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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Daryl Hannah
(Actress)

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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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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Walton Goggins
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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.

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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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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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Ed Begley Jr.
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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.

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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
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Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
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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. 

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Lina Esco
(Actress)

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

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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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 & Environmental Activist)

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

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Sylvia Earle
(Marine biologist)

Sylvia Earle
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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.

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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

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Tulsi Gabbard
( First Hindu Member of U.S. Congress)

Tulsi Gabbard
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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.

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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

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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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Daniel Fredinburg
(Google executive)

Daniel Fredinburg
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Birthdate: September 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mission Viejo, California, United States
Died: April 25, 2015

Daniel Fredinburg was an American climate activist, Google executive, explorer, inventor, and entrepreneur. He was credited with co-inventing over 12 software technologies that were recognized and patented by Google. Daniel Fredinburg also served as the head of privacy at Google X before his untimely and tragic death caused by head injuries during an avalanche, at the age of 33.

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

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

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Dennis Kucinich
(Politician)

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

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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

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Isra Hirsi
(Co-founder and served as the co-executive director of the U.S. Youth Climate Strike)

Isra Hirsi
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Birthdate: February 22, 2003
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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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

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

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Gifford Pinchot
(Forestry scientist)

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

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Gary Snyder
(American man of letters)

Gary Snyder
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Birthdate: May 8, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Francisco

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Nicole Hernandez Hammer
(Climatologist and Activist)

Nicole Hernandez Hammer
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Guatemala

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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

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Philippe Cousteau, Jr.
(Environmental Advocate)

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

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

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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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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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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

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

 37 
Carol Browner
(Attorney and politician)

Carol Browner
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Birthdate: December 16, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States

 38 
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

 39 
Wanjira Mathai
(Environmentalist)

Wanjira Mathai
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Birthdate: March 15, 1801, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kenya

 40 
Charles J. Moore
(Oceanographer)

Charles J. Moore
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: United States

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René Dubos
(Microbiologist)

René Dubos
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Birthdate: February 20, 1901
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint-Brice-sous-Forêt, France
Died: February 20, 1982

 42 
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

 44 
Fatima Jibrell
(Environmentalist)

Fatima Jibrell
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Birthdate: December 30, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sanaag, Somalia

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Christian J. Lambertsen
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Birthdate: May 15, 1917
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Westfield, New Jersey, United States
Died: February 11, 2011

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Russell W. Peterson
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Birthdate: October 3, 1916
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Portage, Wisconsin, United States
Died: February 21, 2011

 47 
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

 48 
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.

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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

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Hazel Wolf
(Environmentalist)

Hazel Wolf
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Birthdate: March 10, 1898
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Victoria, Canada
Died: January 19, 2000