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ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS

“The Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.” – Mahatma Gandhi.
The ‘Environment’ is a term used to represent an entire systems, geology, and climate. An Environment can be any scale, including global, regional, local, and even down to single locations, and things like buildings. Often the phrase ‘the environment’ is used to denote the global environment, or a larger regional environment. On a more human level, the environment, the air, water, temperature, and biology of a certain extent of a place are what sustain us, and define the limits of what we can do to a certain extent. Prior to the industrial revolution, the local environment, especially food and water supplies was the main limit to human life. Since the industrial revolution, it has become possible to transport both food and water over long distances, without them rotting or fouling. Certain technologies have made this easier, as well as reducing the amount of work needed to grow and harvest food and water. More advanced shelter systems have also meant that there are more possibilities for settling hostile environments. In a sense, this means that in the modern all humans are in effect no longer living in a local environment, but only as part of a single global environment. Environmental awareness envisions the increasing of awareness and understanding of the environment through education. Most of our population is not aware of our finite resources and how quickly they are being used up. By its very definition “awareness” means “having knowledge or cognizance”. The main goal of many environmental groups today is to increase awareness because that is the only way to develop a more sustainable world. Accordingly, all environmental awareness must begin with education. Today, the media greatly shapes what the general population thinks about the environment. Often, the news does not...