brown and black butterflies on green leavesPhoto Credit: Europeana

68 Important Quotes About Biodiversity

Welcome to our curated collection of quotes on biodiversity. If you know of any good biological diversity quotes that we are missing, please let us know. We hope you enjoy them -- please share widely and please link back to us.
Quote: Look closely at nature. Every species is a masterpiece, exquisitely adapted to the particular environment in which it has survived. Who are we to destroy or even diminish biodiversity? by author Edward O. Wilson overlaid on photo of man in black tank top standing near tree under starry night
Photo Credit: Chinh Le Duc

Look closely at nature. Every species is a masterpiece, exquisitely adapted to the particular environment in which it has survived. Who are we to destroy or even diminish biodiversity?


Quote: There is the sky, which is all men's together. by author Euripides overlaid on photo of sunset forest
Photo Credit: DiscoverQuotes Staff

There is the sky, which is all men's together.


Quote: The value of biodiversity is that it makes our ecosystems more resilient, which is a prerequisite for stable societies; its wanton destruction is akin to setting fire to our lifeboat. by author Johan Rockstrom overlaid on photo of yellow pen
Photo Credit: Kelly Sikkema

The value of biodiversity is that it makes our ecosystems more resilient, which is a prerequisite for stable societies; its wanton destruction is akin to setting fire to our lifeboat.


Quote: It is that range of biodiversity that we must care for -- the whole thing -- rather than just one or two stars. by author David Attenborough overlaid on photo of green trees under white clouds
Photo Credit: Conscious Design

It is that range of biodiversity that we must care for -- the whole thing -- rather than just one or two stars.


Quote: Collective human actions are transforming, even ravaging, the biosphere -- perhaps irreversibly -- through global warming and loss of biodiversity. by author Martin Rees overlaid on photo of brown and white humming bird
Photo Credit: Steve Harvey

Collective human actions are transforming, even ravaging, the biosphere -- perhaps irreversibly -- through global warming and loss of biodiversity.




Quote: Biodiversity is fun, fascinating, functional, and fortunate.  But foremost, it is fundamental to our species' and our planet's health and prosperity. by author D. Pariz overlaid on photo of aerial photography of trees on mountain
Photo Credit: Spencer Watson

Biodiversity is fun, fascinating, functional, and fortunate. But foremost, it is fundamental to our species' and our planet's health and prosperity.


Quote: We need to act now. Otherwise the biodiversity that makes Australia so wonderfully unique is going to be lost to us forever. by author Kristy Hinze overlaid on photo of green leaf
Photo Credit: Mark LYU

We need to act now. Otherwise the biodiversity that makes Australia so wonderfully unique is going to be lost to us forever.




Quote: It's fair to say when you go out and walk in the woods or on a beach, the most conspicuous forms of life you will see are plants and animals, and certainly there's a huge diversity of those types of organisms, perhaps 10 million animal species and several hundred thousand plant species. by author Andrew H. Knoll overlaid on photo of Andrew H. Knoll quote: It's fair to say when you go out and walk in the woods or on a beach, the most conspicuous forms of life you will see are plants and animals, and certainly there's a huge diversity of those types of organisms, perhaps 10 million animal species and several hundred thousand plant species.- black text on quotes background

It's fair to say when you go out and walk in the woods or on a beach, the most conspicuous forms of life you will see are plants and animals, and certainly there's a huge diversity of those types of organisms, perhaps 10 million animal species and several hundred thousand plant species.






Quote: We're losing biodiversity globally at an alarming rate, and we need a cornucopia of different plants and animals, for the planet's health and our own. by author Diane Ackerman overlaid on photo of aerial view of river in between green trees during daytime
Photo Credit: Ben den Engelsen

We're losing biodiversity globally at an alarming rate, and we need a cornucopia of different plants and animals, for the planet's health and our own.




Quote: Biodiversity is the totality of all inherited variation in the life forms of Earth, of which we are one species. We study and save it to our great benefit. We ignore and degrade it to our great peril. by author Edward O. Wilson overlaid on photo of mountains under orange kies
Photo Credit: J A N U P R A S A D

Biodiversity is the totality of all inherited variation in the life forms of Earth, of which we are one species. We study and save it to our great benefit. We ignore and degrade it to our great peril.


Quote: Known as the biosphere to scientists and as the creation to theologians, all of life together consists of a membrane around earth so thin that it cannot be seen edgewise from a satellite yet so prodigiously diverse that only a tiny fraction of species have been discovered and named. by author Edward O. Wilson overlaid on photo of Edward O. Wilson quote: Known as the biosphere to scientists and as the creation to theologians, all of life together consists of a membrane around earth so thin that it cannot be seen edgewise from a satellite yet so prodigiously diverse that only a tiny fraction of species have been discovered and named.- black text on quotes background

Known as the biosphere to scientists and as the creation to theologians, all of life together consists of a membrane around earth so thin that it cannot be seen edgewise from a satellite yet so prodigiously diverse that only a tiny fraction of species have been discovered and named.




Quote: The race is now on between the technoscientific and scientific forces that are destroying the living environment and those that can be harnessed to save it... If the race is won, humanity can emerge in far better condition than when it entered, and with most of the diversity of life still intact. by author Edward O. Wilson overlaid on photo of Edward O. Wilson quote: The race is now on between the technoscientific and scientific forces that are destroying the living environment and those that can be harnessed to save it... If the race is won, humanity can emerge in far better condition than when it entered, and with most of the diversity of life still intact.- black text on quotes background

The race is now on between the technoscientific and scientific forces that are destroying the living environment and those that can be harnessed to save it... If the race is won, humanity can emerge in far better condition than when it entered, and with most of the diversity of life still intact.


Quote: We should preserve every scrap of biodiversity as priceless while we learn to use it and come to understand what it means to humanity. by author Edward O. Wilson overlaid on photo of beach during daytime
Photo Credit: Harry Holder

We should preserve every scrap of biodiversity as priceless while we learn to use it and come to understand what it means to humanity.


Quote: Life -- all life -- is in the service of life. Necessary nutrients are made available to life by life in greater and greater richness as the diversity of life increases. The entire landscape comes alive, filled with relationships and relationships within relationships. by author Frank Herbert overlaid on photo of Frank Herbert quote; white text on black background

Life -- all life -- is in the service of life. Necessary nutrients are made available to life by life in greater and greater richness as the diversity of life increases. The entire landscape comes alive, filled with relationships and relationships within relationships.


Quote: To survive, humans need food, water, and air. Yet biodiversity, the Earth's bodies of water, and the planet's atmosphere are all under threat. by author Graciela Chichilnisky overlaid on photo of pink, red, and black digital wallpaper
Photo Credit: Octavian Rosca

To survive, humans need food, water, and air. Yet biodiversity, the Earth's bodies of water, and the planet's atmosphere are all under threat.


Quote: Brazil has one of the greatest natural patrimonies in terms of biodiversity. by author Guilherme Leal overlaid on photo of green leaf tree on shore
Photo Credit: Todd Quackenbush

Brazil has one of the greatest natural patrimonies in terms of biodiversity.


Quote: Just as the natural environment depends on biodiversity, so the human environment depends on cultural diversity, because no one civilization encompasses all the spiritual, ethical and artistic expressions of mankind. by author Jonathan Sacks overlaid on photo of person in black hoodie using laptop computer
Photo Credit: Bermix Studio

Just as the natural environment depends on biodiversity, so the human environment depends on cultural diversity, because no one civilization encompasses all the spiritual, ethical and artistic expressions of mankind.


Quote: Turtles are very stable and have been around forever. But they have problems adapting. When humans came along, turtles came under serious threat. Biodiversity is good, and I think it is good in technology as well. by author Linus Torvalds overlaid on photo of high-angle photography of beach side
Photo Credit: Syd Sujuaan

Turtles are very stable and have been around forever. But they have problems adapting. When humans came along, turtles came under serious threat. Biodiversity is good, and I think it is good in technology as well.


Quote: Biological diversity is messy. It walks, it crawls, it swims, it swoops, it buzzes. But extinction is silent, and it has no voice other than our own. by author Paul Hawken overlaid on photo of aerial view of river in between green trees during daytime
Photo Credit: Ben den Engelsen

Biological diversity is messy. It walks, it crawls, it swims, it swoops, it buzzes. But extinction is silent, and it has no voice other than our own.


Quote: Well I think on a simple ecological level that the diversity of this planet is important for our survival, that all of our different cultures, people are important to the health of the whole the same way that a species of animal should be saved and at a simple ecology level. by author Richard Gere overlaid on photo of Richard Gere quote; white text on black background

Well I think on a simple ecological level that the diversity of this planet is important for our survival, that all of our different cultures, people are important to the health of the whole the same way that a species of animal should be saved and at a simple ecology level.


Quote: The diversity of life is so stimulating for me. by author Eduardo Galeano overlaid on photo of road between yellow leaf trees at daytime
Photo Credit: quentin

The diversity of life is so stimulating for me.


Quote: The diversity of the phenomena of nature is so great, and the treasures hidden in the heavens so rich, precisely in order that the human mind shall never be lacking in fresh nourishment. by author Johannes Kepler overlaid on photo of aerial view of green lake surrounded by green trees during daytime
Photo Credit: Alexsandre Almeida

The diversity of the phenomena of nature is so great, and the treasures hidden in the heavens so rich, precisely in order that the human mind shall never be lacking in fresh nourishment.


Quote: Planets that don't currently sport plate tectonics, such as Venus and Mars, are scarcely habitable. Tectonics might be a requirement of any world that aspires to a rich diversity of life. by author Seth Shostak overlaid on photo of brown wooden dock under night sky
Photo Credit: Ben White

Planets that don't currently sport plate tectonics, such as Venus and Mars, are scarcely habitable. Tectonics might be a requirement of any world that aspires to a rich diversity of life.


Quote: Clean air and water, a diversity of animal and plant species, soil and mineral resources, and predictable weather are annuities that will pay dividends for as long as the human race survives -- and may even extend our stay on Earth. by author Alex Steffen overlaid on photo of brown leaf on brown stem
Photo Credit: Åukasz Rawa

Clean air and water, a diversity of animal and plant species, soil and mineral resources, and predictable weather are annuities that will pay dividends for as long as the human race survives -- and may even extend our stay on Earth.


Quote: Variety is the soul of pleasure. by author Aphra Behn overlaid on photo of green trees on forest during daytime
Photo Credit: Adam Bixby

Variety is the soul of pleasure.


Quote: Bring diversity back to agriculture. That's what made it work in the first place. by author David R. Brower overlaid on photo of sunset grasslands
Photo Credit: DiscoverQuotes Staff

Bring diversity back to agriculture. That's what made it work in the first place.


Quote: Diversity is really a richness for mankind. by author Fabiola Gianotti overlaid on photo of brown and black tiger near body of water
Photo Credit: Ratanjot Singh

Diversity is really a richness for mankind.


Quote: Aside from bringing back extinct species, reanimation could help living ones by restoring lost genetic diversity. The Tasmanian devil (aka Sarcophilus harrisii) is so inbred at this point that most species members can exchange tumor cells without rejection. by author George M. Church overlaid on photo of photo of author George M. Church with quote

Aside from bringing back extinct species, reanimation could help living ones by restoring lost genetic diversity. The Tasmanian devil (aka Sarcophilus harrisii) is so inbred at this point that most species members can exchange tumor cells without rejection.


Quote: We're close to losing our essential diversity. Look at our wheat crops -- we rely on a handful of grain crops and plants that we've refined and bred over hundreds of years. by author Paul Watson overlaid on photo of white and brown kitten on black table
Photo Credit: Ray ZHUANG

We're close to losing our essential diversity. Look at our wheat crops -- we rely on a handful of grain crops and plants that we've refined and bred over hundreds of years.


Quote: We're adding a billion people every decade. We're just spin doctors. Whatever we do is supposedly great, and yet it's always at the expense of diversity and nature. We're like elephants. The ecology of the elephant is more similar to human than any other. by author Peter Beard overlaid on photo of photo of author Peter Beard with quote

We're adding a billion people every decade. We're just spin doctors. Whatever we do is supposedly great, and yet it's always at the expense of diversity and nature. We're like elephants. The ecology of the elephant is more similar to human than any other.


Quote: The production of natural resources in agriculture, forestry and fisheries, stable natural hydrological cycles, fertile soils, a balanced climate and numerous other vital ecosystem services can only be permanently secured through the protection and sustainable use of biological diversity. by author Sigmar Gabriel overlaid on photo of Sigmar Gabriel quote: The production of natural resources in agriculture, forestry and fisheries, stable natural hydrological cycles, fertile soils, a balanced climate and numerous other vital ecosystem services can only be permanently secured through the protection and sustainable use of biological diversity.- black text on quotes background

The production of natural resources in agriculture, forestry and fisheries, stable natural hydrological cycles, fertile soils, a balanced climate and numerous other vital ecosystem services can only be permanently secured through the protection and sustainable use of biological diversity.




Quote: Science arises from the discovery of Identity amid Diversity. by author William Stanley Jevons overlaid on photo of photo of author William Stanley Jevons with quote

Science arises from the discovery of Identity amid Diversity.


Quote: The greater the diversity, the greater the perfection. by author Thomas Berry overlaid on photo of green lizard
Photo Credit: Mark Stoop

The greater the diversity, the greater the perfection.


Quote: Diversity is the magic. It is the first manifestation, the first beginning of the differentiation of a thing and of simple identity. The greater the diversity, the greater the perfection. by author Thomas Berry overlaid on photo of photo of author Thomas Berry with quote

Diversity is the magic. It is the first manifestation, the first beginning of the differentiation of a thing and of simple identity. The greater the diversity, the greater the perfection.


Quote: Diversity is critical to innovation. by author Julie Sweet overlaid on photo of green trees on forest during daytime
Photo Credit: Adam Bixby

Diversity is critical to innovation.


Quote: Nearly every historic fruit and vegetable variety once found in the United States has disappeared. by author Preeti Simran Sethi overlaid on photo of red metal bridge over river
Photo Credit: J. Balla Photography

Nearly every historic fruit and vegetable variety once found in the United States has disappeared.


Quote: The evolution of the cosmos invokes in me a sense of mystery; the increase in biodiversity invokes the response of humility; and an understanding of the evolution of death offers me helpful ways to think about my own death. by author Ursula Goodenough overlaid on photo of brown leaf on brown stem
Photo Credit: Åukasz Rawa

The evolution of the cosmos invokes in me a sense of mystery; the increase in biodiversity invokes the response of humility; and an understanding of the evolution of death offers me helpful ways to think about my own death.


Quote: The preservation of biodiversity is not just a job for governments. International and non-governmental organisations, the private sector and each and every individual have a role to play in changing entrenched outlooks and ending destructive patterns of behaviour. by author Kofi Annan overlaid on photo of photo of author Kofi Annan with quote

The preservation of biodiversity is not just a job for governments. International and non-governmental organisations, the private sector and each and every individual have a role to play in changing entrenched outlooks and ending destructive patterns of behaviour.




Quote: This is the assembly of life that took a billion years to evolve. It has eaten the storms-folded them into its genes-and created the world that created us. It holds the world steady. by author Edward O. Wilson overlaid on photo of purple and black light illustration
Photo Credit: Mikael Frivold

This is the assembly of life that took a billion years to evolve. It has eaten the storms-folded them into its genes-and created the world that created us. It holds the world steady.


Quote: In the area of species protection, we should concern ourselves with what is right as opposed to what might be easier, or popular in the short term. by author Richard Leakey overlaid on photo of body of water under blue sky with stars
Photo Credit: Lorenzo Nucci

In the area of species protection, we should concern ourselves with what is right as opposed to what might be easier, or popular in the short term.


Quote: It's the next annihilation of vast numbers of species. It is happening now, and we, the human race, are its cause. by author Richard Leakey overlaid on photo of black mountain under blue sky during night time
Photo Credit: Marcus Dall Col

It's the next annihilation of vast numbers of species. It is happening now, and we, the human race, are its cause.


Quote: Instead of trying to understand agriculture in its own terms, acknowledge that agriculture ultimately comes out of nature. Right now agriculture is the No. 1 threat to biodiversity on the planet. by author Wes Jackson overlaid on photo of photo of author Wes Jackson with quote

Instead of trying to understand agriculture in its own terms, acknowledge that agriculture ultimately comes out of nature. Right now agriculture is the No. 1 threat to biodiversity on the planet.








Quote: We have environmental laws for a reason: to protect endangered biodiversity. And as a country that has one of the highest loss of species anywhere in the world, they're important. by author Richard Di Natale overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Di Natale with quote

We have environmental laws for a reason: to protect endangered biodiversity. And as a country that has one of the highest loss of species anywhere in the world, they're important.


Quote: Protecting biodiversity is just as important and critical to the survival of mankind as stabilizing the climate. Species protection and climate are interdependent. by author Klaus Topfer overlaid on photo of photo of author Klaus Topfer with quote

Protecting biodiversity is just as important and critical to the survival of mankind as stabilizing the climate. Species protection and climate are interdependent.


Quote: Little by little people are understanding that we need to change, but whatever we decide to do in next 10 to 15 years will decide the future of biodiversity on Earth. by author Anthony D. Barnosky overlaid on photo of brown and white abstract painting
Photo Credit: James Lee

Little by little people are understanding that we need to change, but whatever we decide to do in next 10 to 15 years will decide the future of biodiversity on Earth.


Quote: Natural species are the library from which genetic engineers can work. by author Thomas Lovejoy overlaid on photo of focus photo of a hummingbird on leaf
Photo Credit: Vladimir Kudinov

Natural species are the library from which genetic engineers can work.


Quote: What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, men would die from great loneliness of spirit. by author Chief Seattle overlaid on photo of green trees on forest during daytime
Photo Credit: Olena Sergienko

What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, men would die from great loneliness of spirit.


Quote: Economic desperation often drives wildlife destruction like poaching or illegal logging. But trade can help create powerful financial incentives for communities to preserve the biodiversity around them. by author Arancha Gonzalez overlaid on photo of photo of author Arancha Gonzalez with quote

Economic desperation often drives wildlife destruction like poaching or illegal logging. But trade can help create powerful financial incentives for communities to preserve the biodiversity around them.


Quote: People still do not understand that a live fish is more valuable than a dead one, and that destructive fishing techniques are taking a wrecking ball to biodiversity. by author Sylvia Earle overlaid on photo of red textile on brown wooden table
Photo Credit: engin akyurt

People still do not understand that a live fish is more valuable than a dead one, and that destructive fishing techniques are taking a wrecking ball to biodiversity.


Quote: We advocate biodiversity for biodiversity's sake. It may take our extinction to set things straight. by author David Foreman overlaid on photo of green trees on brown dried leaves during daytime
Photo Credit: Dominic Vogl

We advocate biodiversity for biodiversity's sake. It may take our extinction to set things straight.


Quote: Biodiversity is the greatest treasure we have... Its diminishment is to be prevented at all cost. by author Thomas Eisner overlaid on photo of green and white bird on black wire during daytime
Photo Credit: Egor Kunovsky

Biodiversity is the greatest treasure we have... Its diminishment is to be prevented at all cost.




Quote: We see evidence that lakes and forests and wetlands can have different equilibria -- so you have a savanna system that may be stable and thriving, but it can also tip over and become an arid steppe if pushed too far by warming, land degradation, and biodiversity loss. by author Johan Rockstrom overlaid on photo of Johan Rockstrom quote; white text on black background

We see evidence that lakes and forests and wetlands can have different equilibria -- so you have a savanna system that may be stable and thriving, but it can also tip over and become an arid steppe if pushed too far by warming, land degradation, and biodiversity loss.


Quote: Biodiversity starts in the distant past and it points toward the future. by author Frans Lanting overlaid on photo of green and white abstract painting
Photo Credit: Gayatri Malhotra

Biodiversity starts in the distant past and it points toward the future.




Quote: If we pollute the air, water and soil that keep us alive and well, and destroy the biodiversity that allows natural systems to function, no amount of money will save us. by author David Suzuki overlaid on photo of body of water
Photo Credit: Lopez Robin

If we pollute the air, water and soil that keep us alive and well, and destroy the biodiversity that allows natural systems to function, no amount of money will save us.


Quote: Whether we consciously realize it or not, the biodiversity with which we are most familiar, and the biodiversity with which we have most intimate historical, cultural and biological connections, is that associated with food plants. by author Cary Fowler overlaid on photo of photo of author Cary Fowler with quote

Whether we consciously realize it or not, the biodiversity with which we are most familiar, and the biodiversity with which we have most intimate historical, cultural and biological connections, is that associated with food plants.


brown and black butterflies on green leaves

Popular Curated Collections

Nature

Beauty

Cute

Be Positive

Flower

Self-Discovery

bell-hooks

Gratitude

Hope

Productivity

Creativity

 


We wish you a sweetly diverse day!