The moniker “environmentalist” is outdated today — a partisan word best relegated to the annals of 20th century American history.

Concern about the quality of the air we breathe, the quality and quantity of the water we need, and the clean-up and protection of wildlife and the environment are mainstream issues of discussion and decision. They’re no longer simply the cause celebre of “liberals” and “tree huggers.”

Reality in the 21st century is that Earth’s resources are finite. Pollution and overuse, population growth and escalating demands for limited supplies, a changing climate, and much more threaten many of the planet’s resources. The problem is global. We no longer have the luxury of labeling a person or an organization that urges conservation and/or clean-up of natural resources as “environmentalist.” Awareness of the issues and conservation have become necessities.

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