Environmental Conservation Quotations: Best-Ever

by Dom Nozzi

The quotations found on this list represent what I believe are the best sayings I have ever come across in my academic studies in environmental science, my professional career as a town planner, and from my lifetime of readings.

Best Environmental Conservation Quotations Ever

It’s not the beer cans I mind, it’s the roads. – Edward Abbey

The world is being forced — not in 10 years but today — to choose between feeding people and feeding cars. — Ernest Callenbach

We have a military policy instead of an energy policy. — Barry Commoner

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.    – Charles Darwin

[Americans trying to convince Asians to conserve more is like a] nation of SUV drivers trying to tell a nation of bicyclists not to drive mopeds.  – Edward Glaeser, in his Triumph of the City, quoting a prominent economist

The future is a cruel hoax…I am terribly saddened by the fact that the most humane thing for me to do is to have no children at all. – Stephanie Mills

If it ever came to a war between the races, I would side with the bears. – John Muir

This earth is not willed to you by your ancestors. It is loaned to you by your children. – Hopi Proverb

If the earth was an apartment, we wouldn’t be getting our security deposit back. – Jim Shubert

Environmentalists should make good urbanists, since they understand systems, diversity, connectivity and interdependence. – Caryl Terrell

Whenever a culture faces a choice between fundamentally changing its behavior to survive, or not changing and becoming extinct, it always opts for extinction. — Unknown


I urge you to email me (dom@walkablestreets.com) or leave a comment if you have a suggested addition or subtraction from this list. Or if you have any other thoughts about this list.


Each list in this blog contains my own personal opinions based on my personal experiences. I acknowledge that there may be a need to add or subtract from these lists (or to create a new subject list), and I welcome such suggestions. The lists are not ordered from higher to lower quality. Each list is a work in progress.

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Urban designer, Complete Streets instructor, smart growth specialist, town planner, walkable & bikeable streets & trails specialist, writer, editor, speaker, world adventurer, skier, kayaker, SCUBA diver, bicyclist, hiker, dancer, book reader, urbanist. Make my own beer, wine, pasta, bread. Live by the motto that it is the things we do NOT do that we later regret. Life is too short to not live it to the fullest.
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