If you're a true environmentalist, you care deeply enough about the natural world to make protecting it a real priority. You may even have made it your life's work.

These days, there's no shortage of work for the world's environmentalists. What with climate change, oil spills, gas drilling, deforestation, and species decline (just to name a few), there's almost no time to breathe. Show me an environmentalist with nothing to do, and I'll show you someone who isn't paying attention. Environmentalists — people who work to protect the environment — often work hand in hand with conservationists, whose job is to protect and maintain as much of the natural world as possible.

Definitions of environmentalist

n someone who works to protect the environment from destruction or pollution

Rachel Louise Carson
United States biologist remembered for her opposition to the use of pesticides that were hazardous to wildlife (1907-1964)
Baroness Jackson of Lodsworth
English economist and conservationist (1914-1981)
an environmentalist who belongs to the Green Party
tree hugger
derogatory term for environmentalists who support restrictions on the logging industry and the preservation of forests
Type of:
crusader, meliorist, reformer, reformist, social reformer
a disputant who advocates reform

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