"Environmentalist" - short definition.

A counter-culture or a sub-culture, a person, well-meaning, and varied in degrees of dedication towards the theorized problems on Earth and the environment.

What most environmentalists have in common is a communal, casual concern through an individual to almost religious zeal, roughly based upon the 1960's industrial and cultural backlash. Such persons can be as moderate as a person who occasionally donates to an environmentalist fund and generally agrees with such notions, to extremists such as Greenpeace and the Earth Liberation Front, which have a history of interference and even endagerment of it's opponents. Many environmentalists are classified as being "liberal" or "democrat," in the United States, with a few fringe groups on the contrary to that generalization.

Such popular ideals of current environmentalism is endangered animal recognition, global warming, deforestation and ozone layer depletion. There is a small U.S. political party dedicated to generalized environmentalist organization, the "Green Party," known as "Greens" and "Greenies," headed by Ralph Nader. While the party is growing in strength, it's standpoint has much more been attributed towards "swinging" the vote either for or against the other two major American political parties, Republicans (conservative) and Democrats (liberal), et al.

Worldwide, they currently have to battle politics, science, and opinion based upon cabinets and legislation, and private-sector funding which battles both sides of any given issue. Their biggest enemies are industry and economics from mining, fishing, ranching, farming, and oil production, right-wing politics and the so-called "science community." The lack of solid scientific proof on either side of any of their issues has perhaps not given overall credibility towards their plight, which largely makes people "environmentalist" in term only, or less likely to take up such a position. This has perhaps weakened their numbers, along with a generally non-results oriented way of politicking, where proof of their success is hard to determine.

Their success is largely in such groups as the World Wildlife Fund, which is one of the largest wild animal protective agencies, creation of the government's Environmental Protection Agency (the EPA), and recently, Earth Share, a centralized organization which places emphasis on organizing major environmental causes and groups.

Regardless the opinion of environmentalists, or their naysayers, their future will largely be based upon political trend, societal awareness, science favor, and long-term earthly consequences. Any factor could enhance or eliminate such belief and belonging to this group.
by Kyle Weiss January 30, 2006
A person who lives in a nice timber and stone house filled with wooden furniture, who advocates a total ban on cutting trees and mining. This person is inevitably a city-dweller, but acts as if he knows what is best for people in rural environments, especially those dependent on timber cutting or mining. This makes an environmentalist as popular as a turd in the punch bowl in rural places. An environmentalist uses liberal judges sitting in courts of law, rather than the legislative process, to shove his plans down everyone else's throat.

Recently, some environmentalists have recognized that they do not appeal to rank and file citizens of the USA. This is good news.

Compare an environmentalist with a conservationist, a person who wants to protect natural resources without trampling on everyone else's property rights. Typical conservationists are hunters, fishermen, campers, and hikers.
Environmentalists recommend turning grizzly bears loose in populated areas of Colorado. They do not advocate turning grizzly bears loose in populated areas of Massachusetts. "Not in MY back yard, they say."
by Cap'n Bullmoose May 06, 2005
An intelligent human being who believes that human interests are not always in the best interests of human beings themselves (in the long run, of course) or other species. Although there are some impressionable airheaded environmentalists, the majority are scientifically informed and dedicated to their cause. Many things that environmentalists have worked for have also benefitted mankind, such as restrictions on pollution, which can cause deformities at birth.
There are two kinds of environmentalists- shallow environmentalists, who believe that nature should be preserved because of its beauty or value to mankind, and deep environmentalists, who think that nature has value in itself,

Gandhi was an environmentalist as well as peace-activist.
by anarchistpudding October 14, 2005
Someone who says we should stop watching so much TV and get out into the wilds, and talks of wind farms as the next big thing in Green, Earth-friendly energy generation, until those techie eggheads actually build wind farms, at which point the environmentalist starts talking about how all those whirling blades pose a threat to bird life and interfere with the energies in a little old lady's television. They used to do everyone a favour trying to save whales and reminding the public of the evils of pollution and tropical deforestation. Now they prefer to chow down on maize that has been so mutated it needs human farmers to help it reproduce, and milk from cows with huge swaying udders who wouldn't last a tap on the savannahs of Africa, often themselves dressed in wool stolen from similarly unnatural sheep, while getting everyone riled up about the alleged satanic evil of genetic engineering. Gimme the old days when Greenpeace were risking their lives before the harpoons of Russian and Japanese whalers, rather than risking the sanity of Western civilisation.
Let's do the environmentalist two-step, honey.
by Fearman August 02, 2007
Tree hugger who opposes the advancement of civilization, industry and business.
Environmentalists have prevented this country from producing oil in quantity to meet our needs. Thank an environmentalist for the price you pay at the pump for gasoline.
by BabyTaylor March 26, 2008
a paranoid individual who thinks everything causes cancer.
would you like to sign a petition to ban dihydrogen monoxide?! it's a commonly used substance!!!

that's water you dumbass environmentalist.
by david smith, jr. April 21, 2008
1.) An emotionally and socially dysfunctional person, driven by irrational desire(s) to put the entirety of humanity and the technology and innovation that brought society to the current peak of development out of comission for the sake of being "green".

Much like a schizophrenic, environmentalists defend their beliefs by citing paranoid ideation and theory with no basis in reality.

Environmentalists have banded together, using theatrics, literature, and pop culture to manipulate, guilt, and decieve the unsuspecting into setting aside perfectly good lifestyles, products, and manufacturing processes for inefficient, overly costly, and counterproductive ways in the name of being "green".

It should be noted that the use of "me too" advertising, elitism, and pop culture depiction of green as "hip" and "cool" has met with varying success toward those with limited mental fortitude, although igniting a backlash amongst the more intellecturally capable.

2.) A social status seeker (see: conformist) with little technical grasp of the underlying concepts, attempting to jump on the green bandwagon in a misguided attempt to become "hip" or "cool".
Jane was an environmentalist; she drove a Toyota Prius plastered with liberal bumper stickers and looked down her nose at everybody else who didn't.

So blinded by her self righteous status seeking crusade was she, that as Jane looked down her nose at the beat up 80's CRX passing by, she failed to realize that not only did it return 10 more MPG on two decade old technology, but was paid for and already returning savings to its owner. It also did none of the environmental damage that Janes Prius did, having already been manufactured some 20 years ago.
by C2Y March 29, 2009
Someone who would rather NOT have everyone on earth get cancer from UV rays, boil to death from global warming, or die from toxic gas left by nukes. This is hard for them to do because people don't seem to care about them.
We showed those environmentalists! Forget the environment! Let it die! Who needs-*Boils to death*
by Party Pooper March 20, 2004

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