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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Environmentalism, at its heart, is about both people and places.
In the 1992 interview, Carter described her environmentalism as a product of forward-looking, responsible governance.
Each year, Farm Aid serves as an annual gathering of activists focused on food issues, environmentalism and social-justice battles.
This is a victory for rationality over political environmentalism.
Pittsburgh, Mayor Bill Peduto said Thursday, is an example of how environmentalism can also mean economic development.
For Pandora, that meant focusing largely on environmentalism.
Nichols does not preach environmentalism nor rail against rampant growth in his essays, but the photographs do it for him.
Its proximity to transit, parklike setting, and promise of eco-friendly construction nod toward his environmentalism.
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: 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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