environmentalist

noun
en·​vi·​ron·​men·​tal·​ist | \ in-ˌvī-rə(n)-ˈmen-tə-ləst How to pronounce environmentalist (audio) , -ˌvī(-ə)r(n)- \

Definition of environmentalist

1 : an advocate of environmentalism
2 : one concerned about environmental quality especially of the human environment with respect to the control of pollution

Examples of environmentalist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Local officials and environmentalists fear soil disturbances from the expansive project would increase the amount of erosion into the lake. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, "Hoosier National Forest burn could hurt drinking water for 140,000 people, opponents say," 18 Feb. 2020 The rallies kicked off in Australia, where people affected by recent devastating wildfires joined young environmentalists protesting against the government’s pro-coal stance. BostonGlobe.com, "“It’s so unnatural that I started investigating, reading science and really exploring what’s happening with climate change,” she told Australian television.," 1 Dec. 2019 The rallies kicked off in Australia, where people affected by recent devastating wildfires joined young environmentalists protesting against the government’s pro-coal stance. Frank Jordans, chicagotribune.com, "Days before Madrid conference, protesters across the world stage rallies demanding tougher action against climate change," 29 Nov. 2019 Growing tomatoes is an act of connection, and engagement with the natural world is ultimately what fuels many environmentalists to fight for wild species and places. Jennifer M. Bernstein, The Conversation, "Why ‘acting locally’ is impossible in an interconnected world," 28 Oct. 2019 Many environmentalists and climate activists have said the energy companies are doing too little and acting too late. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Oil sector climate initiatives target Texas coast and Gulf of Mexico," 24 Sep. 2019 The vehicle was so heavy its weight placed it beyond the reach of federal government rules for fuel-economy tests, further enraging environmentalists. David Welch, latimes.com, "An electric Hummer? GM ponders a clean revival of a gas guzzler," 18 June 2019 Question 3 is a complicated issue — many environmentalists opposed it — but ultimately, it was decisively defeated. David Roberts, Vox, "Fossil fuel money crushed clean energy ballot initiatives across the country," 7 Nov. 2018 Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer also spent big in the state, throwing $4.5 million into 14 different ads referencing energy and environment, including a 60-second spot focused entirely on climate change. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Climate change could be the difference in the Iowa caucuses," 3 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of environmentalist

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Environmentalist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/environmentalist. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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environmentalist

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English Language Learners Definition of environmentalist

: a person who works to protect the natural world from pollution and other threats

environmentalist

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en·​vi·​ron·​men·​tal·​ist | \ -ᵊl-əst How to pronounce environmentalist (audio) \

Medical Definition of environmentalist

1 : an advocate of environmentalism
2 : one concerned about environmental quality especially of the human environment with respect to the control of pollution

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