YKSVOKIAHCT... asked in Environment · 1 decade ago

what exactly does a environmentalist do???

if i wanna become a environmentalist, what course do i take in high school???

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Environmental engineers are involved in a wide variety of projects and activities. Many take part in the design, construction, maintenance, and operation of water filtration plants or sewage treatment facilities. Others deal with the collection, treatment, and disposal of solid waste (garbage). For instance, they may design composting systems or landfills. Some manage the treatment and storage of toxic or radioactive materials.

    Another part of their job is to assess the environmental impact of government and private sector projects. For example, if an oil company decides to build a new pipeline, an environmental engineer would evaluate the potential risks the project may cause to the surrounding environment. The engineer would also advise the company of any existing environmental policies that would affect the pipeline’s development.

    They also work in the areas of flood and erosion control, air quality control, and recycling management. The profession is a very dynamic one, and new challenges can arise every day.

    Environmental technicians collect and analyze samples to determine the extent of air, water, or soil pollution in a certain area. They are often concerned with problems such as hazardous waste management. Once they have determined the extent of contamination through special testing methods, they work with other environmental professionals (such as scientists and engineers) to control and prevent pollution.

    Examples of jobs in environmental technology include government inspectors who measure pollution from pulp and paper companies (for instance, the level of contamination in nearby streams); hazardous waste technicians who take soil samples from contaminated sites and oversee the safe disposal of this waste; and air monitoring technicians who research and develop new technology for the control of factory emissions. Those environmental technicians who spend most or all of their time in the lab analyzing samples are sometimes called chemical technologists.

    Regardless of which area they work in, all environmental technicians (or pollution control technicians, as they are sometimes called) operate and maintain field and lab equipment. They carefully examine the level of pollutants in the samples they collect, write reports on their findings, and make recommendations for changes. They may also be involved in the development of new technology that aids in the reduction of pollution.

    They usually just help the environment, and activists arrange the protests and press meetings for environmentalist results and ideas. Activist is a branch of environmentalist.

    You have to get a bachelors degree in order to get paid decently......

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  • 1 decade ago

    An environmentalist can do many things. Everything from the scientific method to the legal, to the individual. Since the science folks have answered, I'll rant on the social aspect of it.

    Individually, you can start a safe recycling program in your neighborhood if there isn't one. You can make sure your cars' tires are properly inflated. Buy from environmentally sound and conscientous companies. Reuse anything possible, grocery bags and other plastics. Or none at all Don't use nobiodegradeable styrofoam products. Carpool, bike or bus. All within your practical reach.

    On a larger note, you can go political. You can support environmentalist groups by volunteering your time and or donating money to their cause. My high school unfortunately did not have any environmental classes, but your best bet is to do well throughout the remainder of highschool while volunteering for any environmental organization. It's a great start, they'll tell you what is currently needed and you can decide whether you're interested.

    Law is the true source of change and there are many ways to go about it. Some people take to the streets protesting under different organizations, but I believe that right now the biggest thing in demand (in the environmentalist realm) is being a environmental legal attorney. With the increase of lawsuits against corporations and the government, there is a strong need for people who know environmental law, can make a case for it and win.

    Heck, you can even go ecoterrorist, but that'll just get you blacklisted and is often times illegal. Career suicide, better yet, stay away from it.

    You might want to repost your question in careers for a better answer too

    Best of luck.

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  • Marc G
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    1 decade ago

    It depends. Environmentalist is a very broad term. Many study in the biological and physical sciencs and then move into a more specific field that really interests them. Some study the social sciences and then move into environmental policy work. Envrionmentalists are spread out across a great variety of professions and industries.

    Chemists are working to find green methods of synthesis. Biologists are studying ecosystems and methods for protecting them. Statisticians work on modeling system behavior. Social scientists work to change attitudes and policy on teh governmental level. The list goes on and on.

    Pick a field that really interests you (Chem, Physics, Math, etc), study it, and then put your knowledge to work.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    broadly speaking an Environmentalist tries to protect the Environment from the harmfull effects of people ,or does things on the behalf of the Environment.

    and there are hundreds of aspects to this as well as specialisations

    such as forrest ,animals ,aquatic ,atmospheric .etc and these have there own catagories as well

    think of where you would like to be

    in the deserts,forrests ,on the water,or in a labaratory,even politics ,things like that and look for an educational program that covers that field.

    in highschool take everything they got that is relevant ,biology,zoology,chemistry ,you cannot know to much ,and all round information will help you the most later on when you start narrowing it down to a specific direction.

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  • 1 decade ago

    If you want to study environmental science, then you should study environmental or civil engineering with a background in chemical engineering, or environmental geology.

    If you want to "save the planet", then you need to go into law school and study how to enact law, lobby congress, and establish good law that will not put business out of business.

    So -- get a good foundation in math (all the way up to Calculus), Chemistry, English, and Physics.

    Good Luck and have fun in school.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    1)Raises unnecessary hysteria about things that are best left alone.

    2)Proposes highly restrictive, totalitarian government actions to deal with the problems invented or exaggerated in 1.

    3) Makes the rest of us live a more unpleasant life to satisfy their incessant need for power and recognition.

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