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

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Participate in reef restoration and beach clean-up projects alongside Puerto Rican environmentalists, and go swimming and snorkeling in the Caribbean. National Geographic, "Puerto Rico High School Community Service," 12 June 2019 The Northwest timber wars were still flaring, though the epic battle over the region’s remaining old-growth forests had already tilted in favor of environmentalists. Sandi Doughton, The Seattle Times, "Sam Wasser might be the ‘guru of doo-doo,’ but his research ignites serious passions," 19 May 2019 Keystone XL has already faced numerous legal and political hurdles, and has become a rallying cry for environmentalists who want to keep fossil fuels in the ground. Miguel Bustillo, WSJ, "Keystone XL Pipeline Faces Uncertain Future," 9 Nov. 2018 Attorneys for the environmentalists who sued over the project were weighing whether to appeal, said Jonathan Proctor with Defenders of Wildlife. Matthew Brown, The Seattle Times, "US agencies win fight over Yellowstone dam, endangered fish," 24 July 2018 That’s not quick enough for environmentalists or many in the clean energy industry, who have pushed relentlessly for annual increases of 2 to 3 percentage points. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, "Here’s the clean energy news you probably missed last week," 29 May 2018 McDonald’s shareholders rejected a proposal to phase out plastic straws, according to the Associated Press, marking a setback for environmentalists who had hoped to reduce the amount of waste produced by the fast-food giant. Sarah Gray, Fortune, "McDonald's Shareholders Vote to Keep Plastic Straws, Despite Activist Demands," 24 May 2018 Phelim McAleer and Jonathan Leaf wrote their new play based on the 1993 case Donziger vs. Chevron Corp., which seemed a major victory for environmentalists hoping to preserve Ecuador’s rain forests — until their lawyer got caught bribing judges. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF International Arts Festival opens with dance," 22 May 2018 For some radical environmentalists, the notion that culling humans may be good for animals makes intuitive sense. The Economist, "How war affects wildlife," 11 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of environmentalist

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of environmentalist

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


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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