Our EnvironmentMeeran Ali AhmadIX th –ARoll no.-08
What is an ENVIRONMENT?• An "environment" is the whole ofsurrounding things. Surroundings are definedby a central entity. In ecology, environmentrefers to the surroundings of humankind.Generally, environment refers to thebiological, physical and social things on theearth or in inhabitable space outside theearths atmosphere.
Environmental Issues• How bad is the damage to ecosystems?• Is the Earth overpopulated?• Are we running out of Energy Resources?• Can we feed ourselves, sustainably?• What’s the “truth” about climate change?• Why are we so wasteful?• Are we poisoning our air?• Are we causing the extinction of species?• What can you do to help?
Environment health and safety• Environmental health and safety can only be achieved ifanyone of us understands responsibilities that arenecessary if we want to make our environment safe andhealthy. Environmental health and safety is the firstrequired step needed for successful environmentprotection. As said before in order to ensure maximumefficiency of different environmental health and safetyprograms it is vital to include as many people as possible.To make our environment safe and healthy we need toprevent entrance of different hazardous materials. Suchhazardous materials are for instance asbestos, lead, mold,and different other types of waste that could influence onhealth and safety of our environment.
How you can help your environment...• The best way to help our environment is to develop globalecological conscience and establish a new set of values where ourenvironment and nature in general would rank above money andpower. However, in a world driven primarily by the hunger formoney such ideas are nothing but a nice dream and an utopia. Theenvironmental condition of our planet gets worse by the each day;the negative impact of climate change is already knocking on ourdoor, theres also a huge biodiversity loss because many plants andanimals are going extinct, water and air pollution is killing millionsof people across the globe, and our forests, especially rainforestsare disappearing.
What is the environment in thecontext of health?In the medical sense, the environment includes the surroundings,conditions or influences that affect an organism (Davis, 1989). Alongthese lines, Last (2001) defined the environment for the InternationalEpidemiological Association as: "All that which is external to the humanHost can be divided into physical, biological, social, cultural, etc., any or allof which can influence health status of populations …". According to thisdefinition, the environment would include anything that is not genetic,although it could be argued that even genes are influenced by theenvironment in the short or long-term.
A Conceptual FrameworkThe ultimate goal of environmentaleducation is to produce individuals whoexhibit the “4 A’s.”• Awareness• Appreciation• Advocacy• Activism
Good and Bad news aboutEnvironmentGood news• World food production tripledsince 1950.• Overall food prices fell.• World grain supplies were atnear record highs because oftechnological innovations.• Diets in MDCs are at an all-time caloric high.• Per acre production is veryhigh.Bad news• Population growth rate isfaster than “food growth.”• Food prices are rising now.• Per capita grain supplies arefalling at 1% per year.• 2 billion people in the worldare undernourished.• Damage to soils andpollution are increasing
Our Waste Stream• 38 % paper products• 13 % yard waste• 10 % food wastes• 9 % plastics• 8 % metals• 6 % glass• 5 % wood• 10 % other(Nearly all of these wastes could be recycled, butonly about 25% actually are done)• A Total Haul of over 200 MILLION tons per year; 2/3 of a tonper person per year!
Conclusion• We have to protect our environment andmake it sustainable for our future generations.We have borrowed it from ourforefathers.Mother Earth has nurtured usfrom our childhood and now its time we repayit back. We must remember that nature cansurvive without us but we cannot survivewithout it.