en·​vi·​ron·​men·​tal·​ism | \ in-ˌvī-rə(n)-ˈmen-tə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce environmentalism (audio) , -ˌvī(-ə)r(n)- \

Definition of environmentalism

1 : a theory that views environment rather than heredity as the important factor in the development and especially the cultural and intellectual development of an individual or group
2 : advocacy of the preservation, restoration, or improvement of the natural environment especially : the movement to control pollution

Examples of environmentalism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Today, Black women are reshaping the future of environmentalism in every field, from ecology to fashion and beyond. Leah Thomas, Vogue, 22 Apr. 2022 Perhaps the most relevant layer, right now, is the environmentalism. Angela Watercutter, Wired, 7 Oct. 2021 Winners are chosen for their contributions to environmentalism, and awarded £1 million to continue their work. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 14 Apr. 2022 Her commitment to environmentalism has influenced most aspects of her life, but particularly her understanding the fashion industry. Vogue, 7 Apr. 2022 Five winners will be selected each year for their contributions to environmentalism. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, 26 Mar. 2022 In Colombia, Gustavo Petro is the frontrunner for the presidency on a ticket of environmentalism. Andrew Rosati, Bloomberg.com, 11 Mar. 2022 Making their own macramé owls was a convergence of environmentalism, individualism, and a romance for handmade items. Leanne Potts, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Mar. 2022 While most brands don’t have a connection to space, the consumer interest in it does suggest an even broader appreciation and awareness of environmentalism, sustainability, and our place in the universe. Mary Meehan, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of environmentalism

1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Environmentalism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/environmentalism. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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en·​vi·​ron·​men·​tal·​ism | \ -ˌvī-rən-ˈment-ᵊl-ˌiz-əm, -ˌvī(-ə)rn- How to pronounce environmentalism (audio) \

Medical Definition of environmentalism

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