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 (ē′kō-tĕr′ə-rĭz′əm, ĕk′ō-)
Terrorism or sabotage committed in the name of environmental causes.

e′co·ter′ror·ist adj. & n.


1. (Environmental Science) terrorism aimed at preventing environmental destruction and hence usually targeting major polluters
2. (Law) terrorism aimed at preventing environmental destruction and hence usually targeting major polluters
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Noun1.ecoterrorism - violence carried out to further the political or social objectives of the environmentalists
act of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear
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Before he can even start searching for what might have downed the plane, Walker finds himself caught in the confounding (and deadly) cross fire between drone-deploying ecoterrorists, unstable frackers, ruthless drug smugglers, and armed miners pushed to the breaking point.
The word most likely to pop into your head when watching the Patrick Swayze-Keanu Reeves action flick Point Break is "Wow!" The word that continually springs to mind when enduring this rehash is "Why?" Luke Bracey, in Keanu's part, plays a trainee FBI agent sent to infiltrate a gang of ecoterrorists, headed by Edgar Ramirez, standing in for Swayze.
A good example arose in March 2014 when New Zealand officials revealed that ecoterrorists had threatened to contaminate infant formula from New Zealand with a rodenticide known as compound 1080.
(148) The actions of ecoterrorists seek to coerce enactment of specific policies or actions related to environmental protection through acts of violence and intimidation.
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The one thing Naomi and Frankie have in common, besides their mutual friend Dora, is that they are both being hunted and their only escape is threatened by a band of ecoterrorists. When Naomi escapes the Family under the cover of night, she heads down a path to meet up with people who have saved others from the trappings of that lifestyle.
Unfortunately there are ecoterrorists who object to the power such a park requires--and when one of them is killed trying to chain-saw power lines, the other is indicted for murder when he guns down a cop trying to stop his flight.
As highlighted elsewhere in this report, many animal rights extremists and ecoterrorists claim to avoid violent acts that directly target people.
Ecoterrorists target dams because they are large projects that symbolize man's arrogance and greed by dramatically altering "nature's course" to fulfill his selfish needs.
PEOPLES TRIBUNALS FOR ECOTERRORISTS: An injury to one is an injury to all!
in order to flesh out a novel about murderous ecoterrorists; one could
Flanagan stated that "the rapid expansion of natural resource industries in northern Alberta, accompanied by growing environmentalist and Aboriginal rights movements, raises issues of possible extra legal and even violent resistance to industrial development." Flanagan identified five potential sources of opposition: individual saboteurs, eco-terrorists, mainstream environmentalists, First Nations, and the Metis people; he concluded that Treaty 8 First Nations and ecoterrorists were the highest potential of trouble classifying both as "medium" risk.