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Title: Unit 1: Introduction to Environmental Science


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Unit 1 Introduction to Environmental Science
  • Chapter 1 Section 1 Understanding our Environment

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Environmental Science
  • Environment (def)
  • Circumstances and conditions that surround an
    organism or group of organisms.
  • Including social and cultural conditions that
    affect an individual or community.

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Environmental Science
  • Environmental Science is the systematic study of
    our environment and our place in it.
  • Highly Interdisciplinary
  • Inclusive
  • Holistic
  • Mission-Oriented

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Goals of Environmental Science
  • To understand and solve environmental problems.
  • Environmental scientists study two main types of
    interactions between humans and their
    environment
  • 1) How our actions alter our environment.
  • 2) The use of natural resources.

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Environmental Science
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Many Fields of Study
Environmental science is an interdisciplinary
science, which means that it involves many fields
of study Ecology is the study of interactions
of living organisms with one another and with
their environment.
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Scientists as Citizens, Citizens as Scientists
  • Governments, businesses, and cities recognize
    that studying our environment is vital to
    maintaining a healthy and productive society.
  • Thus, environmental scientists are often asked to
    share their research with the world
  • Often, nonscientists observations are the first
    step toward addressing an environmental problem.

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What is Environmental Science
  • For an increasing number of environmental issues
    the difficulty is not to identify remedies.
    Remedies are well understood the problem is to
    make these remedies socially, economically and
    politically acceptable.
  • Barbara Ward Economist

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Remember
  • What is our proper place in nature?
  • What ought we do and what can we do to protect
    the irreplacable habitat that produced us and
    supports us?

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Criteria for Environmental Literacy
  • Awareness and appreciation of natural and built
    environments.
  • Knowledge of natural systems and ecological
    concepts.
  • Understanding of current environmental issues.
  • The ability to use analytical and problem-solving
    skills on environmental issues.
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