From irregular seasons to rising sea levels, the evidence of climate change surrounds us. It’s normal for the Earth’s climate to change due to the slow shifts in its orbit. This should be a natural cycle that occurs almost imperceptibly. However, in recent times, human activities have given climate change a huge shove off its natural path. Wondering what others have to say about this growing issue? Here are 82 climate change quotes to consider.
Our biggest contribution to climate change is the use of fossil fuels to power machines and generate electricity. The process of extracting these fuels includes mining, drilling, and the use of explosives. These activities contribute to land degradation, ocean acidification, and air pollution. The problem does not end there.
By refining, transporting, and using fossil fuels/fossil fuel products, we emit an unnecessary amount of carbon into the atmosphere. Carbon, which is a greenhouse gas, is largely responsible for global warming and other effects of climate change.
We can slow down climate change and its consequences if we collectively rethink our consumption practices. Globally, we should all be working towards reducing our footprints on the earth and its resources.
82 Climate Change Quotes
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After graduating from Yale University in 1966 with a major in political science, John Forbes Kerry enlisted in the Naval Reserve. There, he served four months in the Vietnam War. After the war, the Navy awarded Kerry several medals, including 3 Purple Heart Medals. Kerry went on to become a U.S Senator and served as the 68th United States Secretary of State until 2017.
Among his notable accomplishments is Kerry’s contribution to the fight against global warming. He publicly pushes for public and government action against climate change. In 2019, Kerry founded World War Zero, an American coalition to fight climate change.
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Quite the decorated musician and record producer, Brian Eno has worked with the likes of U2 and Coldplay. He studied at the Art School of Ipswich Civic College and Winchester School of Art. In 1996 Eno, along with others, started a foundation to educate the public on the long-term future of society.
Eno is a trustee for ClientEarth, a charity of environmental lawyers who work to protect the earth and its inhabitants. Eno also speaks publicly about climate change and our collective need for better practices. With this climate change quote, he reminds other artists that they can also use their platforms to promote these important messages.
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Ted Danson is an American actor who made his big career break as Sam Malone in the award-winning sitcom, Cheers (amazon). He has since also appeared in countless other shows and sitcoms such as CSI and The Good Place (both on amazon).
Apart from his work on set, Danson has also written a book, Oceana (amazon), on the issue of ocean conservation. He speaks on how we can save our oceans and protests climate change loudly. The Police once arrested Danson for his activism at a climate change rally. Danson’s fight for the environment is inspiring.
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Elon Musk is the name synonymous with Tesla and SpaceX. He is a South Africa born engineer, industrial designer and technology entrepreneur. In 2018, Forbes named Musk as one of The World’s Most Powerful People. Musk founded Tesla and its subsidiary, SolarCity, to offer alternative energy options for automobiles and electricity generation.
Musk has been involved in numerous philanthropic endeavours with the aim of reducing global warming through sustainable energy. SolarCity is currently the second-largest solar energy provider in America.
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Jens Martin Skibsted is a Danish bicycle designer, author and entrepreneur. He sits on the board of various councils including the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization.
Skibsted actively writes articles for the World Economic Forum on issues such as carbon emissions from air travel. With this climate change quote, he calls for better access to solutions already created and proven to mitigate the climate crisis.
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Considered as a national treasure, Sir David Attenborough is the voice we hear when we listen to Planet Earth or The Blue Planet (both on amazon). He is an English broadcaster and natural historian. Sir Attenborough obtained a degree in natural sciences from Clare College in Cambridge.
Sir Attenborough has hosted and narrated over 90 documentaries including the hugely impactful Blue Planet II where he spoke of our harm to climate change and our oceans. The aim of these documentaries is to shine a light on the natural beauty of our planet. He actively supports environmental causes and has been outspoken about the negative impact humanity has on the natural world.
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Also known as Little Steven or Miami Steve, Steven van Zandt formed part of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street band. His career as an activist started when he created a group named Artists United Against Apartheid. Steven and some other celebrity musicians created an album to raise awareness of South Africa’s racist policy of apartheid. Other activism efforts include a charity single dedicated to saving the rainforest.
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The Honourable James Buchan is a Scottish novelist and historian. He studied Persian studies at Oxford University and worked for 12 years as a foreign correspondent for the Financial Times. Buchan has written several articles for The Guardian around the issue of nuclear fission and the long-lasting effects on our planet.
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Former U.S. President Barack Obama was the first African-American to head the Harvard Law Review. Obama became a civil rights attorney and later a U.S Senator. During his two terms in office as the president, he passed bills including the Affordable Care Act and the Job Creation Act. Notably were his regulations on power plants and factories to curb global warming by limiting greenhouse gas emissions.
Even after his term as president, Obama still speaks on the climate change crisis and our time window to act before it is too late.
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Joanna Lumley is a British actress, former model and activist. Lumley protests against trophy hunting and fights to protect wildlife. She is the public face of the Gurkha Justice Campaign, aimed at providing Nepalese origin Gurkha veterans with the right to settle in Britain.
Joanna is also a supporter and narrator for a documentary by Survival International which fights for the indigenous rights of a tribe in India. Apart from these activities, Joanna is a patron of numerous other charities.
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Richard Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller was an American systems theorist, architect, designer and futurist. Harvard University expelled Fuller twice, but he was later elected as an honorary member by Phi Beta Kappa.
Bucky’s lifelong interest was to use technology in order to improve housing and make it inexpensive. Fuller also contributed to several workshops and designs that would help people better understand, benefit and utilize the earth’s limited resources.
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Seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan was born in Ghana. He studied at various international institutions including Graduate Institute Geneva and MIT. Kofi Annan received a Nobel Peace Prize in 2001 alongside the UN for their work for a better and more peaceful world.
Annan in his capacity as Secretary-General supported several climate change causes around the world. In an interview (the source of this climate change quote), Annan was calling out the people and groups who choose to stand on their doubt to protect personal gain and income.
In the words of the former President of the U.S, “We can still act now and it won’t be too late”. Human activities are responsible for the accelerated climate change we’re experiencing. And with the right mindset, policies, and actions, human activities can also reverse these effects.
Collective action is essential to manage climate change. If we all support our planet, it will continue to support us.
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