43 Inspiring Earth Day Messages

Earth Day was established in 1970 by Gaylord Nelson to help raise awareness about environmental issues plaguing the environment. Some of the top causes were to fight against oil spills, power plants, pesticides, and loss of wilderness. To celebrate Earth Day and help to spread the message of environmental awareness and safe ways to serve nature around you, the following Earth Day messages would be perfect sentiments to share.

A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.

And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.

As crude a weapon as the cave man’s club, the chemical barrage has been hurled against the fabric of life.

As we grow older we should become not less radical but more so.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.

Every day is Earth Day.

Fall is my favorite season in Los Angeles, watching the birds change color and fall from the trees.

For 200 years we’ve been conquering nature. Now we’re beating it to death.

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet, and the winds long to play with your hair.

He that plants trees loves others beside himself.

Humanity is on the march, earth itself is left behind.

I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.

I conceive that the land belongs to a vast family of which many are dead, few are living, and countless numbers are still unborn.

I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.

I’m not an environmentalist. I’m an Earth warrior.

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.

In wilderness is the preservation of the world.

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.

Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtfully committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

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.

Strange is our situation here upon earth.

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.

Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.

The Earth has a skin and that skin has diseases, one of its diseases is called man.

The earth is what we all have in common.

The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.

The proper use of science is not to conquer nature but to live in it.

The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun.

The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats and biodiversity… that’s all there is. That’s the whole economy. That’s where all the economic activity and jobs come from. These biological systems are the sustaining wealth of the world.

There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew.

There is a great need for the introduction of new values in our society, where bigger is not necessarily better, where slower can be faster, and where less can be more.

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.

There would be very little point in my exhausting myself and other conservationist themselves in trying to protect animals and habitats if we weren’t at the same time raising young people to be better stewards.

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.

Till now man has been up against Nature; from now on he will be up against his own nature.

To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour.

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.

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.

We have met the enemy and he is us.

What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.

Why should I care about future generations? What have they ever done for me?

The following infographic provides a listing of ways to help make small changes towards a better environmental future. More than 40 million environmental service actions are underway as of 2010 ranging from tree planting initiatives to improving community environments.

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