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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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.
For George, this is not just science and environmentalism but business, possibly big business.
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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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