broad philosophy, ideology and social movement concerning environmental wellbeing

Environmentalism is both a philosophy and a social movement that is about protecting nature. It advocates helping to preserve, protect, and restore the natural environment from damage.[1] Environmentalists often talk about threats to the earth from pollution, climate change and overpopulation. Environmentalism is both personal and political. In their own lives, environmentalists do things that are better for the earth, such as recycling, using natural products, and supporting businesses that try not to harm the environment. Politically, they support laws that help the environment, like laws against pollution.

The famous Blue Marble photograph

The word Environmentalism comes from 'environmental' and '-ism'. 'Environmental' is the chemical, physical, and biological components of the environment while '-ism' is a suffix used to create action nouns out of verbs.


Further reading


Differing arguments

  • "Michael Crichton: Is environmentalism a religion?". Dr Jay Lehr. cfact.org. 13 April 2021.


  1. "Definition of ENVIRONMENTALISM". www.merriam-webster.com.