I felt the need to put together quotes about climate change – that aren’t from white dudes. Too many lists are populated with long-dead men who benefited fully from the systems that perpetuate the climate crisis today.
So scroll through, feel inspired, and use the quotes about climate change to create an epic poster or banner for your next climate rally.
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“It is in our nature to want to fight for the health of the planet. This life is a gift, and it is our responsibility to respect and protect that which gives us life.”Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, youth director of Earth Guardians, author of We Rise: The Earth Guardians Guide to Building a Movement that Restores the Planet
“It is not an option but rather an obligation to speak out, all of us together, to demand changes. I do not imagine my life without my activism.”Betty Vasquez, land defender in Honduras
“Knowing that you love the earth changes you, activates you to defend and protect and celebrate. But when you feel that the earth loves you in return, that feeling transforms the relationship from a one-way street into a sacred bond.”Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
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“I cannot let this world be gone, and I cannot be a bystander because I’m afraid or I don’t want to talk about the truth or I don’t understand. In order to create change and make change for the people, we must unify.”Naelyn Pike, Chiricahua Apache youth activist
“There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring
“If we are really worried and concerned about ecology, we will take steps to eliminate the overcrowded, inhuman living conditions where a segment of the population is degraded, brutalized and compartmentalized… It will not be easy, but these are the pressing ecological issues that will have to be dealt with…”Terry Jones, scholar, quote from Black World May 1975
“We are called to assist the Earth to heal her wounds and in the process heal our own… Recognizing that sustainable development, democracy and peace are indivisible is an idea whose time has come.”Wangari Maathai, author of Unbowed, from her 2004 Nobel acceptance speech
“It is a civilizational wake-up call. A powerful message—spoken in the language of fires, floods, droughts, and extinctions – telling us that we need an entirely new economic model and a new way of sharing this planet.”Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate
“Figuring out how to keep our life support system running needs to be our number-one priority. Nothing is more important than finding a way to live together – justly, respectfully, sustainably, joyfully – on the only planet we can call home.”Annie Leonard, author of The Story of Stuff
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“A balance between sustainable ecology and sustainable human life, on the one hand, and the unfettered drive for profit, on the other, is just an oxymoron.”David Suzuki, author of From Naked Ape to Superspecies: Humanity and the Global Eco-Crisis
“We’re so distant from nature – we have to understand what it takes to actually grow food. And understand how ecosystems works and then demand better from people who grow food. Also policy makers. If they’re not supporting the people who grow your food, who make huge sacrifices to grow your food … then who will?”Yemi Amu, aquaponic farmer from an interview with MelaninASS
“The manner in which we’re allowed to steal from future generations, while commanding them not to do that to us, and rolling our eyes at anyone who is tediously PC enough to point that out. The conspicuous consumption of limited resources has yet to be accepted widely as a spiritual error, or even bad manners.”Barbara Kingsolver, author of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life