'One with the Earth'

Environmental Awareness Eco Slogan Contest

The 'One with the Earth' symbol makes the statement that all environmental concerns are interconnected parts of one overarching challenge, ensuring a livable world for our children and future generations.  The symbol encourages personal, corporate and public responsibility for protecting the environment.





Introduction | Task | Rubric for Scoring | Topics to Consider | Examples

Famous Slogans | Famous Quotes | Credits





We are all part of the environment and what we do to the environment, we also do to ourselves, as well as to our future generations.  To ensure the survival of our living planet, we must educate others to raise environmental awareness and consciousness.  After all, education is essential to changing people's behaviors. 

Your job is to use famous quotes, famous slogans, original slogans, green tips, and eco facts to encourage respect and responsibility for protecting the environment. By sharing these worthwhile and unifying messages with others in our communities, we can make this a better planet for us all.


"In the end, we conserve only what we love. 

We will love only what we understand.

We will understand only what we are taught."
~ Baba Dioum, Senegalese poet


"Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one."

Malcolm Forbes


"If you want one year of prosperity, plant corn.
If you want ten years of prosperity, plant trees.
If you want one hundred years of prosperity, educate people."

Chinese proverb



         Encourage respect and responsibility for protecting the environment and raise awareness and consciousness with your   

         creativity!  Get the message out by illustrating 1) a famous quote, 2) a famous slogan or an original slogan, 3) a Green Tip, 4)

          and a Did You know? Eco FactYou are to complete #1-4, read through each topic, pick a slogan, a quote, an ECO tip or a fact.


Here is what you must design: First,you will design #1-4 on paper as bumper stickers.  After #1-4 are completed, we will choose your favorite one and do it on "Paint".

    1)  1 famous quote - check out "Famous Quotes".

    2)  Do one of the following:

                                1 slogan - check out "Famous Slogans"


                          1 'original' slogan or quote- make up your own slogan or quote   

    3)  1 Green Tip - check out "Green Tips" (check out the Stomp Out Carbon Contest to see other kids' projects)

    4)  1 Did You Know? Eco Fact - check out "Eco Facts", and/or "Examples"



Scoring Rubric


The same scoring rubric will be used for each of the FOUR required bumper stickers.


Areas to Include
Explanation of Areas
Points Earned

Spelling and Neatness (3 pts)

All words are spelled correctly and proper grammar usage including quotation marks

Content (10 pts.)

Include quote / tip or fact, author of quote, and graphic
which includes picture or original artwork

Dimensions (2 pts)

Artwork must fill a 3 x 11 inch bumper sticker sizes paper

Technology Skills (10 Pts.)

Importing picture, using fonts to be visually creative, and following directions to stay on task

Total Points (25 Points)







Famous Quotes

1)  "If not us, who?  If not now, when?"

~John F. Kennedy


2)  "The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them."

~Albert Einstein


3)  "Live simply so that others may simply live."


4)  "Think globally, act locally."--David Brower, founder of Friends of the Earth (1969)


5) "Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself."  --Leo Tolstoy


6)  "There's enough on this planet for everyone's needs but not for everyone's greed."
~ Mohandas Gandhi


7)  "In the end, we conserve only what we love.  We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught."
~ Baba Dioum, Senegalese poet


8)  "You must be the change you wish to see in the world."

~Mahatma Gandhi


9)  "The salvation of mankind lies only in making everything the concern of all."  --Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn


10)  The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago... had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands. 

~Havelock Ellis, The Dance of Life, 1923

11)  "Take nothing but pictures.
Leave nothing but footprints.
Kill nothing but time."
~Motto of the Baltimore Grotto, a caving society


12)  "Humankind has not woven the web of life.  We are but one thread within it.  Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.  All things are bound together.  All things connect." 

~Chief Seattle, 1855


13)  Man did not weave the web of life. He is merely a strand in it. What he does to it he does to himself.

- Chief Seattle


14)  "Till now man has been up against Nature; from now on he will be up against his own nature." 

~Dennis Gabor, Inventing the Future, 1963


15)  "We must strive to become good ancestors."

~Ralph Nader


16)  "The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased, and not impaired, in value."

~Theodore Roosevelt


17)  Modern technology Owes ecology An apology.
~Alan M. Eddison

18)  "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."

~ Edmund Burke


19)  "It's a job that's never started that takes the longest to finish."

~ J.R.R. Tolkien


20)  "The ultimate test of man's conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard."

~ Gaylord Nelson former governor of Wisconsin, co-founder of Earth Day


21)  "Why don't we pay more attention to who are farmers are? We would never be as careless choosing an auto mechanic or babysitter as we are about who grows our food."

~ Michael Pollan


22)  "When one tugs at a single thing in nature, one finds it is attached to the rest of the world."

~John Muir


23)  "A society is defined not only by what it creates, but by what it refused to destroy."

~ John Sawhill , former president and CEO of the nature conservancy


24)  "Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men."  --Martin Luther King, Jr.


25)  "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them."

~Albert Einstein


26)  "The ultimate test of man's conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard."

~Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day founder


27)  "The future belongs to those who understand that doing more with less is compassionate, prosperous, and enduring, and thus more intelligent, even competitive."

~Paul Hawken


28)  "May we speak in all of human councils on behalf of the animals, plants, and landscapes of the earth."

~John Seed


29)  "Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little."

~Edmund Burke


30)  "The frog does not drink up the pond in which it lives."

~Chinese proverb


31)  "When we destroy nature, we diminish ourselves and impoverish our children."

~Robert Kennedy Jr.


32)  "Earth will grow worse until men redeem it."

~G.K. Chesterton


33)  "A clear stream, a long horizon, a forest wilderness and open sky - these are man's most ancient possessions.  In a modern society, they are his most priceless."

~Lyndon B. Johnson


34)  "Joy is not in things, it is in us."

~Richard Wagner


35)  "How to be green?  Many people have asked us this very important question.  It's really simple and requires no expert knowledge or complex skills.  Here's the answer: Consume less.  Share more.  Enjoy life."

~Penny Kemp and Derek Wall


36)  Your grandchildren will likely find it incredible - or even sinful - that you burned up a gallon of gasoline to fetch a pack of cigarettes!  ~Paul MacCready, Jr.

37)  We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.  ~Native American Proverb


38)  We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us.  When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.  ~Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac 

39)  "There's so much pollution in the air now that if it weren't for our lungs there'd be no place to put it all." 

~Robert Orben

40)  "We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are."

~Max De Pree


41)  "Growth, for growth's sake, is the ideology of the cancer cell." ~Abbey


42)  "A short cut to riches is to subtract from our desires."

~Petrarch Epistolae de Rebus Familiaribus


43)  "Don't let what you can't do interfere with what you can do."


44)  "There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth.  We are all crew."

~Marshall McLuhen


45)  “It's raining, it's pouring, we’d better stop ignoring.” ~ ?


46)  "The superior man seeks what is right; the inferior one, what is profitable."

— Confucius

47)  "The ultimate test of man's conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard."

— Gaylord Nelson, former governor of Wisconsin, co-founder of Earth Day

48)  "We have met the enemy and he is us."

— Walt Kelly (from "Pogo")

49)  "Thank GOD, they cannot cut down the clouds!"

     -Henry David Thoreau

50)  "Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man." Stewart Udall


51)  "Where the quality of life goes down for the environment, the quality of life goes down for humans." George Holland

52)  "Grassroots is the source of power. With it, you can do anything-without it, nothing." Gaylord Nelson

53)   The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river.
~ Ross Perot


54)  Only after the last tree has been cut down, only after the last river has been poisoned, only after the last fish has been caught, only then will you find that money can not be eaten.
~ Cree Indian Prophecy

55)  "...we all have an obligation as citizens of this earth to leave the world a healthier, cleaner, and better place for our children and future generations.”
~ Blythe Danner

56)  "Love the earth as you would love yourself."
~ John Denver

57)  Our planet's alarm is going off, and it is time to wake up and take action!
~ Leonardo DiCaprio

58)  "We can never have enough of nature."
~ Henry David Thoreau Walden, 1854

59)  "What's the use of a fine house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?"
~ Henry David Thoreau

60)  "I cannot significantly improve on the assertion that it simply is proper for us, as intelligent members of the universe, to try to look after our fellow creatures, and evil for us to do otherwise."

-- Colin Tudge, 1992 Last Animals at the Zoo


61)  He that plants trees loves others beside himself.  – Thomas Fuller

62)  With all beings and all things we shall be as relatives. - Sioux Indians


63)  The Earth does not belong to us. We belong to the Earth. - Chief Seattle


64)  Either you are part of the problem or you are part of the solution...What's your contribution? - Jurassic 5



Other quotes

"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.  Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.  The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves." 

~John Muir

"Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another." 

~Juvenal, Satires

"If people destroy something replaceable made by mankind, they are called vandals; if they destroy something irreplaceable made by God [nature], they are called developers."
~ Joseph Wood Krutch

"When you look at an apple, some people would say the non-organic apple is cheaper than the organic apple. But when you factor in what you're receiving in terms of vitamins, minerals, etc., the organic apple—on that basis—is cheaper than the non-organic apple."

— Jerry Kay, host of Beyond Organic

"Pollution often disappears when we switch to renewable resources."

— David Morris, in "Utne Reader" [1989]

"Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace."

~ Albert Schweitzer


"The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them." 

~William Lawrence Bragg


"Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible."
~Francis of Assisi

"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe."
~Anatole France

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It's not."

— Dr. Seuss, "The Lorax"

"Stop tolerating in your leaders what you wouldn't tolerate in your friends."

~Joe Mozden



"Let's not tolerate those who give us only bad choices."

~Joe Mozden



"The world is being destroyed, no doubt about it, by the greed of the rich and powerful.  It is also being destroyed by popular demand."

~Wendell Berry

"We have found the sources of hazardous waste and they are us."

— US EPA, from "Everybody's Problem: Hazardous Waste"

"Don't It Always Seem To Go That We Don't Know What We Got Til It's Gone They Pave Paradise and Put Up a Parking Lot."

     -Joni Mitchell

"Those who love and free nature are never alone." Rachel Carson

 "Solar is cost effective right now. When you consider the cost to our health from air pollution, solar is just as competitive as any other energy source." Thomas P. Kay

 I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security.  Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad.  Otherwise what is there to defend? 

~Robert Redford, Yosemite National Park dedication, 1985

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

 "Nature does nothing uselessly." Aristotle circa 350 B.C.v

 "The purpose of life is to live in agreement with nature." Zeno, circa 520 BC

 "If we go on as we are, we will destroy in the next century everything that the poets have been singing about for the past two thousand years."
~ Fred Bodsworth

 Oh Beautiful for smoggy skies, insecticided grain, For strip-mined mountain's majesty above the asphalt plain. America, America, man sheds his waste on thee, And hides the pines with billboard signs, from sea to oily sea.
~ George Carlin

 "No one person has to do it all but if each one of us follow our heart and our own inclinations we will find the small things that we can do to create a sustainable future and a healthy environment."
~ John Denver

 We must set an example now and move environmentalism from being the philosophy of a passionate minority ... to a way of life that automatically integrates ecology into governmental policy and normal living standards.
~ Leonardo DiCaprio

 The environment: Learn, Get active. ~ ?

 "I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait 'til oil and coal run out before we tackle that."
~ Thomas Edison (1847–1931)

"The main lesson to be learned from the Love Canal crisis is that in order to protect public health from chemical contamination, there needs to be a massive outcry--a choir of voices--by the American people demanding change."
~ Lois Gibbs

"An acre of windy prairie could produce between $4,000 and 10,000 worth of electricity per year – which is far more than the value of the land’s crop of corn or wheat."
~ Denis Hayes

If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them more than the miracles of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it."
~ President Lyndon B. Johnson

 "Every one of us can make a contribution. And quite often we are looking for the big things and forget that, wherever we are, we can make a contribution. Sometimes I tell myself, I may only be planting a tree here, but just imagine what's happening if there are billions of people out there doing something. Just imagine the power of what we can do."
~ Wangari Maathai

 The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun.
~ Ralph Nader

"The fate of the living planet is the most important issue facing mankind."
~ Gaylord Nelson

"Modern Society will find no solution to the ecological problem unless it takes a serious look at its lifestyles."
~ Pope John Paul II (Polish Pope. 1920-2005)

 I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?
~ Robert Redford

 "We’ve poisoned the air, the water, and the land. In our passion to control nature, things have gone out of control. Progress from now on has to mean something different. We’re running out of resources and we are running out of time."
~ Robert Redford

 "The conservationist's most Important task, if we are to save the earth, is to educate."
~ Peter Scott, founder chairman of the World Wildlife Federation

 "The cleanup costs of polluting a river, injecting pesticides into the ground water, or putting noxious gases into the air have not been figured into the cost of the manufacturing or agribusiness that put them there in the first place. Historically, the economic incentive has been to pollute."
-- Gloria Steinem

As we watch the sun go down, evening after evening, through the smog across the poisoned waters of our native earth, we must ask ourselves seriously whether we really wish some future universal historian on another planet to say about us: "With all their genius and with all their skill, they ran out of foresight and air and food and water and ideas," or, "They went on playing politics until their world collapsed around them."
~ U Thant

 "Wildness is the preservation of the World."
~ Henry David Thoreau

 But our waste problem is not the fault only of producers. It is the fault of an economy that is wasteful from top to bottom—a symbiosis of an unlimited greed at the top and a lazy, passive, and self-indulgent consumptiveness at the bottom—and all of us are involved in it.
-- Wendell Berry

"Solid wastes" are the discarded leftovers of our advanced consumer society. This growing mountain of garbage and trash represents not only an attitude of indifference toward valuable natural resources, but also a serious economic and public health problem.
-- Jimmy Carter


The case for recycling is strong. The bottom line is clear. Recycling requires a trivial amount of our time. Recycling saves money and reduces pollution. Recycling creates more jobs than landfilling or incineration. And a largely ignored but very important consideration, recycling reduces our need to dump our garbage in someone else's backyard.
-- David Morris of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance

 "Widely spaced earth-sheltered towns offer sweeping views over the plains. High-speed trains link the communities. Food is grown in the region. Bikeways are everywhere. Nonpolluting hydrogen powers all vehicles. Sunlight and wind generate the hydrogen. Note the earth-covered bridges, the continuous window bands, the wind machines across the farmlands. In this new America, everything is reused, recycled, conserved."
-- Malcolm Wells


"Perhaps the time has come to cease calling it the 'environmentalist' view, as though it were a lobbying effort outside of the mainstream of human activity, and to start calling it the real-world view."

~Edward O. Wilson


"I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority."

~E.B. White


"Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works."

~Carl Sagan

"As our cosmos is dynamically interconnected; all actions are legacies to all that is and will ever be."  --Ancient Mystic Wisdom and Imminent Western World View

"The survival of humanity will depend on our ability to understand the principles of ecology and live accordingly. This is an enterprise that transcends all our differences of race, culture, or class.  The Earth is our common home, and creating a sustainable world for our children and for future generations is our common task."  --Fritjof Capra


Famous Slogans

It is easier to prevent pollution than to clean it up.

They were here first

Green is the new Red, White, and Blue

All things are interconnected.

More is not always better.

There is no “away”.

Think Globally, Act Locally

Nobody is perfect, but we can all be better.

Fight Air Pollution. Get A Horse 

Go Organic - Pesticides Don't Know When To Stop Killing

Good Planets Are Hard To Find

Have You Hugged A Tree Today?

Help Fight Cancer, End Environmental Pollution

Honor Mother Earth

Humans Aren't The Only Species On Earth - We Just Act Like It

If You Love Animals As Pets, Why Do You Eat Animals As Dinner?

Ignore The Environment And It Will Go Away

It's A Small Planet - Recycle

Just Say No To Pesticides. Buy Organically Grown Food

Live Simply So That Others May Simply Live

Love Animals - Don't Eat Them

Love Your Mother

Make Polluters Pay

My Other Car Is A Bicycle

My Other Car Is A Horse 

Once Is Not Enough - Recycle!

One Planet - One Future

Open Space - Our Common Wealth

Be not merely good …. Be good for something!

Don't Blow It, Good Planets Are Hard To Find

Don't Waste Our Future - Recycle

Every Day Is Earth Day

Paper From Paper - Not From Trees  

Suburbia: Where They Tear Out The Trees And Then Name Streets After Them

Support Organic Farmers

Support Your Local Planet

Teach Respect For The Earth And All Living Creatures

The Earth Doesn't Belong To Us, We Belong To The Earth

The Hole In The Ozone Is Directly Related To The Hole In Your Head

Toxic Pollution Makes Us All Endangered Species

We All Live Downstream

When we buy less, we value what we have… more.

It’s not enough to just know.  You must do.


Treehugging Dirt Worshiper 

Humans aren't the only species on Earth - We just act like it

Teach respect for the Earth and all living creatures

Consume less.  Share more.

Keep your butt in your car. The Earth is not your ashtray

The Earth does not belong to us. We belong to the Earth. - Chief Seattle 

Love your mother (with image of Earth)

Live simply that others may simply live


Good planets are hard to find (with image of Earth) 

Be kind to animals - Don't eat them

Waste Less, Recycle More

Make every day earth day


Did You Know? Eco Facts


  • 5% Of The World's People Consume 1/3 Of Its Resources And Make Nearly 1/2 The Waste. That 5% Is The USA
  • There are 70 pesticides that are listed as known or probable carcinogens, based on animal testing. Of those 70, 44 are in use today, and 23 are used on our food."

    — Gina Solomon, specialist in internal medicine [2001]

"Over 42 billion pounds of agricultural petrochemicals are applied each year on US food crops - and often less than 1% of those pesticides reach the target pest. The rest goes into the ecosystem, making agriculture the largest water polluter in the US. Buy organic." Earth Day Network

 "If only one percent of car owners in this country left their vehicles home just one day a week, it would save an estimated 42 million gallons of gas a year. It would also keep 840 million pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere."  Earth Day Network

Did you know that America’s total yearly waste could fill a convoy of garbage trucks long enough to wrap around the Earth six times and reach halfway to the moon (120,000 more miles)?! 

  • The U.S. is the #1 trash-producing country in the world at 1,609 pounds per person per year. This means that 5% of the world's people generate 40% of the world's waste!  Boooo!

  • To produce each week's Sunday newspapers, 500,000 trees must be cut down.

  • Recycling a single run of the Sunday New York Times would save 75,000 trees.

  • If all our newspaper was recycled, we could save about 250,000,000 trees each year!

  • One tree can filter up to 60 pounds of pollutants from the air each year.

  • We fill 63,000 garbage trucks every day in this country-lined up they would stretch 400 miles. (Nat’l Audubon Society, 1994)

  • If every household in the U.S. reused a paper grocery bag for one shopping trip, about 60,000 trees would be saved. (S.C. Office of Solid Waste Reduction, 1996)

  • Everyday Americans buy 62 million newspapers and throw out 44 million. That’s the equivalent of dumping 500,000 trees into a landfill every week.

  • It takes 75,000 trees to print a Sunday Edition of the New York Times.

  • If we recycled all of the newspapers for one Sunday, we would save 550,000 trees or about 26 millions trees per year. (CA Dept of Conservation, 1995)

  • Each of us generates on average 4.4 pounds of waste per day per person.

  • The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle will operate a 100-watt light bulb for four hours.

  • Every year each American household receives an average of 1.5 tree's growth of bulk mail advertising commonly known as "junk mail."

  • One ton of recycled paper uses: 64% less energy, 50% less water, 74% less air pollution, saves 17 trees and creates 5 times more jobs than one ton of paper products from virgin wood pulp.

  • Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 trees (35’ tall), 2 barrels of oil (enough fuel to run the average car for 1260 miles or from Dallas to Los Angeles), 4100 kilowatts of energy (enough power for the average home for 6 months), 3.2 cubic yards of landfill space (one family size pick-up truck) and 60 pounds of air pollution. (Trash to Cash, 1996)

  • Recycling aluminum saves 95% of the energy used to make the material from scratch. That means you can make 20 cans out of recycled material with the same amount of energy it takes to make one can out of new material. Energy savings in 1993 alone were enough to light a city the size of Pittsburgh for six years.

  • The U.S. is the #1 trash-producing country in the world at 1,609 pounds per person per year. This means that 5% of the world's people generate 40% of the world's waste.

  • More than 20,000,000 Hershey's Kisses are wrapped each day, using 133 square miles of tinfoil. All that foil is recyclable, but not many people realize it.

  • One recycled aluminum can saves enough electricity to operate a TV for three hours.

  • Every eight months, 10.9 gallons of oil run into the oceans form our streets and driveways – that’s equal to one Exxon Valdez spill!

  • In one week, a 3,000-passenger cruise ship generates 210,000 gallons of sewage, 1 million gallons of gray water (shower, sink, dishwashing water), 37,000 gallons of oily bilge water, eight tons of solid waste and millions of gallons of ballast water containing invasive plant and animal species.  This waste is dumped anywhere beyond three miles from shore!

  • Non-biodegradable cigarette butts are the number 1 debris item found during beach clean-ups.  Cigarette butts are deadly to wildlife that eat the filters, mistaking them for food.

  • 100,000 marine mammals and 2 million sea birds die every year after ingesting or being caught in plastic debris.

  • The most pesticide-laden crops are #1=coffee #2=cotton #3=tobacco.  If you use these, buy them organic.

  • A shower can use 25 to 50 gallons of water.

  • To grow an acre of cotton takes 800,000 gallons of water.

  • Leaving the water running while brushing your teeth can waste up to 5 gallons

  • It takes 35 gallons of water to grow, irrigate, process, and cook 1 serving of rice.

  • A faucet that drips 60 times in one minute would waste over 6 gallons of water a day; that's 2,400 gallons a year.

  • Automatic dishwashers use about 15 gallons a load.

  • The average full-tub bath takes 36 gallons.

  • It takes 65 gallons of water to process 1 glass of milk.

  • 39,000 gallons of water are used to manufacture a new car.

  • One flush of a toilet uses as much water as the average person in the developing world uses in one day.

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