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Importance of natural environments summary

  1. 1. The importance of the natural environment for INDIVIDUALS
  2. 2. Place for Recreation <ul><li>People need places to remove themselves from everyday life activity </li></ul><ul><li>Place to undertake positive risk taking activities </li></ul><ul><li>Places to relax and challenge our senses </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: </li></ul><ul><li>Employment and commercial products may arise from these activities </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Potential loss - result in some destructive risk-taking behaviours, increased levels of stress for individuals, decrease productivity </li></ul><ul><li>Examples </li></ul>
  4. 4. Inspiration and creativity <ul><li>Aesthetic appreciation </li></ul><ul><li>People enjoy marveling at the beauty of nature </li></ul><ul><li>People also get creative ideas from experience the outdoors, which has both a cultural value, in helping understand our society and economic value. </li></ul><ul><li>Examples </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Potential loss - result in boredom and financial loss . </li></ul>
  6. 6. Education <ul><li>We need places to learn about nature as we are dependant on nature, and we need places to learn about ourselves. </li></ul><ul><li>People value knowing about places they have visited </li></ul><ul><li>People desire knowledge about the out door environment </li></ul><ul><li>This can occur formally (school) or informally, (visitor center in NP) </li></ul><ul><li>Examples </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>This can occur formally (school) or informally, (visitor center in NP) </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Potential loss – less experience based learning, no learning through participation, limited understanding of nature and self. </li></ul>
  9. 9. The importance of the natural environment for SOCIETY
  10. 10. Resource <ul><li>Provides for human needs, e.g clean water, timber, tourism, electricity, minerals. </li></ul><ul><li>Help sustain a quality of life. </li></ul><ul><li>Also provides employment; ecotourism and employment </li></ul><ul><li>Examples </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Potential loss – decrease standards of living as less food production, profit, fall in life expectancy. </li></ul><ul><li>Decrease in medicines cures for disease </li></ul>
  12. 12. Intrinsic values of natural areas <ul><li>Every living thing has value, it contributes something to nature, a tree is recycling biomass, providing oxygen, sheltering small animals, building soils etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Personal satisfaction, knowing that there are environments present without human interference </li></ul><ul><li>People are happy know that wilderness exist. Also that species still exist. Giant Panda. White rhino </li></ul><ul><li>Areas have the right to exist unspoilt and untouched. People appreciate its beauty rather than its economic value. Even if they have not seen it. </li></ul><ul><li>Examples </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Potential loss – limited places to rehabilitate troubled members of society. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Biodiversity <ul><li>Biodiversity needed to ensure sustainability of our society. </li></ul><ul><li>Natural environments ensure that biodiversity can be preserved outside of human-made environments which often result in a loss of biodiversity. </li></ul>
  15. 15. The effect of the loss of natural environments on Biodiversity. <ul><li>Increase risk of disease in plants and animals, resulting in less food production. </li></ul><ul><li>Increases in pest numbers. </li></ul><ul><li>Over use of area by one species resulting in environmental degradation Examples </li></ul>
  16. 16. Scientific research <ul><li>Allows us to monitor change within our living conditions and can provide new drugs or medicines. </li></ul><ul><li>Used a reference point to monitor the state of the environment and changes that have occurred. e.g salinity, pollution </li></ul><ul><li>Provide medicinal needs and the discovery of new cures </li></ul><ul><li>Growing a greater variety of food sources. </li></ul><ul><li>Examples </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Potential loss – polluted waters, less viable agricultural land, decrease in areas where tourism can occur. </li></ul>
  18. 18.  With the loss of biodiversity many problems arise. These include: list 20 Loss of Biodiversity. associated problems.
  19. 19. <ul><li>Fewer places to find inspiration </li></ul><ul><li>Fewer places to recreate </li></ul><ul><li>Fewer educational opportunities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lead to greater impact (more visitors to the same location) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Decrease in tourism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Therefore a decrease in economy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Decreased employment opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Increase in endangered species </li></ul><ul><li>Increase greenhouse omissions </li></ul><ul><li>Decrease air quality </li></ul><ul><li>Increase soil erosion, land degradation </li></ul><ul><li>Increase in salinity </li></ul><ul><li>Increase water pollution </li></ul><ul><li>Food shortages </li></ul><ul><li>Affect survival of indigenous </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rely heavily on the environment for survival </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduced species may relish the changes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Could lose - new medicines </li></ul></ul><ul><li>- new food sources </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- economic value from these </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>