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10 Quotes on Sustainability and Americas National Parks

Half Dome at Yosemite

Unfortunately, there is a lot going on in the world right now, and the need to spread awareness for the protection of our National Parks has become vital. Recently, two of Americas National Monuments were drastically cut in size, and there is talk that it isn’t the end of it. I am obsessed with the National Parks and I want them to be there for my kids, and their kids, and so on. Today, I’m going to share some wise quotes from wise people! I hope you enjoy this collection of 10 quotes about sustainability and Americas National Parks.

10 Quotes on Sustainability and the protection of Americas National Parks

1. “We have become great because of the lavish use of our resources. But the time has come to inquire seriously what will happen when our forests are gone, when the coal, the iron, the oil, and the gas are exhausted, when the soils have still further impoverished and washed into the streams, polluting the rivers, denuding the fields and obstructing navigation.”
– Teddy Roosevelt

2. “I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use the natural resources of our land; but I do not recognize the right to waste them, or to rob, by wasteful use, the generations that come after us.”
– Teddy Roosevelt

3. “Of all the questions which can come before this nation, short of the actual preservation of its existence in a great war, there is none which compares in importance with the great central task of leaving this land even a better land for our descendants than it is for us.”
– Teddy Roosevelt

4. “it is also vandalism wantonly to destroy or to permit the destruction of what is beautiful in nature, whether it be a cliff, a forest, or a species of mammal or bird. Here in the United States we turn our rivers and streams into sewers and dumping-grounds, we pollute the air, we destroy forests, and exterminate fishes, birds and mammals — not to speak of vulgarizing charming landscapes with hideous advertisements. But at last it looks as if our people were awakening.”
– Teddy Roosevelt

5. “A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to the people.
– Franklin D. Roosevelt

Balanced Rock, Arches National Park

Arches National Park

6. “It is not what we have that will make us a great nation; it is the way in which we use it.”

– Franklin D. Roosevelt

7. “There is nothing so American as our national parks…. The fundamental idea behind the parks…is that the country belongs to the people, that it is in process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us.”

– Edwin C. Bearss

8. “As we Americans celebrate our diversity, so we must affirm our unity if we are to remain the ‘one nation’ to which we pledge allegiance. Such great national symbols and meccas as the Liberty Bell, the battlefields on which our independence was won and our union preserved, the Lincoln Memorial, the Statue of Liberty, the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, and numerous other treasures of our national park system belong to all of us, both legally and spiritually. These tangible evidences of our cultural and natural heritage help make us all Americans.”
– J. Horace McFarland

9. “The parks are the Nation’s pleasure grounds and the Nation’s restoring places…. The national parks…are an American idea; it is one thing we have that has not been imported.”
– J. Horace McFarland

10. “It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.”
– Ansel Adams

ZIon National Park

Zion National Park

Please, do your best to take care of our world! We are all in this together. Also, if you feel the urge, stand up and help protect our parks! There are a lot of organizations doing great things to spread awareness, REI and Patagonia are two excellent resources to find ways to help. Our future generations will thank you for it!

A couple small bonuses for you –> Here are 20 fun facts about the National Parks and for a complete list of free days to visit the parks in 2018 Click here.

Much Love and Happy Travels!


smoky Mountains

Great Smoky Mountain National Park

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  • Reply Bay Mehl

    Number 5 is my favorite! “A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to the people.
    – Franklin D. Roosevelt

    So sad! I hope someone in the White House gains some sense, or whoever succeeds them is much more environmentally minded!

    January 5, 2018 at 1:56 am
    • Reply Minnesotayogini

      I completely agree! I don’t see how people can overlook the future of the planet! Hoping for better things!

      January 6, 2018 at 5:09 pm

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