Chapter 1 Introduction to Ecology

Chapter 1 Introduction to Ecology - Introduction to...

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Unformatted text preview: Introduction to Environmental Biology Environmental Some terms you should know……… know……… Ecology Environmental Science Ecosystem Environmentalism Sustainability Nutrient Recycling History History Roots of Ecology lie in Natural History Need to understand distribution and Need abundance of organisms abundance History cont. History Greeks understanding Greeks was that nature was in balance…… in Writings of Writings Egerton Egerton Malthus History Cont. History Ecology became a real science in 1900, Ecology based on the following disciplines: based *History *Human Demography *Biometry *Agriculture/Medicinal Issues Approaches to Ecology: Approaches 1. Descriptive 2. Functional ultimate/proximate causes 3. Evolutionary Ecology is also…. Ecology More Terms More Economic Growth Economic Development LDC MDC Our History Our -Until 12,000 YA we were Hunter/Gatherer -10,000 YA Agricultural Revolution -275 YA Industrial Revolution -50 YA Globalization Revolution 5 Environmental Problems Environmental 1. Population Growth 1. 2. Unsustainable Resources 2. 3. Poverty 3. 4. Affluence 4. 5. Prices do Not Reflect Natural Capital Natural Discussion…. Discussion…. Santa Monica, Portland, Seattle, parts of Europe and Vancouver are strong examples of ‘green cities.’ Discuss how they have achieved this moniker. Are we headed toward a ‘greening of Society?’ Is it our civic duty to live more sustainably? Should households with larger ecological footprints be taxed or pay retribution? Should companies be taxed as well individual households? Suggestions…. Suggestions…. ulators/ Think of a household product you use every day. It may be a toothpaste or laundry detergent. Note the company or corporation that manufactures this product you use often. Do some background research on this company and their product(s). How does their product affect the environment? If their products have an adverse affect, stop using the product and switch to a more eco-friendly brand. Share your knowledge on your social networking sites. Recycle and buy vintage clothing. When ordering take-out, bring your own containers and bring recycle able bags to the grocery store. Add your own suggestions here. ...
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This note was uploaded on 02/24/2012 for the course ENVIROMENT Bio 9 taught by Professor Donna during the Spring '12 term at Santa Fe College.

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