Environmentalism refers to a collective set of perspectives and actions that together represent an approach (rather than a single movement) to the environment. This article explores environmentalism by examining its origins, varying definitions, development, and manifestations and demonstrates how environmentalism is developing in society today.

Origins of Environmentalism

Unlike many other terms with the ending “-ism,” environmentalism is neither conceptually coherent nor manifested in a discrete movement. Indeed, there is no definitive time at which we can determine its origin. This imprecise nature of the term reflects the subject matter of environmentalism, which is concerned with our relation to and interpretation of the natural environment. Accordingly, the first major issue that scholars have tackled is how society–nature relations have come to be represented in something termed environmentalism. ...

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