Scientific Principles of Sustainability

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Shahidah Habeeb-Ullah
January 16, 2010
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Today’s society has transformed from adapting to nature to producing artificially. As far back as I can remember, the result of the world destruction has been prevalent all around us. The Four Scientific principles of sustainability is the overall flow of a normal life cycle, however, the world is far from the natural way life was intended. Controlling how we behave in our surroundings helps in the functions of everyday life. Nature has dealt with the conditions and maintains the flow of solar energy, biodiversity, population control, and nutrient cycling through these obstacles for billions of years (Miller & Spoolman, 2009, p. 23). In the midst of these harsh times, each individual is responsible for the prevention of these conditions. For example, many Americans have gotten caught throwing food away in the receptacle instead of rationalizing out what they really will eat to prevent preparing an overflow of food that will eventually be thrown away. The Poverty level is a dominating issue for many households, however by teaching your family the importance of preparing individual portioned meals individuals can aid in preventing a situation before hand. In 1963, Bormann and Likens developed an experiment to help analyze and discover ways on how to control these rapidly growing issues we are facing (Miller & Spoolman, 2009, p.29). This experiment consists of evaluating forested valleys water and the nutrients in an undisturbed control site. When nature is undisturbed the nutrient cycle functions in the way nature has design it to do. However, once the valley is disturbed the flow of water from out of the valley increase by 30% to 40% (Miller & Spoolman, 2009, p.27). The loss in the deforested area was greater than eight times (Miller & Spoolman, 2009, p.27). Protecting the habitat will prevent a situation like this from occurring. The Scientific principles of sustainability allow us to...
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