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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Wheelchair users are environmentalists, too — but how about a little accessibility on a level playing field? Sylvia Longmire, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Final straw for wheelchair users: BYOS or you’re out of luck," 10 July 2018 That aspect has attracted the support of Senate Democrats such as Whitehouse and Cory Booker of New Jersey who are ardent environmentalists. Ledyard King, USA TODAY, "Bipartisan approach to combat climate change is stuck in Congress," 24 Jan. 2018 After living for years in the midst of burgeoning Clermont, the couple, both environmentalists, learned of this rare property that had not been part of the state purchase when the conservation area became public land. Lauren Ritchie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "St. Johns water district planning five years of sand-hauling for Lake Norris area residents," 2 July 2018 Regardless, environmentalists seized on the moment as evidence that investing in desalination isn’t a good deal for ratepayers. Joshua Emerson Smith, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego's efforts to divest from rival L.A. water agency have driven up rates for residents. Is it worth it?," 1 July 2018 For environmentalists, who've argued for decades that the state needs to do more to monitor and clean its water, the bloom is just the latest evidence of the state's failure to address its polluted water. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Massive and toxic algae bloom threatens Florida coasts with another lost summer," 29 June 2018 But Grasberg has also long been a target for environmentalists, indigenous and separatist groups and human-rights watchdogs. Danielle Bochove, Bloomberg.com, "Giant Waste-Spewing Mine Turns Into a Battleground in Indonesia," 5 June 2018 An ardent environmentalist, Dehoon grew up in Russia, lived in Iran and France, and has worked as a draftsman, secretary, seamstress, beautician, and aide for youngsters with special needs. Kevin Riordan, Philly.com, "Painting portraits, she draws the life stories of South Jersey seniors | Kevin Riordan," 18 May 2018 The judge upset environmentalists, for instance, with rulings against Obama-era regulations of toxic air pollution from power plants and efforts to cut emissions of heat-trapping gases. Ann E. Marimow, chicagotribune.com, "5 things to know about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh," 9 July 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 \

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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