The Definition of Environment: An Introduction
What is Environmental Land Management? The definition of the term may be slightly misleading because it doesn’t really define what Emanation is nor does it restrict itself to one particular type of land. The environment encompasses all living and non-laying things existing naturally, which means in this instance not man made. The word is commonly used on the planet or in reference to specific places on Earth. Emanation can take many forms, but is typically defined as man’s relation to his place in the environment. It is considered by many to be one of the major forms of eco-system management.
Man, by definition cannot exist in an entirely natural environment and many consider man’s relationship to his place in the environment to be unnatural. It is the interaction of human beings and other animals with the earth, plants, and their habitats that generates the pollution, habitat loss, and other effects we call Emanations. An environment is an arrangement of living creatures and their surroundings. These arrangements vary greatly from ecosystem to ecosystem, but all have one common component, the creatures in each ecosystem interact with each other and with the environment in order to survive.
Man created environments are composed of living organisms and soil or surface material in a particular ecosystem. The diversity of life forms and their relationships with each other in a given ecosystem can be categorized broadly according to whether the organisms are land or marine, aquatic or terrestrial, and inorganic or organic. Each classification has its own strengths and weaknesses. For instance, land environments provide a home to many types of plants and animals, and these living organisms are usually part of a complex web of relationships with each other, the soil, and other external factors. On the other hand, the physical environment of the ocean ecosystem consists of very few organic or living organisms, and those that live in it are specialized to reproduce.
Some people think that the earth is “only” a living planet, while others think that it is an entirely non-organic, living environment. It is often hard to draw the line between living organisms and non-living ones. The truth is that the earth has both organic and inorganic components. The planet is a complex, living, changing, and constantly changing environment.
A person’s view of his/her daily activities and interactions with nature is typically reflected in his/her view of the natural world. In turn, this perception affects the way that human beings live. For example, seeing wild animals as enemies may result in hunting, harming, and even killing them. Similarly, seeing only plants as friends may result in reducing plant growth, planting of crops, and harvesting of plant products. In extreme cases, people living in the midst of a natural “ecological desert” where there is less plant growth or animal life may view themselves as being “at the mercy” of nature and unable to survive.
One’s perception of his/her environment is often influenced by education, religion, personal experiences, culture, social learning, gender, language, and power. Perception of the natural environment also varies by region and culture. For example, those who are indigenous to certain geographic regions may perceive climate change differently than people who are native to areas experiencing rapid urbanization and development. Certain types of ecologies, such as eco-tourism, support self-monitoring of environmental health via observation of the way people interact with their natural environments. Other eco-oriented methods, such as citizen science, also attempt to self-monitor environmental health via collecting community feedback and surveying natural environments.