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Do you describe yourself as a environmentalist?

FireFire LondonPosts: 7,629
edited 21 February in The potting shed
Not could, should or would, but do you?
I'm not much interested in how your definitions.

Do you describe yourself as a environmentalist? 31 votes

64% 20 votes
35% 11 votes


  • BenCottoBenCotto RutlandPosts: 2,157
    I would say I am environmentally aware and act on that awareness. For me environmentalist carries baggage of proselytising zeal.
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 16,808
    No, I drive a car and have central heating. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 17,944
    According to the Cambridge English Dictionary definition, yes - with a heavy emphasis on the words “interested in” and “tries”.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • OmoriOmori The NorthPosts: 826
    I answer yes because I believe in it and I do my best, but fall short in many ways. I would never outright say I am one though (outside of this poll) because then your life gets nit picked for any failings and you get called a hypocrite, etc, but I think all you can do is try in what areas are achievable for you. 

    Why are you asking this poll?
  • PurpleRosePurpleRose North YorkshirePosts: 423
    I would not normally describe myself as an environmentalist, however I did click yes as I have an awareness that the environment has been damaged in many ways. In ways that I can, I do my bit to help the environment. I refuse what I can, I follow local council instructions for recycling, I have a compost heap and in my garden I do what I can to attract pollinators, insects etc..I always try to find solutions that will have the least impact on the environment 
  • edhelkaedhelka GwyneddPosts: 1,545
    I don't like labels.
  • B3B3 Posts: 15,766
    ists and isms make me uncomfortable too.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 4,045
    Yes, unequivocally. I work to protect the environment, I live as sustainably as I can whilst still being in the modern world and still working. I don't knit my own yoghurt, I don't have unlimited funds, but I chose what I spend my money on with care. It's often least worst, there's not always a good option, if you look at the whole picture.
    But I'm not embarrassed to say I am an environmentalist because I do actively work to reduce carbon emissions, not only my own, but many of yours, as well.
    “It's not worth doing something unless someone, somewhere, would much rather you weren't doing it.” ― Terry Pratchett
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 5,616
    I'm so environmental that I have a photo of Gretha Thunberg on a shelf in my office. It's actually the back cover of a book but it's a great photo and I keep it on show because it looks like she's silently judging me for forgetting to check for palm oil in the ingredients on packets of biscuits and stuff like that. 
    Environmentalism is all relative though. I think I'm probably the most environmentally minded person I know and yet I often think I'm living nowhere near as responsibly as I should be. It annoys the hell out of me that I make a lot of lifestyle sacrifices to try and be more responsible but the vast majority of people I see are still unwilling to go so far as reusing a shopping bag. I imagine though that there are a great many people who would look down on me for not doing more.
  • Mr. Vine EyeMr. Vine Eye Posts: 1,284
    I am one...but I wouldn’t describe myself as one.

    But like others have said, l care and with my actions always try and think what will be best for or have least negative impact on the environment. I felt awful seeing all the plastic that was left on my plot to break up into tiny pieces. But we spent weeks collecting it all.

    I also got fed up of feeling sad on local walks to find litter absolutely everywhere so now take a folding litter picker and a bag most times I go out.

    I think the world is divided into a large group of people that exist...but don’t really interact positively with the world around them, they live in their own little physical and mental bubble with little regard for others or their environment - (experiencing this first hand right now as you know!) - and then people who do have an awareness of others and try to act in a way that benefits themselves AND others.

    I wouldn’t label them though.

    Well... I lie. I may often label the first group with an expletive or two! 😂
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