100+ Best Climate Change Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational climate change quotes will encourage growth in life, make you wiser and broaden your perspective.

Famous Climate Change Quotes

I started looking all over for vineyard sites. I studied the conditions that make the best pinots. In the New World, you have to find the great pieces of land. Cool climate counts, but distinctive soil matters more than anything. — Kevin Harvey

Have we failed to slow global warming pollution in part because climate and environmental activists have been too polite and well behaved? — Jeff Goodell

It is baffling, I must say, that in our modern world we have such blind trust in science and technology that we all accept what science tells us about everything – until, that is, it comes to climate science. — Prince Charles

I had hoped all of Congress would recognize that it is imperative for our health, economy, and national security that we address the effects of climate change before they get even worse. — Mark Pocan

I believe the earth’s climate is changing, but I think it’s changing for natural variation reasons and I think mankind has been adapting to climate as long as man has walked the earth. — Joe Barton

Those who deny human-caused climate change offer no compelling evidence to better explain the undeniable rise in atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases and global temperature. — Alan Lowenthal

Wind and other clean, renewable energy will help end our reliance on fossil fuels and combat the severe threat that climate change poses to humans and wildlife alike. — Frances Beinecke

I’m at one with Ed Miliband in saying that it’s important that people have the right to express their democratic voices and also their deep concerns about climate change because we have a planet in peril. — Douglas Alexander

Is it 10 years, 20, 50 before we reach that tipping point where climate change becomes irreversible? Nobody can know. There’s clearly a probability distribution. We need to ensure this planet, and we need to do it quickly. — Vinod Khosla

Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth… these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women’s empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all. — Ban Ki-moon

You’ve got to be a thermostat rather than a thermometer. A thermostat shapes the climate of opinion; a thermometer just reflects it. — Cornel West

Camp life is demanding, and even the simplest daily routine becomes a chore in a climate with 90 per cent humidity, not to mention the bugs. — Stefanie Powers

The global climate is a complex interactive system, with all kinds of nonlinear feedback loops. — Alex Shoumatoff

We have serious challenges regarding climate change, unsustainable use of natural resources, water scarcity, loss of biodiversity, forests and farmland. Not to mention the huge inequality still prevailing in several parts of the planet. — Guilherme Leal

It’s so interesting that when I finished ‘The X-Files’ in 2002, the – call it the political and cultural climate in America – was one of fear, and trust of government. Because we put ourselves in the hands of the authority who was going to protect us. And, you know, we gave up a lot of our liberties to Homeland Security, etc. — Chris Carter

We will never end poverty if we don’t tackle climate change. — Jim Yong Kim

As an explorer, I know firsthand there are many places in the ocean so full of life that they should be protected. Coral reefs and mangrove coastlines are stressed already by climate change and ocean acidification, and poor planning will just make their plight worse. — Philippe Cousteau, Jr.

What we lack is a good, strong business climate with lower taxes, fairer regulation. — Kevin Brady

I think there is a degree of speculation that is satisfied the climate is changing. — Ted Baillieu

I have often spoken about the importance of intentionality in philanthropy: that it has to stir the soul. This is true whether you are feeding the homeless, mentoring a child or working on climate change. — Charles Bronfman

I’m against unanswerable concentrations of power, whether that be government or private industry or religious figures – anybody who is not accountable to the larger social climate or society for the power they wield, that concerns me. I’m very pro-democracy. — Daniel Suarez

I believe that climate change represents one of the greatest threats to our national security and our planet. — Mark Pocan

Something happened during the 1980s – perhaps the political climate of that time – that caused me to ask how a people would become part of a system that oppresses their own people. — Edward P. Jones

Climate change is important to Malawi, but many people see alternative energy more as a means to skip the government and get electricity and power. Deforestation is a huge problem in Malawi, which only adds to the problem. People cut down trees because they have no power to run electric stoves, etc. So they use firewood. — William Kamkwamba

Climate change is not the fault of man. It’s Mother Nature’s way. And sucking greenhouse gases from the atmosphere is too limited a solution. We have to be prepared for fire or ice, for fry or freeze. We have to be prepared for change. — Howard Bloom

We are working with the communities in building institutional relationships with local governments and businesses to create ways to get value from the Amazonian area in order to keep the forest as the forest. This makes sense for us from the perspective of climate change and of poverty. — Guilherme Leal

At the Global Crop Diversity Trust, we work to conserve the diversity that will allow the adaptation and evolution of our agricultural crops in the context of climate change and other challenges. — Cary Fowler

Now an embryo may seem like some scientific or laboratory term, but in fact the embryo contains the unique information that defines a person. All you add is food and climate control, and some time, and the embryo becomes you or me. — Todd Akin

The main cause that I have attached my name to and am working diligently in is the issue of climate change. — Gloria Reuben

As Americans, we have traditionally been the optimists sporting the ‘can-do’ attitude. But when it comes to addressing climate adaptation and resiliency, we seem to be more ‘can’t do’ than ‘can-do.’ — Paul Tonko

Greenhouse gas pollution, through its contribution to global climate change, presents a significant threat to Americans health and to the environment upon which our economy and security depends. — Gina McCarthy

Society has to get a grip and put a tax on carbon. Of course, there is much that flows from that, and it is a complex situation. The small details of something such as climate change are political and social, and they are a lot about fairness and how we rebalance towards a fairer society. — Richard Rogers

Labor believes in sustainability. We believe in acting on climate change, not just talking about it. — Anthony Albanese

Solving climate change is a complex topic, but in a single crude brush-stroke, here is the solution: the price of carbon dioxide must be such that people stop burning coal without capture. — David J. C. MacKay

Belize has a tropical climate and is quite affordable and is developing a reputation as an inexpensive Hawaii. If you want to hide away someplace that is extremely low-key, Placencia is perfect. San Pedro is more touristy and modernized. — Kenneth Choi

On climate change, we often don’t fully appreciate that it is a problem. We think it is a problem waiting to happen. — Kofi Annan

Geological change usually takes thousands of years to happen but we are seeing the climate changing not just in our lifetimes but also year by year. — James Lovelock

I would point out that if you’re a believer in the Bible, one would have to say the Great Flood is an example of climate change and that certainly wasn’t because mankind had overdeveloped hydrocarbon energy. — Joe Barton

It turns out that there are swaths of habitat in the north of Siberia and Yukon that actually could house a mammoth. Remember, this was a highly plastic animal that lived over tremendous climate variation. — Hendrik Poinar

We can choose food that doesn’t lead to illnesses like diabetes and cancer. We can choose food that doesn’t contribute to water pollution and climate change. And we can choose food that keeps local economies vibrant and farmers on their land. — Frances Beinecke

Hollywood is the perfect conduit for the urgent message about climate change. We raise awareness all the time. We routinely take a film that nobody knows about and get 80 percent of the public to know about it in just 30 days. That’s called marketing. We need to harvest Hollywood for climate change awareness. — Marshall Herskovitz

Carbon pollution contributes to climate change, which causes temperatures to rise. Hotter temperatures mean more smog in the air, and breathing smog can inflame deep lung tissue. Repeated inflammation over time can permanently scar lung tissue, even in low concentrations. — Frances Beinecke

Nevada once again has shown double digit increases in tax revenue… Nevada continues to show economic stability with its desirable business climate and booming tourism sector. — Kenny Guinn

I hope climate science becomes the big thing. And then what I want is electrical engineers to solve the world’s energy problems, energy distribution problems. I want mechanical engineers to make better transportation systems. I want chemical engineers to develop better solar panels, and so on. — Bill Nye

Just tasking a team to be creative won’t get you to be innovative. It’s having a corporate climate that gives people the space to experiment and take risks. Only then can you truly sustain it. — Steve Brown

I like that conventions want me to appear and festivals want me to come speak because they like the climate I attract. It’s a good feeling. — Adam Green

If we brought the mammoth back to Siberia, maybe that would be good for the ecosystems that are changing because of climate change. — Hendrik Poinar

Even those who don’t believe in climate change believe we should develop renewable energy. Americans get it: it’s time. This is not controversial. It’s actually right in the wheelhouse of American business. — Marshall Herskovitz

For reasons we don’t have to get into, climate change has become an incredibly polarized issue in the United States. I think that is sad. My own personal view is that we’re in a planetary emergency such has not been seen in 600,000 years. — Marshall Herskovitz

Veganism is an answer for almost every problem facing the world in terms of hunger and climate change. — Sam Simon

Now is the time to show maximum responsibility. It is not the time to pay off old scores nor for sterile partisan recriminations. It is time to re-establish a climate of calmness and mutual respect. — Giorgio Napolitano

I meet so many that think population growth is a major problem in regard to climate change. But the number of children born per year in the world has stopped growing since 1990. The total number of children below 15 years of age in the world are now relatively stable around 2 billion. — Hans Rosling

In the years to come, the combination of climate change and population growth could have a devastating effect on the planet and, needless to say, on humanity. — Nathaniel Philbrick

The area of climate change has a dramatic impact on national security. — Leon Panetta

Our planet is warming due to pollution from human activities. And a warming climate increases the likelihood of extreme weather. — Gloria Reuben

No player can become accustomed to New York’s climate in August in a few days. The playing conditions, the courts in New York and France are very different. — Helen Wills Moody

I imagine Heaven would have very nice weather – perfect climate where you can wear a leather jacket or shorts and a sweater. — Hilary Rhoda

Some people call it global warming; some people call it climate change. What is the difference? — Frank Luntz

It is impossible to talk about slowing climate change without talking about reducing CO2 emissions. Equally, it is impossible to talk about adapting to climate change without considering how we will feed ourselves. And it is out of the question that we can adapt agriculture without conserving crop diversity. — Cary Fowler

Make no mistake: Tackling climate change is vital. But to see everything through the lens of short-term CO2 reductions, letting our obsession with carbon blind us to the bigger picture, is to court catastrophe. — Alex Steffen

In reality, climate change is actually the biggest thing that’s going on every single day. — Bill McKibben

If the movie had ended in Hollywood fashion, the Copenhagen climate conference in 2009 would have marked the culmination of the global fight to slow a changing climate. — Bill McKibben

At the simplest level, economics can better show us the consequences of our actions. Less simple are cases in which we don’t have the knowledge to predict the full consequences. Global warming and climate change are examples. — Edmund Phelps

Computer modelling for weather forecasting, and indeed for climate forecasting, has reached its limits. — Piers Corbyn

The Keystone XL pipeline is a threat to our nation. It would increase pollution and intensify climate change for generations to come. We must raise our voices and demand our leaders reject this dirty scheme. — Frances Beinecke

In 2007, I received a National Geographic Expeditions Council grant to go around the top of the world and talk to Arctic people about how they’ve been impacted by climate change. — Gretel Ehrlich

The mammoth was basically done in by climate change. The last ones survived on Wrangel Island, north of Chukotka, until 3,700 years ago. According to Eveny mythology, mammoths scooped up dirt with their tusks to form the first dry land. — Alex Shoumatoff

There’s no really rosy scenario ahead, where climate change just doesn’t happen, but I believe we don’t have the ethical right to throw our hands up in the air and say, ‘Game over.’ Whatever pathway we choose, our descendants will be dealing with that reality for centuries to come. — Alex Steffen

Years of drought and famine come and years of flood and famine come, and the climate is not changed with dance, libation or prayer. — John Wesley Powell

In the history of the world, all five mass extinctions have been accompanied by massive climate change, so we are facing an incredibly serious threat. In fact, we are technically in the sixth mass extinction right now, and it is the first mass extinction being attributed to humans. — Cameron Russell

So when you’re dealing with an existential threat like death or like climate change, if you see it as ‘we are all toast anyway,’ then denial is a pretty good way of coping. — Bob Inglis

Much as Cold War nuclear strategists could argue about winning a nuclear war by having more survivors, advocates of a Global Warming War might see the United States, Western Europe, or Russia as better able to ride out climate disruption and manipulation than, say, China or the countries of the Middle East. — Jamais Cascio

The staple of our Australian colonies, but more particularly of New South Wales, the climate and the soil of which are peculiarly suited to its production, – is fine wool. — Charles Sturt

Even if every major government were to slap huge taxes on carbon fuels – which is not going to happen – it wouldn’t do much to halt climate change any time soon. What it would do is cost us hundreds of billions – if not trillions – of dollars, because alternative energy technologies are not yet ready to take up the slack. — Bjorn Lomborg

I love shorts in the colder climates, because you can wear them with chunky sweaters and jackets. It’s cute and funky. — Rachel Bilson

Politicians or pundits can distort or cherry-pick climate science any way they want to try and gain temporary influence with the public. But any serious industrialist who’s facing ‘climate exposure’ – as it’s now called by money managers – cannot afford to engage in that sort of self-delusion. — Clive Thompson

Some global hazards are insidious. They stem from pressure on energy supplies, food, water and other natural resources. And they will be aggravated as the population rises to a projected nine billion by mid-century, and by the effects of climate change. An ‘ecological shock’ could irreversibly degrade our environment. — Martin Rees

Truly, we do live on a ‘water planet.’ For us, water is that critical issue that we need. It’s the most precious substance on the planet, and it links us to pretty much every environmental issue, including climate change, that we’re facing. — Philippe Cousteau, Jr.

Climate change is the Everest of all problems, the thorniest challenge facing humankind. — Lewis Gordon Pugh

The truth is an artist like me who doesn’t get the type of promotion that we see more commercial artists receive, and especially in this climate of the music business, you have to be creative about how you promote yourself. — Chrisette Michele

Once we start deliberately messing with the climate systems, we could inadvertently shift rainfall patterns (climate models have shown that rainfall in the Amazon might be particularly vulnerable), causing collapse of ecosystems, drought, famine, and more. — Jeff Goodell

Once, as an experiment, I travelled around the world with a single suit. Before I left, I went to a tailor in Savile Row and asked him to make me a suit that I could wear in any climate and which I could use as a tuxedo, a dinner jacket, a lounge suit and a blazer. — George Hamilton

People in all walks of life, and especially business, do not want to experience the collapse of cities like New York along with global finance and economy in chaos, but this is what business faces if we continue to attribute climate change to fossil fuels alone. — Allan Savory

Human-caused climate change threatens almost every aspect of human existence. — Alan Lowenthal

Yet, despite our many advances, our environment is still threatened by a range of problems, including global climate change, energy dependence on unsustainable fossil fuels, and loss of biodiversity. — Dan Lipinski

Being told about the effects of climate change is an appeal to our reason and to our desire to bring about change. But to see that Africans are the hardest hit by climate change, even though they generate almost no greenhouse gas, is a glaring injustice, which also triggers anger and outrage over those who seek to ignore it. — Sigmar Gabriel

In tough times, some of us see protecting the climate as a luxury, but that’s an outdated 20th-century worldview from a time when we thought industrialization was the end goal, waste was growth, and wealth meant a thick haze of air pollution. — Alex Steffen

I believe global warming and climate change are real threats to our planet. — Andrew Cuomo

In Beverly Hills, it’s very spoiled in terms of the quality of life. I think the climate and the space and the quality of life in Beverly Hills is exceptional. — Lisa Vanderpump

I was born in Brazil and grew up in the ’70s under a climate of political distress, and I was forced to learn to communicate in a very specific way – in a sort of a semiotic black market. You couldn’t really say what you wanted to say; you had to invent ways of doing it. You didn’t trust information very much. — Vik Muniz

The basic scientific conclusions on climate change are very robust and for good reason. The greenhouse effect is simple science: greenhouse gases trap heat, and humans are emitting ever more greenhouse gases. — Nicholas Stern

I think it’s wrong to compromise your values to fit in with the social climate in Washington, D.C. When it comes to spending, I’m not compromising. I don’t care who, what, when or where, I’m not compromising. — Ken Buck

Many of the issues we face in dealing with rapid climate change are well suited to an engineering mind. — Larry Brilliant

As is widely accepted, putting a price on carbon pollution is the lowest cost and most efficient way to tackle dangerous climate change. — Wayne Swan

I sort of feel that climate change will be solved by science. I just feel instinctively that we will find a way of saving ourselves. But I am less confident that we won’t destroy ourselves in other ways. — Richard Eyre

In my personal belief, the big problem with climate change is getting people to understand the magnitude and scale that we’re dealing with. If you buy a vehicle that gets 35 miles to the gallon, that means nothing; it’s not enough. We need to make changes across society and in every piece of the energy pie. — Marshall Herskovitz

Many climate change deniers would have you believe that addressing climate change is all pain and no gain. This is simply not true. We can tackle this challenge while improving our personal health and the health of our economy. These are not competing interests; they go hand in hand. — Paul Tonko

Would people cheat on climate science? Sure. Because all it is a model into which there are 2,000 variables, and if I want this outcome, I nudge that one up a little and down a little bit, and there you go. — Aubrey McClendon

We may achieve climate, but weather is thrust upon us. — O. Henry

The problem with climate change is that it’s quite complicated for the ordinary person to understand. — Lewis Gordon Pugh

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