I’m not sure that the term ‘tree-hugger’ can be traced back to any particular person, but it originated in disputes between loggers and environmentalists who were opposing logging operations. A common practice was for groups of protestors to surround a tree and link arms to prevent that tree from being cut down – ‘hugging trees’ literally. The term was originally used as derogatory slang by logging proponents.
The term tree hugger was influenced by the Chipko movement influenced by Mohandas Gandhi. They set up a peaceful resistance to deforestation by literally hugging trees which lead to the term “tree huggers”
The Oxford English Dictionary’s first citation for the word “tree-hugger” comes from a 1965 article in an Appleton, Wisconsin newspaper. As paolomiguel said, it became more widely used after the rise of the Chipko movement in the early 1970s.
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