A while back, when I was updating my blog and Twitter profiles, I decided to include “environmentalist” in my bios. At the time though, typing the word did give me pause. Am I an environmentalist? I mean, it’s not my profession; I didn’t study it in school. Am I even allowed to use this term?
It’s easy enough to say I’m into green living, eco-friendly, sustainable living, and so on, and so on. All those adjectives become a bit cumbersome though. I like that environmentalist is succinct and encompasses all the other terms.
To cover my bases, I did a bit of searching to see how others were using the term. I was relieved to discover that, with my beliefs and practices, I could, indeed, claim environmentalist as an identity!
Dictionary.com came to my rescue with their second definition:
The Encyclopaedia Britannica provides a thorough and in-depth explanation of the discipline, where I am also able to see myself:
Of course, everyone’s go-to reference these days, Wikipedia, needs to be included in this list: (click image to view larger)
After this quick web research I decided I felt good about labelling myself as an environmentalist. I still continue to qualify it as just an “everyday environmentalist” in casual conversation and add in some other descriptions for clarity sake.
I encourage other green-living folks to stand up and shout out if you too are living green. Identify!
So tell me, how do you identify yourself in the context of eco-conscious, sustainable, environmentally-friendly living?