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Introduction to Environmental Science

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Transcript of Introduction to Environmental Science

SCIENCE
ENVIRONMENTAL
On your own...
Write your definition of the
ENVIRONMENT
? Be as specific as possible.
WHAT IS
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
?
Ultimate Goal:
Create
environmentally sustainable societies
Overview of Class
TWO COMPONENTS
Ecology
Environmental Science
Environmentalism
Distinguish between...
Why should you and I study Environmental Science?
Introduction to Environmental Science
Ecology
Environmental Science (Human Effect)

Sustainability
Natural Capital
Human activities degrade natural capital
Solutions
What does this mean?
Natural Resources
Natural Resources

Natural Services
Ecological Footprint
All
living
and
nonliving
things in an area
living things =
BIOTIC factors
nonliving things =
ABIOTIC factors
How these living and nonliving things
interact

What is
sustainability
?
Using only
just enough

resources
for survival and ensuring the success of future generations of
ALL species
Renewable
Nonrenewable
Perpetual
Natural Services
Any
PROCESS

that occurs in nature
Not
an
object
Tend to be
objects
Human demand on nature
Creating Environmentally Sustainable Societies
(3 Steps)
Understanding Nature (
Natural Capital
)
Understanding how the actions of humans harm nature (
Human Degradation AND over-consumption
)
Creating ways to reduce human harm to nature (
Solutions
)
ENVIRONMENT
Environmental Science is the study of how
HUMANS
affect the environment.
Then what is the study of
just
the environment?
The study of the
all

BIOTIC
and
ABIOTIC
factors in an area and
how
these factors

interact

with one another
The study of how humans affect the environment
A strong movement, belief system, and lifestyle geared toward preserving the environment
The world around us is changing rapidly due to human activity.
We should work
WITH
the environment rather than working
AGAINST
it.
3 PRONGS OF SUSTAINABILITY
The Environment!
Humans tend to use more resources than they need to survive.
OVER-CONSUMPTION
WHAT?!? Not me!
A person's ecological footprint is how many resources that person consumes for their
food, water, shelter, transportation, goodies, and waste disposal.
How can we create the most environmentally sustainable societies?
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