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I'm looking for a noun to describe a person who lives in a way that actively benefits people and planet, or at least lives in a way that does no harm.
'Altruist' is the closest I've got so far, but a) perhaps it has anthropocentric connotations and b) I'd like a more commonly used word, that most readers would understand.

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    A lot of words like benevolent, big-hearted, kind, compassionate fit your context arguably well. Please consider adding more details and an usage example so that you can narrow down on the possible answers.
    – BiscuitBoy
    Commented Sep 15, 2016 at 7:09
  • If you eventually decide that there’s perhaps no perfect noun, you could form a compound adjective to modify “person” by sticking “[-]conscious” after the most appropriate word (or abbreviation thereof as in, for the environment (& the people in it?), “an eco-conscious person”). Using such an adjective might convey (or at least allow) the “at least … does no harm” notion better than a specific noun that could perhaps [over-]emphasize the “actively benefits” notion more than you really seem to want to.
    – Papa Poule
    Commented Sep 15, 2016 at 17:54

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You should check philanthropist.

M-W:

philanthropist noun

one who makes an active effort to promote human welfare : a person who practices philanthropy

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  • This answer seems very anthropocentric, a connotation the OP doesn't want. Nevertheless, it is a good answer. Commented Oct 8, 2016 at 19:47
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Environmentalist may be a good fit, as this relates more to the state of the planet and is less centred on humans.

1 : an advocate of environmentalism

2 : one concerned about environmental quality especially of the human environment with respect to the control of pollution

(Merriam-Webster)

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