SCIENCE, SOCIETY, AND THE ENVIRONMENT I. Anna Kajzer SC 1101. What is Environmental Science?. Study of how the natural world works, how our environment affects us, and how we affect our environment.
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(Environmentalism is a social movement dedicated to protecting the natural world from undesirable changes brought about by human choices).
Why environmental science tries to answer the question of whether the natural systems of the planet can sustain current and future populations?
The ecological footprint is the sum of the amount of Earth’s surface “used” once all direct and indirect impacts are totaled.
It expresses the environmental impact of an individual or a population by the cumulative amount of land and water required to provide the raw materials they consume and to recycle the waste they produce.
They used these calculations to determine that we are depleting our resources about 30% faster than they are being replenished.
Soil conservation, irrigation, and organic methods are improving agriculture.
1. Look at the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund Sites in Georgia.
2. Conduct an Internet search of Easter Island. What is it like today? How many people live there? What are the main resources?