lightly on the earth as its other creatures do.” — Barbara Ward

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47. “Man is still the greatest miracle and the greatest problem on this earth.” — David Sarnoff

48. “There is a pleasure in the pathless woods. There is a rapture on the lonely shore. There is society, where none intrudes by the deep sea, and music in its roar. I love not man the less, but nature more.” — Lord Byron

49. “One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between man and nature shall not be broken.” — Leo Tolstoy

50. “Away, away, from men and towns, To the wild wood and the downs, — To the silent wilderness, Where the soul need not repress its music.” — Percy Bysshe Shelley

51. “Trees are Earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.” — Rabindranath Tagore

52. “Until a man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge. Remedies from chemicals will never stand in favorable comparison with the products of nature, the living cell of a plant, the final result of the rays of the sun, the mother of all life.” — Thomas Edison

53. “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” — John Muir

54.”Earth laughs in flowers.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

55. “Earth rejoices our words, breathing and peaceful steps. Let every breath, every word and every step make the mother earth proud of us.” — Amit Ray

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Happy Earth Day Video

This is a really fun compilation of Earth Day materials. It’s intended for kids, but it’s truly fun for anyone at any age to watch. Give it a watch…


It’s up to each, and every one of us to treat Mother Earth with the respect she deserves. Whether recycling or cleaning up trash in your local park, the smallest things can make the biggest impact. So, when April 22nd rolls around again, go over these Earth Day Quotes before starting your day!

Also see Greta Thunberg’s Quotes about the Environment

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