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Human Environmental Interaction . Focuses on understanding the processes and patterns associated with Humans and the Environment interacting upon each other. Human - Cultural Characteristics. Technological Level Organizational level Political ideology Religious ideology Popular culture

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human environmental interaction

Human Environmental Interaction

Focuses on understanding the processes and patterns associated with Humans and the Environment interacting upon each other.

human cultural characteristics
Human - Cultural Characteristics
  • Technological Level
  • Organizational level
  • Political ideology
  • Religious ideology
  • Popular culture
  • Folkways
  • Linguistic traditions
  • Food-ways
  • Clothing traditions
  • Personal hygiene
  • Others
environmental characteristics
Environmental Characteristics
  • Elevation
  • Amount of sunshine
  • Temperature
  • Precipitation
  • Latitude: Seasons
  • Wind
  • Soils
  • Drainage & Drainage features (Rivers)
  • Slope
  • Vegetation
  • Rocks and Minerals
  • Other
questions
Questions
  • Will different religious groups interact with similar environments in the same way?
  • Will groups with different technological levels interact with the same environment in the same way?
  • What will happen when a human group enters a new environment?
    • What impacts might this new environment have upon the group’s culture?
    • What impacts might this group’s culture have upon the environment?
the u s culture impacting the environment
The U.S.: Culture Impacting The Environment
  • Mechanistic vs. Organic
    • Mechanistic: Humans are over the Earth
      • A willingness to modify the Earth
    • Organic: Humans are part of the Earth
      • Less willing to modify the Earth
  • The United States: A mechanistic society
    • Bureau of Reclamation: Damming Rivers and Irrigating the Desert
    • Removal of forests for agriculture
    • Draining of swamps
    • Building levees
    • Creation of artificial environments
u s environmental impacts on culture
U.S.: Environmental Impacts on Culture
  • The Eastern Woodsmen entered the Plains and tried to grow Humid Crops
    • Massive failures in the 1800
    • The Mennonites farmers introduced hard winter wheat and the Eastern Woodsmen changed their crop patterns
  • Growing of Blue Grass in Hays
    • Blue grass takes large amounts of water
    • Shortage of water in the 1980’s forced the reduction of Bluegrass yards
    • Today Buffalo or Fescue the primary preference for grasses
u s questions
U.S. Questions
  • Will global warming change Americans’ habits about the uses of cars?
  • Will global warming change Americans’ habits about the size of their homes?
  • Will the end of abundant low cost energy change the spatial aspects of cities?
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