List of Environmental Slogans, Sayings and Bumper Stickers

We all need a little inspiration from time to time. What better way to recharge your spirit then to read the words of famous environmentalists and social thinkers? Here’s a list of environmental quotes, popular environmental slogans and even environmental bumper stickers that will give you some food for thought.

Environmental Slogans
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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

Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit. – Edward Abbey

I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. – E.B. White

The most alarming of all man’s assaults upon the environment is the contamination of air, earth, rivers, and sea with dangerous and even lethal materials. This pollution is for the most part irrecoverable; the chain of evil it initiates not only in the world that must support life but in living tissues is for the most part irreversible. In this now universal contamination of the environment, chemicals are the sinister and little-recognized partners of radiation in changing the very nature of the world – the very nature of its life. – Rachel Carson

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

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

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. – John Muir

We sometimes emphasize the danger in a crisis without focusing on the opportunities that are there. We should feel a great sense of urgency because it is the most dangerous crisis we have ever faced, by far. But it also provides us with opportunities to do a lot of things we ought to be doing for other reasons anyway. And to solve this crisis we can develop a shared sense of moral purpose. – Al Gore

I can remember when the air was clean and sex was dirty. – George Burns

The old Lakota was wise. He knew that man’s heart away from nature becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans too. – Chief Luther Standing Bear

I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend? – Robert Redford

We abuse 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

In wilderness is the preservation of the world. – Henry David Thoreau

The earth does not belong to us. We belong to the earth. – Chief Seattle

We won’t have a society if we destroy the environment. – Margaret Mead

Live simply so that others may simply live. – Mahatma Gandhi

If you poison the environment, the environment will poison you. – Tony Follari

The greatest danger to our future is apathy. – Jane Goodall

We never know the worth of water until the well is dry. – Thomas Fuller

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. – Native American proverb, origin unknown

There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew. – Marshall McLuhan

It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment. – Ansel Adams

Stop throwing things away. There is no ‘away.’

Tree-hugging dirt-worshipper

Conservation: It means the world to me

Biodiesel: No war required

May the forest be with you

Extinct is forever

One less SUV

Save the planet… Save ourselves

There is no Earth 2.0

There is no Planet B

Will work for trees

PDE: Public Displays of Environmentalism

A culture is only as healthy as it woods.

There’s no place like home

Burn fat not gas

What will your children breathe?

Kick the CO2 habit

Ignore it and it will go away

For more quotes, check out A Dictionary of Environmental Quotations. Environmentally-themed t-shirts and bumper stickers can be found at

Did we miss any funny ones, thought provoking ones, or just plain weird ones? Leave a comment and let us know!