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An environmentalist is 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]


Notable environmentalistsEdit

Sir David Attenborough in May 2003.
Al Gore, 2007.

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

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica Online, Environmentalism (social science)
  2. ^ Catherine Soanes and Angus Stevenson, ed. (2005). Oxford Dictionary of English (2nd revised ed.). Oxford University klkPress. ISBN 0-19-861057-2. 
  3. ^ Brinkley, Douglas. The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America. 2009: Harper Collins. ISBN 9780060565282. 

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