en·vi·ron·men·tal·ism | \ in-ˌvī-rə(n)-ˈmen-tə-ˌli-zəm , -ˌvī(-ə)r(n)- \

Definition of environmentalism 

1 : a theory that views environment rather than heredity as the important factor in the development and especially the cultural and intellectual development of an individual or group

2 : advocacy of the preservation, restoration, or improvement of the natural environment especially : the movement to control pollution

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Where are corporate interests driving sustainable innovation? Disrupting the divisive narrative that places conservatism and environmentalism in opposition. Noelle Swan, The Christian Science Monitor, "The Monitor’s collaboration with the Energy Foundation," 29 June 2018 Fueling the movement is increased consumer environmentalism and concern about the many straws that end up polluting oceans and waterways. Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY, "Starbucks to scrap plastic straws globally by 2020," 9 July 2018 In the face of ongoing struggle for family farmers, Farm Aid each year serves as an annual gathering of activists focused on food issues, environmentalism and social-justice battles. Thom Duffy, Billboard, "Chris Stapleton Will Join Willie Nelson's 33rd Annual Farm Aid Concert in Hartford," 25 June 2018 The exclusion of journalists from CNN, the Associated Press and E&E News is the latest example of a lack of transparency from the EPA, according to critics from both the environmentalism and journalism worlds. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: This EPA forum should have been about water pollution. Instead, it sparked another controversy.," 23 May 2018 The problem is that some of them, like his environmentalism, have proved both popular and prescient. The Economist, "The monarchy is at its strongest in years, unlike the government," 19 May 2018 In keeping with Westwood’s environmentalism, a portion of the profits from the collaboration will benefit Cool Earth, a charity focused on saving the rainforests. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Riccardo Tisci Brings Vivienne Westwood to Burberry for a Collaboration," 6 July 2018 This shift in Georgia environmentalism, fortified by redistricting, served Gingrich and the Georgia Republican Party extraordinarily well. Christopher Sellers, Vox, "How Republicans came to embrace anti-environmentalism," 6 July 2018 Costa Rica is hailed as a vanguard of democratic environmentalism. Ioan Grillo, The New Republic, "When Democracy Isn’t Enough," 6 June 2018

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1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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en·vi·ron·men·tal·ism | \ -ˌvī-rən-ˈment-ᵊl-ˌiz-əm, -ˌvī(-ə)rn- \

Medical Definition of environmentalism 

: a theory that views environment rather than heredity as the important factor in the development and especially the cultural and intellectual development of an individual or group

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