Famous American Environmental Activists

When did you last open your eyes and admired the bounteousness of nature? Probably, not even once in the past decade or so! How many of you have actively worked for plant a tree campaign? May be one out the hundred or even thousand reading this piece! How many of you have in your own small way contributed for pollution control? None! How many of you have been complaining of global warming and its effects? Almost all, isn’t it? If the indifferent attitude towards environment and the surroundings go by the rate, it wouldn’t be long when the environment that we live in today wouldn’t be life-friendly. It is here that environmental activists come to foray – they not just help conserve and protect the environment but also work for its improvement. An environmental activist may work for several issues and campaigns – climate change, waste management, sustainable development, renewable source of energy and so on. America has been reeling from the issues of environmentalism, and it is here that environmental activists play their role. From America’s first woman to its President, actors to musicians, journalists to philanthropists, many of them have turned to become environmental activists. Through their work, they have been raising awareness and consciousness of saving the planet from the brutalities. Check out this segment to find out in details about American environmental activists, their life and their campaigns.

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 1 Shailene Woodley

Shailene Woodley.
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Famous As: Actress, Activist
Birthdate: November 15, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Bernardino County, California, United States

A child model at four and a television actor at eight, Shailene Woodley began working early and found fame with The Descendants, The Spectacular Now and the Divergent film series. She later gained tremendous appreciation for her work in the movie The Fault in Our Stars and HBO series Big Little Lies. The award winning actress is also an environmentalist and activist

 2 Erin Brockovich

Erin Brockovich.
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Famous As: Environmental Activist
Birthdate: June 22, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lawrence, Kansas

Legal consultant, environmental activist, and consumer activist Erin Brockovich is known for suing California-based Pacific Gas & Electric Company, alleging them of contamination of water with hexavelent chromium, in 1993. Her story inspired the Julia Roberts-starrer 2000 movie Erin Brockovich. She has written two books and hosted TV shows, too.

 3 Joan Chandos Baez

Joan Chandos Baez.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 9, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Staten Island, New York, United States

Singer, songwriter, musician, and activist Joan Baez has been active in the music world for over six decades. She emerged as a major musical figure in the counterculture era of the 1960s. Her music encompasses various genres like pop, folk-rock, country, and gospel music. She is involved in civil rights, human rights, and environmental activism as well.

 4 Walton Goggins

Walton Goggins.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 10, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Walton Goggins is best known for his Emmy-nominated performance in Justified and has also played a long-running role in The Shield. His short film The Accountant won an Academy Award. He is an avid traveler and photographer, too, and also co-owns the spirits company Mulholland Distilling.

 5 Mark Ruffalo

Mark Ruffalo.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 22, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States

An actor best known for playing Bruce Banner / Hulk in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero films, Mark Ruffalo has been active in Hollywood for over three decades. Even though he began acting in the late 1980s, he started getting noticed for his skills only in the 2000s. He has been nominated for numerous awards, including an Academy Award.

 6 Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio.
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Famous As: Actor, Film Producer
Birthdate: November 11, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hollywood, California, U.S.

Leonardo DiCaprio is a name every movie lover reveres. An Oscar, a BAFTA, and 3 Golden Globes does not do justice to DiCaprio’s immensely skilful performances and his top-notch portrayals of addicts, historical figures and business tycoons. From epic dramas and romances to crime and political thrillers, DiCaprio has constantly left a mark in each of his films.

 7 Will Estes

Will Estes.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 21, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
Will Estes began his career as a child actor and appeared in quite a few commercials. His roles in Kirk and The New Lassie earned him Young Artist Award nominations. He later gained fame as Jameson "Jamie" Reagan in Blue Bloods and as JJ Pryor in American Dreams.
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 8 Dennis Weaver

Dennis Weaver.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 4, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Joplin, Missouri, United States
Died: February 24, 2006
Dennis Weaver is best known as Chester Goode/Proudfoot from Gunsmoke and as Deputy Marshal Sam McCloud from McCloud. He initially ran track and field, but his failure to qualify for the U.S. Olympic decathlon team made him join films. He had also been the president of the Screen Actors Guild.

 9 Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 13, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

With an extensive career spanning six decades, veteran actor Harrison Ford is a major figure in Hollywood. The recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Cecil B. DeMille Award, he is one of the highest-grossing domestic box office stars of all time. Besides acting, he is a licensed pilot of both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters.

 10 Laurie David

Laurie David.
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Famous As: Environmental Activist
Birthdate: March 22, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Long Island, New York, United States

Laurie David is an American environmental activist best known for producing An Inconvenient Truth, a documentary film that has been credited for reenergizing the environmental movement and raising public awareness on global warming. In 2003, she was honored with the Children's Nature Institute's Leaf Award for her efforts to educate young children about our environment.

 11 Ally Walker

Ally Walker.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 25, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tullahoma, Tennessee, US

 12 Emily Swallow

Emily Swallow.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 18, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Emily Swallow is an American actress known for portraying prominent roles in popular TV series, such as The Mentalist and Supernatural. After starting her career in Broadway, Emily Swallow has managed to successfully establish herself in the American TV industry.

 13 Bernie Sanders

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 8, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

The current junior US Senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders is the longest-serving nonpartisan politician in the history of the United States Congress. Sanders is an ardent advocate of progressive policies and is well-known for his opposition to neoliberalism and economic inequality. He also supports paid parental leave, universal and single-payer healthcare, and labor rights.

 14 Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

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Famous As: Environment Activist & Attorney
Birthdate: January 17, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

A well-known environmental attorney and an activist, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has tirelessly worked for prosecuting governments and companies responsible for polluting environment and waterbodies like the Long Island Sound and Hudson River. Moreover, he has written books and articles on issues affecting the environment. Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s work have won him prestigious awards and inspired numerous films and documentaries. 

 15 Ed Begley Jr.

Ed Begley Jr.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 16, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

American actor and environmentalist, Ed Begley Jr., is perhaps best known for playing the role of Dr. Victor Ehrlich on the NBC medical drama series St. Elsewhere. Equally at home on big screen, he has worked in numerous feature films, also appearing in award-winning mockumentaries like Reboot Camp.  An environmentalist since 1970, he has authored several books on the subject.

 16 Woody Harrelson

Woody Harrelson.
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Famous As: Actor, Activist
Birthdate: July 23, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Midland, Texas, United States

Actor Woody Harrelson has been active in the entertainment world for over 40 years now. The son of a convicted hit-man, he had a difficult childhood and grew up in poverty. However, he was determined to build a good life for himself and earned a BFA in theater before venturing into acting. He is a vegan and an environmental activist.

 17 Jack Hemingway

Jack Hemingway
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Famous As: Autobiographer
Birthdate: October 10, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Toronto
Died: December 1, 2000

 18 Mena Suvari

Mena Suvari.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 13, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Mena Suvari soared to fame with her SAG Award-winning role of Angela Hayes in American Beauty. Fans also loved her in the American Pie movies and the horror anthology American Horror Story. She also appeared as Edie in Six Feet Under. Mena endorses Lancôme cosmetics and uses cruelty-free products only.

 19 Timothy Treadwell

Timothy Treadwell.
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Famous As: Environmentalist
Birthdate: April 29, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Long Island, New York, United States
Died: October 6, 2003

Timothy Treadwell is best remembered for his work on Alaskan bears. He founded the organization Grizzly People and lived among bears in the Katmai National Park for 13 years. In 2003, he and his girlfriend were killed and eaten by a brown bear. He inspired the documentary Grizzly Man.

 20 Charles Robert Redford Jr.

Charles Robert Redford Jr..
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 18, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States

Charles Robert Redford Jr. is a retired actor, activist, and director. He is credited with founding the Sundance Film Festival and was named in Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people in the world in 2014. For his contributions to arts, Charles Robert Redford Jr. was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016.

 21 Lola Van Wagenen

Lola Van Wagenen.
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Famous As: Historian, Activist
Birthdate: November 30, 1938
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Provo, Utah, United States

Lola Van Wagenen is an American historian who is credited with co-founding non-profit educational organizations like Consumer Action Now (CAN) and Clio Visualizing History, Inc. Consumer Action Now went on to establish several environmental education and consumer-oriented programs in an attempt to raise awareness about the effects of consumers' buying habits on the environment.

 22 Kate Bolduan

Kate Bolduan.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 28, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Goshen, Indiana, United States
The youngest morning show anchor on any major TV network, Kate Bolduan is an eminent American broadcast journalist for CNN. She covered the 2016 U.S Presidntial campaign for a global audience, as the anchor of CNN international program called State of America with Kate Bolduan.

 23 Lina Esco

Lina Esco
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 14, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, USA

 24 Cassidy Freeman

Cassidy Freeman.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 22, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 25 Tulsi Gabbard

Tulsi Gabbard
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 12, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Leloaloa, American Samoa

Born in American Samoa and raised in Hawaii, US Representative Tulsi Gabbard formed the environmental non-profit Healthy Hawai’i Coalition as a teenager. At 21, she was the youngest member of the Hawai‘i State Legislature. A US Army major, she later became the first Hindu to be part of Congress.

 26 Sylvia Earle

Sylvia Earle
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Famous As: Marine biologist
Birthdate: August 30, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gibbstown, New Jersey, U.S.
Sylvia Earle is known for her research on marine algae and she was the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Earle held the world record for the deepest untethered dive and was named by Time Magazine as its first Hero for the Planet, in 1998. She also featured in Netflix Original documentary Seaspiracy.

 27 Alexandra Paul

Alexandra Paul.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 29, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York, New York

As a budding model, Alexandra Paul decided to reject an offer from Stanford University to focus on a career in acting. She is best known to fans for her 5-year-long stint as Lt. Stephanie Holden in the internationally renowned series Baywatch. She is also a marathon runner and an avid swimmer.

 28 T. Boone Pickens

T. Boone Pickens
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: May 22, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Holdenville, Oklahoma, U.S.
Died: September 11, 2019

 29 William O. Douglas

William O. Douglas.
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Famous As: Former Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court
Birthdate: October 16, 1898
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Minnesota, United States
Died: January 19, 1980

 30 Marc Randolph

Marc Randolph
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: April 29, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chappaqua, New York, United States

 31 Zach Callison

Zach Callison.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 23, 1997
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States

Best known for voicing Steven Universe in the TV series and film franchise of the same name, Zach Callison had started acting at age 7. He has also voiced Billy Batson in several DC films, appeared in the series The Goldbergs, and released alternative rock and rap rock singles.

 32 Douglas Tompkins

Douglas Tompkins
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Famous As: entrepreneur, environmentalist
Birthdate: March 20, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ohio
Died: December 8, 2015

 33 Lady Miss Kier

Lady Miss Kier
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 15, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Youngstown, Ohio, USA

 34 Eustace Conway

Eustace Conway.
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Famous As: Naturalist
Birthdate: September 15, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Columbia, South Carolina, United States

 35 Patrick Hemingway

Patrick Hemingway
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Birthdate: June 28, 1928
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kansas City

 36 Dennis Kucinich

Dennis Kucinich
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 8, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA

 37 Peter Benchley

Peter Benchley
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 8, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, U.S.
Died: February 11, 2006

 38 Aldo Leopold

Aldo Leopold.
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Birthdate: January 11, 1887
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Burlington
Died: April 21, 1948

 39 Gifford Pinchot

Gifford Pinchot
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Famous As: Forestry scientist
Birthdate: August 11, 1865
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Simsbury, Connecticut, United States
Died: October 4, 1946

 40 Jimmy McNichol

Jimmy McNichol
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Famous As: Actor, Singer
Birthdate: July 2, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles

 41 Gary Snyder

Gary Snyder.
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Famous As: American man of letters
Birthdate: May 8, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Francisco

 42 Laurance Rockefeller

Laurance Rockefeller.
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Famous As: Venture Capitalist & Environmentalist
Birthdate: May 26, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City
Died: July 11, 2004

 43 Julia Butterfly Hill

Julia Butterfly Hill
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Famous As: Environmental Activist
Birthdate: February 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mount Vernon, Missouri, United States

 44 Dorothy Stang

Dorothy Stang
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: June 7, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States
Died: February 12, 2005

 45 Philippe Cousteau, Jr.

Philippe Cousteau, Jr.
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Famous As: Environmental Advocate
Birthdate: January 20, 1980
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, U.S.

 46 Linda Hogan

Linda Hogan
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: July 16, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States

 47 Amory Lovins

Amory Lovins
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Famous As: Physicist, Writer
Birthdate: November 13, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

 48 David Brower

David Brower
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Famous As: Cinematographer, Ski mountaineer
Birthdate: July 1, 1912
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Berkeley
Died: November 5, 2000

Prominent environmentalist and world-class mountaineer, David Brower became aware of the environmental issues through his proximity to nature, eventually joining Sierra Club, serving it in different capacities over a long period before establishing several organizations of his own. Author of three autobiographies, he fought to keep dams out of the Grand Canyon and was thrice nominated for Nobel Peace Prize.  

 49 George Perkins Marsh

George Perkins Marsh
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Famous As: Environmentalist
Birthdate: March 15, 1801
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Woodstock, Vermont, United States
Died: July 23, 1882

 50 Carol Browner

Carol Browner
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Famous As: Attorney and politician
Birthdate: December 16, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States