List of Famous Environmentalists People

List of Famous Environmentalists

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List of famous environmentalists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top environmentalists in the world? This includes the most prominent environmentalists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable environmentalists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic environmentalists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned environmentalists.

These people, like Rachel McAdams and James Cameron include images when available.

From reputable, prominent, and well known environmentalists to the lesser known environmentalists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the environmentalist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous environmentalists ever?" and "What are the names of famous environmentalists?" then you're in the right place. (219 items)

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    Al Gore
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    Albert Arnold Gore, Jr., is an American environmental activist, author, businessperson, former politician and former journalist. He served as the forty-fifth Vice President of the United States from 1993 to 2001 under President Bill Clinton.more

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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Environmentalist, Advocate, Author, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Futurama: Bender's Big Score, An Inconvenient Truth, Recount, Johnny Cash's America
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    Theodore Roosevelt
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    Theodore "T.R." Roosevelt Jr. was an American politician, author, naturalist, soldier, explorer, and historian who served as the 26th President of the United States. He was a leader of the Republican Party and founder of the Progressive Party insurgency of 1912. He is known for his exuberant ...more

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    • Age: Died at 61 (1858-1919)
    • Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Statesman, Politician, Police officer, Historian, Conservationist, + more
    • Credits: Womanhood, the Glory of the Nation, President McKinley Inauguration
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    John Muir
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    John Muir was a Scottish-American naturalist, author, and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States. His letters, essays, and books telling of his adventures in nature, especially in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, have been read by millions. His activism helped to ...more

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    • Age: Died at 76 (1838-1914)
    • Birthplace: Dunbar, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Environmentalist, Inventor, Scientist, Geologist, Writer, + more
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    Rachel Carson
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    Rachel Louise Carson was an American marine biologist and conservationist whose book Silent Spring and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement. Carson began her career as an aquatic biologist in the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries, and became a full-time nature writer in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 57 (1907-1964)
    • Birthplace: Springdale, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Marine biologist, Biologist, Conservationist, Author, Essayist, + more
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    Edward Paul Abbey was an American author and essayist noted for his advocacy of environmental issues, criticism of public land policies, and anarchist political views. His best-known works include the novel The Monkey Wrench Gang, which has been cited as an inspiration by radical environmental groups, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 62 (1927-1989)
    • Birthplace: Home, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Environmentalist, Novelist, Author, Writer, Philosopher
    • Credits: Lonely Are the Brave, Fire on the Mountain
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    Wendell Berry is an American novelist, poet, environmental activist, cultural critic, and farmer. A prolific author, he has written dozens of novels, short stories, poems, and essays. He is an elected member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, a recipient of The National Humanities Medal, and the ...more

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    • Age: age 81
    • Birthplace: Kentucky, United States of America
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Author, Farmer, Writer
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    Harvey Benjamin Broome was an American lawyer, writer and conservationist. A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Broome was a founding member of The Wilderness Society, for which he served as president from 1957 until his death in 1968, and played a key role in the establishment of the Great Smoky Mountains ...more

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    • Age: Died at 66 (1902-1968)
    • Birthplace: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States of America
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    Erin Brockovich
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    Erin Brockovich-Ellis is an American legal clerk and environmental activist, who, despite the lack of a formal education in the law, was instrumental in building a case against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company of California in 1993. Since the release of the film that shares her story and name, she ...more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Lawrence, Kansas, United States of America
    • Profession: Paralegal, Businessperson, Environmentalist, Actor, Consultant, + more
    • Credits: Erin Brockovich, Final Justice with Erin Brockovich
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    Robert Marshall
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    Robert Marshall is a writer.more

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    • Age: Died at 38 (1901-1939)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Forester, Writer
    • Credits: In Darkness
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    Howard Zahniser

    Howard Zahniser
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    Howard Clinton Zahniser was an American environmental activist. For nearly 20 years, he helped lead The Wilderness Society, as executive secretary, executive director, and editor of The Living Wilderness, from 1945 to 1964. Zahniser is noted for being the primary author of the Wilderness Act of 1964.more

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    • Age: Died at 58 (1906-1964)
    • Birthplace: Franklin, Pennsylvania, United States of America
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    Sir David Frederick Attenborough OM CH CVO CBE FRS FZS FSA is an English broadcaster and naturalist. He is best known for writing and presenting the nine Life series, in conjunction with the BBC Natural History Unit, which collectively form a comprehensive survey of animal and plant life on the planet.more

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    • Age: age 89
    • Birthplace: Isleworth, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Environmentalist, Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Naturalist, + more
    • Credits: Planet Earth, Life on Earth, The Blue Planet, A Zed & Two Noughts, Natural World, + more
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    Benton MacKaye

    Benton MacKaye was an American forester, planner and conservationist. He was born in Stamford, Connecticut; his father was actor and dramatist Steele MacKaye. After studying forestry at Harvard University, Benton later taught there for several years. He joined a number of Federal bureaus and agencies, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 96 (1879-1975)
    • Birthplace: Stamford, Connecticut, United States of America
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    Robert Sterling Yard

    Robert Sterling Yard
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    Robert Sterling Yard was an American writer, journalist, and wilderness activist. Born in Haverstraw, New York, Yard graduated from Princeton University and spent the first twenty years of his career in the editing and publishing business. In 1915, he was recruited by his friend Stephen Mather to help ...more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1861-1945)
    • Birthplace: Haverstraw, New York, United States of America
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    Olaus Murie
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    Olaus Johan Murie, called the "father of modern elk management", was a naturalist, author, and wildlife biologist who did groundbreaking field research on a variety of large northern mammals. Rather than conducting empirical experiments, Murie practiced a more observational based science. Murie focused ...more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1889-1963)
    • Birthplace: Moorhead, Minnesota, United States of America
    • Profession: Forester, Wildlife biologist, Author
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    Rachel Anne McAdams is a Canadian actress. After graduating from a four-year theatre program at York University in 2001, she initially worked in Canadian television and film productions such as the drama film Perfect Pie, the comedy film My Name Is Tanino, and the comedy mini-series Slings and Arrows as ...more

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    • Age: age 37
    • Birthplace: London, Canada
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Mean Girls, The Notebook, Wedding Crashers, True Detective, Sherlock Holmes, + more
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    Pierce Brendan Brosnan, is an Irish-American actor, film producer and environmentalist. After leaving comprehensive school at 16, Brosnan began training in commercial illustration. He then went on to train at the Drama Centre in London for three years. Following a stage acting career he rose to ...more

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    • Age: age 62
    • Birthplace: Drogheda, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Activist, Businessperson, Film Producer, Actor, Artist
    • Credits: Mars Attacks!, Mrs. Doubtfire, GoldenEye, The World's End, Die Another Day, + more
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    James Cameron
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    James Francis Cameron is a Canadian filmmaker, inventor, engineer, philanthropist, and deep-sea explorer who has directed the two biggest box office films of all time. He first found major success with the science-fiction hit The Terminator. He then became a popular Hollywood director and was hired to ...more

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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: Kapuskasing, Canada
    • Profession: Environmentalist, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Inventor, + more
    • Credits: Titanic, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Avatar, The Terminator, Aliens, + more
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    Daryl Hannah
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    Daryl Christine Hannah is an American film actress. She is best known for her performances in the films Blade Runner, Splash, Roxanne, Wall Street, Steel Magnolias and Kill Bill. She is also an environmental campaigner who has been arrested for protests against developments that are believed by some ...more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois
    • Profession: Activist, Businessperson, Environmentalist, Film Producer, Actor
    • Credits: Blade Runner, Kill Bill Volume 1, Kill Bill Volume 2, Steel Magnolias, Splash, + more
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    Bette Midler, also known by her informal stage name The Divine Miss M, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, comedian, and film producer. In a career spanning almost half a century, Midler has been nominated for two Academy Awards, and won three Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, three Emmy ...more

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    • Age: age 70
    • Birthplace: USA, Honolulu, Hawaii
    • Profession: Activist, Comedian, Television producer, Entrepreneur, Singer-songwriter, + more
    • Credits: Oliver & Company, Hocus Pocus, Fantasia 2000, Get Shorty, Ruthless People, + more
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    Ed Begley, Jr.
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    Edward James "Ed" Begley, Jr. is an American actor and environmentalist. Begley has appeared in hundreds of films, television shows, and stage performances. He is best known for his role as Dr. Victor Ehrlich, on the television series St. Elsewhere, for which he received six consecutive Emmy Award ...more

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    • Age: age 66
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, California
    • Profession: Businessperson, Comedian, Television producer, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: This Is Spinal Tap, Batman Forever, Pineapple Express, NYPD Blue, Best in Show, + more
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