Funny Earth Day Quotes

Convey a Serious Message in a Lighter Tone

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Discussing pollution, global warming, and a dying planet can be quite onerous. To impress the urgency of the situation, and yet make matters light, you need a dash of humor. Here are some funny Earth Day quotes to make your point clear. Not only do these quotes nail the issue, but also they can stir up the masses.

Today we need more hands to help us save Earth. We need to channel efforts right from the grassroot level. The powerful lobbies of wealthy industries need to be sensitized to the degradation of the environment that happens due to careless and wanton use of resources. Are we ready to clean up our act? If you think it is time to stir the hornet's nest, let us work towards saving our planet. Let humor pave the way for meaningful dialogue.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

"Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you're a thousand miles from the corn field."

Henry David Thoreau

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

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

Stephanie Mills

"Environmentalists have long been fond of saying that the sun is the only safe nuclear reactor, situated as it is some ninety-three million miles away."

Edward Abbey

"Our modern industrial economy takes a mountain covered with trees, lakes, and running streams and transforms it into a mountain of junk, garbage, slime pits, and debris."

Marshall McLuhan

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

Robert Orben

"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."

Bill Vaughn, The Portable Curmudgeon

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

Ralph Nader

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

Dave Barry

"Not all chemicals are bad. Without chemicals such as hydrogen and oxygen, for example, there would be no way to make water, a vital ingredient in beer."

Dan Quayle

"It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it."

Dave Foreman

"Our environmental problems originate in the hubris of imagining ourselves as the central nervous system or the brain of nature. We're not the brain, we are a cancer on nature."

George Carlin

Oh Beautiful for smoggy skies,
Insecticided grain,
For strip-mined mountain's majesty
Above the asphalt plain.
America, America,
Man sheds his waste on thee,
And hides the pines with billboard signs,
From sea to oily sea.