12 quotes for war on waste motivation

Some days you forget the reusable bags, the bartender won’t listen to your no straw plea and the coffee shop refuses reusable cups. On these days it feels like you’re fighting a losing battle against plastic. Moments of defeat are when it’s most important for the zero waste community to pick each other up; so we’ve put together these powerful quotes to keep you motivated in the battle of endurance against waste.

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”  -Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” -George Bernard Shaw

“I’m inviting you to step forward, to be seen, and to ask yourself… If not me, who? If not now, when?” -Emma Watson

“Don’t ever hear in your own head, ‘Who am I to say something.’ You are human. You are a person. You can 100% change the world.” -Emma Watson

“The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it.” -David Orr

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” -Barack Obama

“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” -Howard Zinn

“Refuse what you do not need; reduce what you do need; reuse what you consume; recycle what you cannot refuse, reduce, or reuse; and rot (compost) the rest.” -Bea Johnson

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” -Dr. Jane Goodall

“The Earth does not belong to us; we belong to the Earth.” -Marlee Matlin

“You can make history, or you will be vilified by it.” -Leonardo DiCaprio

“We have a responsibility- every one of us. What we actually do has a direct effect on the oceans and what the oceans do then reflects back on us. It is one world. And it is in our care.” -Sir David Attenborough

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