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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When Gabbard ran for office in 2012, she was endorsed by the Sierra Club thanks to her strong stance for environmentalism. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Who Is Tulsi Gabbard? Everything You Need to Know About the 2020 Presidential Candidate," 12 Jan. 2019 From trade to security to environmentalism, the Trump administration has taken an aggressive stance toward the Chinese government. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Bill Gates's Experimental Nuclear Power Plant Halts Construction in China," 2 Jan. 2019 The Bundys and their supporters are now framing their enemies as religious extremists, painting environmentalism as the worshipping of a false god. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Bundyville Chapter Four: The Gospel of Bundy," 18 May 2018 Indeed, environmentalism and the fight against climate change have become a major part of his life story. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Maybe Prince Charles is a Royal Workaholic, According to Prince Harry," 10 Nov. 2018 These shoppers are motivated by a sense of environmentalism and a desire to stand out from the homogenous fast-fashion crowd. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Michael Cohen’s plea deal revealed he made $30,000 from selling a handbag. The Birkin economy, explained.," 22 Aug. 2018 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

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First Known Use of environmentalism

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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