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.

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 1 Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg.
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Famous As: Environmental Activist
Birthdate: January 3, 2003
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

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.

 2 Steve Irwin

Steve Irwin.
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Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: February 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Upper Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia
Died: September 4, 2006

Australian Steve Irwin was a world famous, high-spirited, lively host of The Crocodile Hunter television series. A conservationist, he was also part of other shows and documentaries on wildlife and environment. He was known for close encounters with some of the most dangerous and endangered animals in various jungles. He died after being pierced in the chest by a stingray barb while filming in Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

 3 Pierce Brosnan

Pierce Brosnan.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 16, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Drogheda, Ireland

Irish-American actor and film producer Pierce Brosnan is best known for playing secret agent James Bond in the Bond film series. As a young man, he trained at the Drama Centre London and made his acting debut soon after. First gaining fame as a TV actor, he didn’t take long to enter films as well.

 4 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

 5 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.

 6 Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood.
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Famous As: Writer, Environmental Activist
Birthdate: November 18, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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.

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 7 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.

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 8 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.

 9 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.

 10 Princess Diana

Princess Diana.
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Famous As: Member of the British Royal Family
Birthdate: July 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sandringham
Died: August 31, 1997

The first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, Princess Diana was a member of the British royal family. As a princess, she became known for her unconventional approach to charity work. She was celebrated as a style icon and fashionista as well. She divorced Charles in 1996 and died in a tragic car accident the following year.

 11 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.

 12 Anni-Frid Lyngstad

Anni-Frid Lyngstad
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 15, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bjørkåsen, Ballangen, Norway
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 13 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.

 14 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.

 15 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.

 16 Q'orianka Kilcher

Q'orianka Kilcher
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 11, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Schweigmatt, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

 17 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.

 18 Ally Walker

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

 19 Bernie Sanders

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.

 20 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.

 21 Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

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. 

 22 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.

 23 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.

 24 Charlotte Casiraghi

Charlotte Casiraghi.
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Famous As: Editor-at-large, Equestrian Sports Ambassador
Birthdate: August 3, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Princess Grace Hospital Centre, La Colle, Monte Carlo, Monaco
Charlotte Casiraghi, daughter of Caroline, Princess of Hanover, and Italian industrialist Stefano Casiraghi, has worked as a journalist with magazines such as Above and has also launched her own publication, Ever Manifesto. She is also a skilled equestrian and has founded the philosophy-oriented group Les Rencontres Philosophiques de Monaco.

 25 Jack Hemingway

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

 26 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.

 27 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.

 28 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.

 29 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.

 30 Ali Hewson

Ali Hewson.
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: March 23, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

Ali Hewson is an Irish businesswoman and activist. In the 1990s, Hewson joined the anti-nuclear movement and started working with activists like Adi Roche. In 2002, she played a key role in organizing campaigns against the Sellafield nuclear facility in England. As a businesswoman, Hewson has co-founded a skincare company and a fashion label called Nude skincare and EDUN respectively.

 31 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.

 32 Lina Esco

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

 33 Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong'o.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 1, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

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.

 34 Cassidy Freeman

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

 35 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.

 36 Zuzana Čaputová

Zuzana Čaputová
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 21, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia

 37 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.

 38 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.

 39 Maneka Gandhi

Maneka Gandhi.
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Famous As: Politician, Animal Rights Activist
Birthdate: August 26, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Delhi, India

 40 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

 41 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

 42 David Suzuki

David Suzuki.
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Famous As: Academic, Enviromental Activist
Birthdate: March 24, 1936
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vancouver
Best known for the CBC show The Nature of Things, Canadian environmental activist David Suzuki has also been a genetics and zoology professor. The UN Environment Programme Medal winner has been a major force against global warming and has written several books, such as An Introduction to Genetic Analysis.

 43 Marc Randolph

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

 44 Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai.
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Famous As: Nobel Peace Prize Winner
Birthdate: April 1, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ihithe village, Tetu division, Nyeri District, Kenya
Died: September 25, 2011

Wangari Maathai was a Kenyan environmental, social, and political activist. She achieved popularity after becoming the first African woman to be honored with the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize. She is credited with founding a non-governmental organization called The Green Belt Movement (GBM), which focuses on women's rights and environmental conservation.

 45 Bob Irwin

Bob Irwin
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Famous As: Naturalist
Birthdate: June 8, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Melbourne

 46 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.

 47 Ryuichi Sakamoto

Ryuichi Sakamoto
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: January 17, 1952
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

 48 Izabella Miko

Izabella Miko
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 21, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Łódź, Poland

 49 David Mayer de Rothschild

David Mayer de Rothschild
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Birthdate: August 25, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London

 50 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
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