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An environmentalist broadly supports the goals of the environmental movement, "a political and ethical movement that seeks to improve and protect the quality of the natural environment through changes to environmentally harmful human activities". An environmentalist is engaged in or believes in the philosophy of environmentalism.

Environmentalists are sometimes referred to using informal or derogatory terms such as "greenie" and "tree-hugger".

Notable environmentalists

Some of the notable environmentalists who have been active in lobbying for environmental protection and conservation include:

  • Swami Sundaranand (yogi, photographer and auther and mountainer)
  • Edward Abbey (writer, activist, philosopher)
  • Patriarch Bartholomew I (priest)
  • Ansel Adams (photographer, writer, activist)
  • Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad (environmental activist and economist of Bangladesh)
  • David Attenborough (broadcaster, naturalist)
  • John James Audubon (naturalist)
  • Eugene Pandala (architect, environmentalist, natural and cultural heritage conservator)
  • David Bellamy (botanist)
  • Wendell Berry (farmer, philosopher)
  • Stewart Brand (writer, founder of Whole Earth Catalog)
  • David Brower (writer, activist)
  • Lester Brown (environmentalist)
  • Shailene Woodley(actress)
  • Kevin Buzzacott (Aboriginal activist)
  • Helen Caldicott (medical doctor)
  • Rachel Carson (biologist, writer)
  • Candice Swanepoel (model)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio (actor)
  • Charles, Prince of Wales
  • Barry Commoner (biologist, politician)
  • Jacques-Yves Cousteau (explorer, ecologist)
  • Rolf Disch (environmentalist and solar energy pioneer)
  • René Dubos (microbiologist)
  • Paul R. Ehrlich (population biologist)
  • Hans-Josef Fell (German Green Party member)
  • Jane Fonda (actor)
  • Mizuho Fukushima (politician, activist)
  • Peter Garrett (musician, politician)
  • Al Gore (former Vice President of the United States)
  • James Hansen (scientist)
  • Denis Hayes (environmentalist and solar power advocate)
  • Nicolas Hulot (journalist and writer)
  • Naomi Klein (writer, activist)
  • Tetsunari Iida (sustainable energy advocate)
  • Aldo Leopold (ecologist)
  • A. Carl Leopold (plant physiologist)
  • James Lovelock (scientist)
  • Amory Lovins (energy policy analyst)
  • Hunter Lovins (environmentalist)
  • Caroline Lucas (politician)
  • Mark Lynas (journalist, activist)
  • Kaveh Madani (scientist, activist)
  • Peter Max (graphic designer)
  • Bill McKibben (writer, activist)
  • David McTaggart (activist)
  • Chico Mendes (activist)
  • George Monbiot (journalist)
  • John Muir (naturalist, activist)
  • Hilda Murrell (botanist, activist)
  • Ralph Nader (activist)
  • Gaylord Nelson (politician)
  • Alan Pears (environmental consultant and energy efficiency pioneer)
  • Jonathon Porritt (politician)
  • Phil Radford (environmental, clean energy and democracy advocate, Greenpeace Executive Director)
  • Bonnie Raitt (musician)
  • Theodore Roosevelt (former President of the United States)
  • Ken Saro-Wiwa (writer, television producer, activist)
  • E. F. Schumacher (author of Small is Beautiful)
  • Shimon Schwarzschild (writer, activist)
  • Vandana Shiva (environmental activist)
  • Gary Snyder (poet)
  • David Suzuki (scientist, broadcaster)
  • Henry David Thoreau (writer, philosopher)
  • Jo Valentine (politician and activist)
  • Dominique Voynet (politician and environmentalist)
  • Harvey Wasserman (journalist, activist)
  • Paul Watson (activist and lecturer)
  • Robert K. Watson (environmental advocate, founder of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
  • Franz Weber (environmentalist and animal welfare activist)
  • Shōzō Tanaka (politician and activist)
  • References

    Environmentalist Wikipedia