Famous American Environmental Activists

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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 
Erin Brockovich
(Environmental Activist)
Erin Brockovich
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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.

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Daryl Hannah
(Actress Best Known for Her Role in the Films: 'Kill Bill', 'Blade Runner' and 'Splash')
Daryl Hannah
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Birthdate: December 3, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Daryl Hannah is best known for her Saturn Award-winning performances as Madison in Splash and Elle Driver in the Kill Bill movies. In 2017, she claimed she had been sexually harassed by Harvey Weinstein in the past. Hannah is a vegan and has struggled with autism in childhood.
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Timothy Treadwell
(Environmentalist)
Timothy Treadwell
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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.

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Jack Hemingway
(Conservationist, Writer)
Jack Hemingway
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Birthdate: October 10, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: December 1, 2000
 5 
Jill Stein
(Member of the Lexington Town Meeting from the 2nd Precinct (2005 - 2010))
Jill Stein
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Birthdate: May 14, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Jill Stein is a physician who later became the presidential nominee for the Green Party in the 2012 and 2016 elections. She has also been the Green-Rainbow Party's candidate for the governorship of Massachusetts in 2002 and 2010. She believed in the Green New Deal, including climate change reforms.
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Laurie David
(Environmental Activist)
Laurie David
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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.

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Tiya Sircar
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Real Eleanor’ in the TV Series ‘The Good Place’)
Tiya Sircar
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Birthdate: May 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tarrant County, Texas, United States
Tiya Sircar is an American actor of Indian Bengali descent, who is known for her roles in the series The Good Place and the Netflix film Good Sam. She has also voiced Sabine Wren in Star Wars Rebels. The website Beauty Blitz named her their guest celebrity editor. 
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T. Boone Pickens
(Entrepreneur)
T. Boone Pickens
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Birthdate: May 22, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Holdenville, Oklahoma, U.S.
Died: September 11, 2019
 9 
Charles Robert Redford Jr.
(Actor, Director and the Founder of the ‘Sundance Film Festival’)
Charles Robert Redford Jr.
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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.

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Ronen Rubinstein
(best known for his roles as Nathan in the Netflix series Orange Is The New Black)
Ronen Rubinstein
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Birthdate: November 7, 1993
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rehovot, Israel
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Marc Randolph
(Entrepreneur)
Marc Randolph
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Birthdate: April 29, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chappaqua, New York, United States
 12 
Jane Fonda
(Actress)
Jane Fonda
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Birthdate: December 21, 1937
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Jane Fonda is hailed as one of the best actresses ever and has won two Oscars. She has acted in popular and acclaimed films like Barefoot in the Park, Barbarella, Klute, Coming Home, Julia, The Morning After, The China Syndrome and California Suite. She’s also known for her exercise videos and is famous for her opposition to the Vietnam War.

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Shailene Woodley
(Actress Best Known for Her Film 'The Fault in Our Stars' and TV Series 'Big Little Lies')
Shailene Woodley
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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

 14 
Dennis Kucinich
(Politician)
Dennis Kucinich
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Birthdate: October 8, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
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Lady Miss Kier
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Birthdate: August 15, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Youngstown, Ohio, USA
Patrick Hemingway
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Birthdate: June 28, 1928
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kansas City
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Peter Benchley
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Birthdate: May 8, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, U.S.
Died: February 11, 2006
 18 
Eustace Conway
(Naturalist)
Eustace Conway
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Birthdate: September 15, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Columbia, South Carolina, United States
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Douglas Tompkins
(Entrepreneur)
Douglas Tompkins
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Birthdate: March 20, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Conneaut, Ohio, United States
Died: December 8, 2015
 20 
Isra Hirsi
(American Environmental Activist)
Isra Hirsi
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Birthdate: February 22, 2003
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Isra Hirsi is an American environmental activist best known for co-founding the U.S. Youth Climate Strike, where she also serves as co-executive director. A self-described communist, Isra Hirsi was named in Fortune magazine's 40 Under 40 list in 2020.

 21 
Gary Snyder
(American man of letters)
Gary Snyder
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Birthdate: May 8, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Francisco
 22 
Aldo Leopold
(American Author & Environmentalist Who is Best Known for His Book 'A Sand County Almanac')
Aldo Leopold
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Birthdate: January 11, 1887
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Burlington
Died: April 21, 1948
 23 
Nicole Hernandez Hammer
(Climatologist and Activist)
Nicole Hernandez Hammer
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Birthplace: Guatemala
 24 
Julia Butterfly Hill
(Environmental Activist)
Julia Butterfly Hill
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Birthdate: February 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mount Vernon, Missouri, United States
 25 
Philippe Cousteau Jr.
(Oceanographer and Environmental Activist)
Philippe Cousteau Jr.
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Birthdate: January 20, 1980
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States

Known for the documentary Ocean's Deadliest, which he co-hosted with Steve Irwin, oceanographer Philippe Cousteau Jr. also earned an Emmy nomination for his work in Awesome Planet. The grandson of naval officer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Philippe had lost his father, sailor and filmmaker Philippe Cousteau, 6 months before his birth.

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Alexandra Cousteau
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Birthdate: March 21, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles County, California, United States
 27 
David Brower
(Cinematographer, Ski mountaineer)
David Brower
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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.  

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Dorothy Stang
(Activist)
Dorothy Stang
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Birthdate: June 7, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States
Died: February 12, 2005
 29 
Amory Lovins
(Physicist, Writer)
Amory Lovins
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Birthdate: November 13, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Washington, D.C.
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Linda Hogan
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Birthdate: July 16, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States
 31 
Carol Browner
(Attorney and politician)
Carol Browner
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Birthdate: December 16, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
 32 
George Perkins Marsh
(Environmentalist)
George Perkins Marsh
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Birthdate: March 15, 1801
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Woodstock, Vermont, United States
Died: July 23, 1882
 33 
Wanjira Mathai
(Environmentalist)
Wanjira Mathai
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Birthdate: 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kenya
 34 
Charles J. Moore
(Oceanographer)
Charles J. Moore
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Birthplace: United States
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Lise Van Susteren
(Psychiatrist, Environmental Activist)
Lise Van Susteren
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Birthdate: March 7, 1951
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Appleton, Wisconsin, United States
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LaDonna Brave Bull Allard
(Historian, Activist)
LaDonna Brave Bull Allard
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Birthdate: June 8, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Fort Yates, North Dakota, United States
Died: April 10, 2021
 37 
Christian J. Lambertsen
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Birthdate: May 15, 1917
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Westfield, New Jersey, United States
Died: February 11, 2011
 38 
Fatima Jibrell
(Environmentalist)
Fatima Jibrell
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Birthdate: December 30, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sanaag, Somalia
 39 
Russell W. Peterson
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Birthdate: October 3, 1916
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Portage, Wisconsin, United States
Died: February 21, 2011
 40 
Rosalie Edge
(Women’s Right Activist & Environmentalist)
Rosalie Edge
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Birthdate: November 3, 1877
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: United States of America
Died: November 20, 1962
 41 
Jim Bohlen
(Engineer)
Jim Bohlen
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Birthdate: July 4, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States
Died: July 5, 2010

Initially an engineer in the US, Jim Bohlen had also worked with the US navy and defense departments, before moving to Canada due to his lack of faith in the American government’s nuclear policy. He later gained fame as one of the co-founders of Greenpeace and as a Green Party activist.

 42 
James F. Phillips
(Environmentalist)
James F. Phillips
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Birthdate: November 20, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Aurora, Illinois
Died: October 3, 2001
 43 
Edgar Wayburn
(Environmentalist)
Edgar Wayburn
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Birthdate: September 17, 1906
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Macon, Georgia, United States
Died: March 5, 2010
 44 
Hazel Wolf
(Environmentalist)
Hazel Wolf
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Birthdate: March 10, 1898
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Victoria, Canada
Died: January 19, 2000