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An environmentalist is a person who is concerned with and/or advocates for the protection of the environment. An environmentalist can be considered a supporter of the goals of the environmental movement, "a political and ethical movement that seeks to improve and protect the quality of the natural environment through changes to environmentally harmful human activities".[1] An environmentalist is engaged in or believes in the philosophy of environmentalism.

Environmentalists are sometimes referred to using informal or derogatory terms such as "greenie" and "tree-hugger".[2]

Impact: The environmentalist movement has made America today a more ecologically friendly place than in the 1960s and 1970s when the movement started (Goldstein 2002).

Notable environmentalists[edit]

Sir David Attenborough in May 2003
Al Gore, 2007
Hakob Sanasaryan campaignning against illegal construction of a new ore-processing facility in Sotk, 2011

Some of the notable environmentalists who have been active in lobbying for environmental protection and conservation include:


In recent years, there are not only environmentalists for natural environment but also environmentalists for human environment. For instance, the activists who call for "mental green space" by getting rid of disadvantages of internet, cable TV, and smartphones have been called "info-environmentalists".[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "environmentalism - Ideology, History, & Types". Encyclopedia Britannica.
  2. ^ Catherine Soanes and Angus Stevenson, ed. (2005). Oxford Dictionary of English (2nd revised ed.). Oxford University klkPress. ISBN 978-0-19-861057-1.
  3. ^ Brinkley, Douglas (2009-07-28). The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America. 2009: Harper Collins. ISBN 9780060565282.CS1 maint: location (link)
  4. ^ Jung, Jieun; Petkanic, Peter; Nan, Dongyan; Kim, Jang Hyun (2020-03-30). "When a Girl Awakened the World: A User and Social Message Analysis of Greta Thunberg". Sustainability. 12 (7): 2707. doi:10.3390/su12072707. ISSN 2071-1050.
  5. ^ "E-serenity, now!". Christian Science Monitor. 2004-05-10. ISSN 0882-7729. Retrieved 2018-09-27.
  6. ^ "Environmentalism | Learning to Give". www.learningtogive.org. Retrieved 2020-10-16.

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