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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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After decades of butting heads, some environmentalists and logging supporters have largely come to agreement that forests need to be logged more to prevent large, deadly fires. Rebecca Ballhaus, WSJ, "Trump Threatens to Block Emergency Funds for California Fire Relief," 9 Jan. 2019 Little delta communities, small farmers and environmentalists are fighting the project. George Skelton, latimes.com, "What do Southern Californians really get out of Gov. Jerry Brown's twin tunnels project?," 12 July 2018 Scientists and environmentalists, until now, had only speculated that groundwater was likely polluted by the state's coal ash pits, the majority of which are unlined and are partially submerged in groundwater. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "New reports: Contaminants from coal ash at levels 40 times above safe drinking water standards," 28 Mar. 2018 Electric planes are still something of a pipe-dream for environmentalists and technologists. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Orkney Islands routes are front-runners for first commercial electric flights," 18 Oct. 2018 The decision was celebrated by environmentalists and residents who have campaigned for more than two decades against the facility, citing air and water pollution. Time, "India Permanently Closes Copper Plant in the Wake of Deadly Protests," 29 May 2018 The growth of the fishery has attracted the attention of some environmentalists. Washington Post, "Eels break records in Maine, where they sell for big money," 20 May 2018 Preserving the whales became an international cause, championed by environmentalists, scientists and the US government, and their population grew to about 275 in 1990 and 500 around 2010. Patrick Whittle, The Christian Science Monitor, "As right whales face extinction, activists buoy hope," 3 Apr. 2018 The organization said enforcement is further eroding under the Trump administration and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who has been widely criticized by environmentalists as favoring business. Frank Kummer, Philly.com, "Pa. second in U.S. for excessive industry discharges into waterways, says report," 27 Mar. 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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