This Earth Day, on April 22, representatives from around the world will come together at the United Nations to sign the Paris Climate Agreement, which was adopted last December. This is expected to be the largest single-day signing in the history of international accords.

Climate change affects all of us, and it’s up to all of us to take action to ensure a healthy planet for generations to come. 

To learn more about the climate change agreement, read our blog, “Paris Climate Agreement 101: No Jargon, Just Facts.” And to get inspired to act on climate, read these 12 quotes. 

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children” – Native American Proverb 

“The earth is what we all have in common.” – Wendell Berry 

“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.” – Jane Goodall

“In a few decades, the relationship between the environment, resources and conflict may seem almost as obvious as the connection we see today between human rights, democracy and peace.” – Wangari Maathai 

“This is not a partisan debate; it is a human one. Clean air and water, and a livable climate are inalienable human rights. And solving this crisis is not a question of politics. It is our moral obligation.” – Leonardo DiCaprio 

“Even if you never have the chance to see or touch the ocean, the ocean touches you with every breath you take, every drop of water you drink, every bite you consume. Everyone, everywhere is inextricably connected to and utterly dependent upon the existence of the sea.” – Sylvia Earle

“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.” – Rachel Carson

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

“The good man is the friend of all living things.” – Gandhi

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” – John Muir

“Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” – Gro Harlem Brundtland

“While the problem can sometimes seem overwhelming, we can turn things around – but we must move beyond climate talk to climate action.” – Ted Turner 

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