Living in a sustainable environment is something that the entire world should strive for. At times becomes difficult for some of us because of the fast paced lives we live. This is why it becomes important to seek guidance and words of encouragement from others.
Below you will find 10 quotes on sustainability that will open your eyes to a new way of looking at the environment that you live in. We also break down what these quotes mean to us. It is always important to keep the well being of the earth in mind for future generations to come.
“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”
–Robert Swan, Author
It is important to take action for yourself when it comes to the planet we live on. Nobody can save your planet besides us. We should not just sit back and ignore the dangers of climate change, everyone can individually do their part against global warming.
“We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.”
–Thomas Fuller, Historian
It may seem like we have an endless supply of natural resources but if we don’t conserve them, we will run out. Places in Africa are currently running so low on water that they need to limit their usage. We take it for granted because we believe it is endless, but we should be stingy with it.
“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
This goes hand in hand with the notion that one ever knows what they truly had until it’s gone. Some people think that money is the solution to everything but when it comes to natural resources if we destroy them they won’t come back and money won’t bring them back.
“Consuming less means throwing away less, while reusing things actually helps to save the planet as well as the pennies.”
Try to re use as many things as you can like plastic water bottles and bags, as well as newspapers and magazines. This will help the planet and help your pockets. Plenty of things can be reused, you just have to be a little creative.
“We are living on this planet as if we had another one to go to.”
–Terry Swearingen, Nurse & Winner of Goldman Environmental Prize in 1997
This is the only planet that we have as of now, so lets act like it. We need to stop abusing our Earth and the beautiful nature that we are surrounded by. We have to take care of our home.
“If you’re not buying recycled products, you’re not really recycling.”
–Ed Begley, Jr.
Try and use recycled products to really make that extra effort to have an impact on saving the environment. There are even companies that are making products solely out of recycled materials. This is a great way to promote sustainability.
“Listen up, you couch potatoes: each recycled beer can saves enough electricity to run a television for three hours.”
Something as simple as recycling a 6 pack of beer can run your television for nearly an entire day. You don’t have to do anything extra.
“There is no such thing as “away”. When we throw anything away it must go somewhere.”
-Annie Leonard, The Story of STUFF Project
We have to keep in mind that our trash doesn’t disappear when the garbage trucks take them away. Our landfills are overflowing with waste and we are oblivious to it. Instead of having it rot away sitting in a landfill, this should be utilized in beneficial ways like recycled products or to produce energy.
“Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.”
We need to keep our water and air clean. We breathe our air and need water to survive, we cannot have it contaminated. How else our are we going to survive?
“Energy consumption matters both to our environment and our economy.”
Saving energy saves our environment from depleting in natural resources as well as saves our pockets from emptiness. Once renewable energy can be installed on a large scale, we will see significant improvements in our efficiency while saving money.
It is our mission to keep this Earth safe for future generations to come. We must pay attention to where our waste is going and try to reuse as much as possible. Being sustainable goes a long way and says you money in the long run. Recycling should not be something we do temporarily but should be a lifestyle for us all. Hopefully these quotes have inspired you to challenge yourself and do more than you already do to help the environment. How have you contributed to making the Earth more sustainable? Was there anything stated above that you were not aware of? Any other quotes that you can think of? Share them with us!