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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Plasma is a good way, and environmentalism doesn’t hurt either. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Plasma Thrusters Are About To Have Their Moment," 30 Aug. 2018 Activists have tried to block commercial logging, but that’s not what’s driving these fires One example of radical environmentalism the Interior Department cited was the Pickett Hog timber sale near Medford, Oregon. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Ryan Zinke’s claim that “environmental terrorists” are to blame for wildfires, explained," 17 Aug. 2018 Antonio, is socialism, identify politics, open borders, and environmentalism a winning formula? Fox News, "Democrats target SCOTUS candidate Amy Coney Barrett," 6 July 2018 On World Environment Day, Grenier and Gallagher want people to take advantage of the community and collaboration that comes with environmentalism. Mckenna Moore, Fortune, "Adrian Grenier and Aidan Gallagher Want You to Fight Plastic Pollution for World Environment Day," 5 June 2018 In this Earth Day op-ed, Bethany Bowra of the American Conservation Coalition explains why young conservatives are working on environmental issues and promoting free-market environmentalism. Bethany Bowra, Teen Vogue, "Young Conservatives Are Defending the Environment, Too," 22 Apr. 2018 In much of the media, environmentalism is too often painted with a solely liberal brush. Noelle Swan, The Christian Science Monitor, "The Monitor’s collaboration with the Energy Foundation," 29 June 2018 Alexandros Maragos/Getty Images As a young conservative woman in my early 20s, I’m often met with surprise when people learn that environmentalism is a top political concern for me. Danielle Butcher, Vox, "Young conservatives like me care about climate change. The GOP needs to take notice.," 23 May 2018 This began to change in the 1960s and ‘70s, when environmentalism insisted on a place at the front and center in American politics. Rachel Riederer, The New Republic, "Can Rivers Be People Too?," 9 May 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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