Let’s See Some Identification, Please

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?

Interested in other environmental issues? View this post and many others at www.greenphonebooth.com where I post as Mindful Echo.

3 thoughts on “Let’s See Some Identification, Please

  1. I think I am an environmentalist. I am certainly a humanist. We kind of need this one place we have to call home, right?

    We try to do our best at green living. I wish I had a house because I would be extremely green then.

    Of course, the snow has made not having a house seem less urgent. Holy hard to maintain!

    We try our best to make greener choices everyday. Some days are more successful than others.

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