Environmental Activists

An environmental activist may refer to a person who advocates and works for the cause of protecting the natural environment from various forms of destruction and degradation. An activist may be strongly passionate about conservation of the environment, its improvement, preservation, pollution control and plant and animal diversity. An environmental activist works for various environmental issues and campaigns including climate change, sustainable development, sustainable agriculture, waste management and renewable sources of energy among others. The need to protect the environment in various ways was recognized as early as 1272, when King Edward I of England forbid the practice of burning of sea coal. While during the Industrial Revolution in Europe, pollution in the air was one of the mainly recognized environmental problems of that time. The term environmentalism, originated in the year 1922 as a social movement with the main objective of influencing political process related to the environment. Environmental activists in the 21st century have been using the internet effectively, to create awareness about environment related issues and launch various environmental campaigns. Learn more intriguing and informative facts about some of the world’s most famous environmental activists, with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

 1 Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

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Famous As: Environment Activist & Attorney
Birthdate: January 17, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

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. 

 2 Tulsi Gabbard

Tulsi Gabbard
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 12, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 3 Charles Robert Redford Jr.

Charles Robert Redford Jr.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 18, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

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.

 4 Greta Thunberg

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Famous As: Environmental Activist
Birthdate: January 3, 2003
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Swedish

Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg is known for her straightforward speaking manner in which she addresses world leaders for failing to take sufficient action regarding the climate change issue. She is considered a youth icon for starting the movement Fridays for Future. She has been included in Time magazine's 100 most influential people list.

 5 Shailene Woodley

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Famous As: Actress, Activist
Birthdate: November 15, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

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

 6 Ghislaine Maxwell

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Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: December 25, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: French, British, American

Daughter of publishing tycoon, late Robert Maxwell, Ghislaine Maxwell is a socialite infamous for her involvement with the convicted sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein. Charged with sex trafficking of minor girls, she is under investigation by the US Virgin Islands Department of Justice.

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 7 Woody Harrelson

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Famous As: Actor, Activist
Birthdate: July 23, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

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.

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 8 Mark Ruffalo

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 22, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

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.

 9 Walton Goggins

Walton Goggins
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 10, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 10 Dick Strawbridge

Dick Strawbridge
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Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: September 3, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

 11 Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong'o
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 1, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Kenyan, Mexican

Lupita Nyong'o is one of the most popular black actresses of all time. The first Kenyan-Mexican actress to receive the prestigious Academy Award, Lupita Nyong'o has often been named in lists, such as the world's most beautiful woman. In 2020, she was named by Forbes magazine as one of Africa's 50 Most Powerful Women.

 12 Erin Brockovich

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Famous As: Environmental Activist
Birthdate: June 22, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

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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 13 Anni-Frid Lyngstad

Anni-Frid Lyngstad
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 15, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Norwegian, Swedish

 14 Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood
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Famous As: Writer, Environmental Activist
Birthdate: November 18, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian

Margaret Atwood is a Canadian poet and novelist. Her works encompass themes, such as religion and myth, climate change, and gender and identity. An award-winning writer, many of Atwood's works have been made into films and television series; her work, The Handmaid's Tale, has had several adaptations. Perhaps, Margaret Atwood's most important contribution is her invention of the LongPen device.

 15 Mena Suvari

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 13, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
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.

 16 Emily Swallow

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 18, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

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.

 17 Joan Chandos Baez

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 9, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

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.

 18 Kate Bolduan

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 28, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
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.

 19 Lola Van Wagenen

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Famous As: Historian, Activist
Birthdate: November 30, 1938
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

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.

 20 Q'orianka Kilcher

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 11, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German

 21 Dennis Weaver

Dennis Weaver
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 4, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: February 24, 2006

 22 Will Estes

Will Estes
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 21, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 23 Sylvia Earle

Sylvia Earle
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Famous As: Marine biologist
Birthdate: August 30, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 24 Timothy Treadwell

Timothy Treadwell
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Famous As: Environmentalist
Birthdate: April 29, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: October 6, 2003

 25 Bianca Jagger

Bianca Jagger
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 2, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Nicaraguan, British

 26 Lina Esco

Lina Esco
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 14, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 27 Laurie David

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Famous As: Environmental Activist
Birthdate: March 22, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 28 Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark

Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark
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Famous As: Eldest Son of Queen of Denmark Margrethe II
Birthdate: May 26, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Danish

 29 William O. Douglas

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Famous As: Former Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court
Birthdate: October 16, 1898
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: January 19, 1980

 30 Ally Walker

Ally Walker
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 25, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 31 David Oakes

David Oakes
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

 32 Cassidy Freeman

Cassidy Freeman
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 22, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 33 Ryuichi Sakamoto

Ryuichi Sakamoto
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: January 17, 1952
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Japanese

 34 David Mayer de Rothschild

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Birthdate: August 25, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

 35 Maneka Gandhi

Maneka Gandhi
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Famous As: Politician, Animal Rights Activist
Birthdate: August 26, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Indian

 36 Baba Amte

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Birthdate: December 26, 1914
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian
Died: February 9, 2008

 37 Alexandra Paul

Alexandra Paul
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 29, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 38 Charlotte Casiraghi

Charlotte Casiraghi
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Famous As: Editor-at-large, Equestrian Sports Ambassador
Birthdate: August 3, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Monacan

 39 Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai
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Famous As: Nobel Peace Prize Winner
Birthdate: April 1, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Kenyan
Died: September 25, 2011

 40 Dennis Kucinich

Dennis Kucinich
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 8, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 41 Lady Miss Kier

Lady Miss Kier
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 15, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 42 Edmund Muskie

Edmund Muskie
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 28, 1914
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: March 26, 1996

 43 Jack Hemingway

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

 44 Jimmy McNichol

Jimmy McNichol
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Famous As: Actor, Singer
Birthdate: July 2, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 45 David Suzuki

David Suzuki
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Famous As: Academic, Enviromental Activist
Birthdate: March 24, 1936
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Canadian

 46 T. Boone Pickens

T. Boone Pickens
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: May 22, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: September 11, 2019

 47 George Monbiot

George Monbiot
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Famous As: Journalist, University teacher, Activist, Writer
Birthdate: January 27, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

 48 Vandana Shiva

Vandana Shiva
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Famous As: Philosopher, Physicist, Writer, University teacher
Birthdate: November 5, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian

 49 Zach Callison

Zach Callison
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 23, 1997
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 50 Ben Goldsmith

Ben Goldsmith
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Famous As: Environmentalist
Birthdate: October 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
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