en·​vi·​ron·​men·​tal·​ist | \in-ˌvī-rə(n)-ˈmen-tə-ləst, -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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Of the judges who made Trump’s shortlist, Kavanaugh was viewed as the most troublesome for environmentalists, said Jody Freeman, the founding director of Harvard’s Environmental and Energy Law Program. Benjamin Hulac, Scientific American, "Kavanaugh’s Environmental Rulings Worry Climate Advocates," 10 July 2018 In addition, the California Department of Public Health will start scanning Parcel A using using sodium iodide detectors — a method that some environmentalists have said wouldn’t accurately determine the safety of the environment. J.k. Dineen, SFChronicle.com, "Building paused as questions linger over contamination at SF’s Hunters Point," 28 June 2018 But just as the Clearwater sloop aims to educate the next generation of environmentalists, the Clearwater Festival uniquely showcases some of most notable young artists on the rise, amid multiple generations of performers across cultures. Thom Duffy, Billboard, "40th Clearwater Festival Honors Pete Seeger's Legacy With Songs of Joy and Defiance," 18 June 2018 Once a rare sight, electronic billboards that flash new ads every few seconds have sprouted up by the hundreds along California freeways in recent years, much to the alarm of environmentalists and traffic-safety experts. Patrick Mcgreevy, latimes.com, "Digital billboards have nearly tripled along California freeways — and state officials are proposing more," 17 June 2018 Opposition Mounts At present, a number of lawsuits brought by environmentalists and Native American tribes are moving through the courts seeking to have restore federal protection for grizzlies, which would result in sport hunts being halted. National Geographic, "Yellowstone-Area Grizzly Bears to Be Hunted for First Time in Decades," 24 May 2018 But environmentalists said there's still a long way to go since the enzyme only works on one type of plastic. CBS News, "Could a tiny enzyme eradicate plastic garbage plaguing the world’s oceans?," 18 Apr. 2018 The Trump administration has moved to open more lands to mining, drilling and logging, to the cheers of land-rights activists and commercial interests and the dismay of environmentalists. Julie Turkewitz, The Seattle Times, "Newly freed, rancher Cliven Bundy gets a hero’s welcome in Montana," 23 Jan. 2018 But the state's proposal is lacking, according to environmentalists. Brad Schmidt, OregonLive.com, "Environmentalists want Oregon to eliminate lead exposure at day cares," 20 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


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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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