Earth Day is a day to celebrate and appreciate the planet we call home. It is celebrated on April 22 and is an opportunity to recognize our shared responsibility for protecting and preserving our environment, for ourselves and future generations.
On Earth Day, we can reflect on the beauty of nature, learn about how human activities are affecting it, and take action to protect it. In fact, everyday should be an Earth Day , with each of us doing what we can to reduce our environmental footprint and make the world a better place. By working together, we can all help build a more sustainable future and keep our planet healthy for generations to come.
As wildlife biologist Aldo Leopold said, “we shall never achieve harmony with the land, anymore than we shall achieve absolute justice or liberty for people. In these higher aspirations the important thing is not to achieve but to strive.”
Sylvia Plath also understood the importance of the environment to our well-being, when she said, “I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy.’”
We can also be inspired by wise words from environmentalists like Mahatma Gandhi, Leo Tolstoy, David Attenborough, Wendell Berry and many others who have spoken out against environmental destruction. Through their words we can understand that taking care of the earth is essential if we want to create a better world for all living things.
In this post, I share with you some of the inspiring Earth Day quotes. Use them to inspire your own efforts to protect our planet, and always remember that “the earth does not belong to us; we belong to the earth.” ― Chief Seattle.
Here are 23 inspiring Earth Day quotes:
1. “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.”—Mahatma Gandhi, lawyer, ethicist
2. “One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between man and nature shall not be broken.” —Leo Tolstoy
3. “I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy.’”—Sylvia Plath, poet
4. “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, historian
5. “The Earth is what we all have in common.”—Wendell Berry, novelist
6. “And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.”—Kahlil Gibran, writer
7. “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
8. “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”—Albert Einstein, physicist
9. “Time spent among trees is never time wasted.”—Katrina Mayer, writer
10. “He that plants trees loves others besides himself.”—Thomas Fuller
11. “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
12. “Earth Day should encourage us to reflect on what we are doing to make our planet a more sustainable and livable place.”—Scott Peters, Congressman
13. “Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.”—Jimmy Carter
14. “I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use.” —Mother Teresa
15. “The Earth is what we all have in common.”—Wendell Berry
16. “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
17. “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
18. “Time spent among trees is never time wasted.” —Anonymous
19. “The ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.”—Gaylord Nelson
20. “Away, away, from men and towns,
To the wild wood and the downs, —
21. “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 difference you want to make.” —Jane
22. “Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty.”—John Ruskin
23. “The proper use of science is not to conquer nature but to live in it.”—Barry Commoner
To conclude, let us remember that Earth Day is an opportunity to remind ourselves of our responsibility to care for and protect the environment. Together we can make sure that this planet remains a place where future generations can enjoy its beauty. Let’s all work together to make a difference!