The food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe, the fuel for our car and home, the electricity for our laptop and ipod and cell phone, the materials in our flat screen tv and in our water bottle and our clothing and even the medicines and herbal supplements we take depend upon the integrity of Earth’s basic ecosystems. This course is designed to describe Earth’s basic ecosystems (energy sources,constituent materials, inhabitants, relationships among these inhabitants) and the ways in which these systems change and adapt over time. At the same time we will explore the difficulty of evaluating the cost to Earth’s basic ecosystems of our life choices (what to eat, where to live, how to get about, how to spend our spare time, how to make a living). We will attempt to better understand why many humans are making choices that threaten the long-term survival (sustainability) of Earth’s ecosystems.
Our ultimate goal is to have the necessary information to be able to adapt our life choices in ways that will benefit the sustainability of Earth’s ecosystems and thus of our own species.
IN THIS BLOG WE INTEGRATE AND ANALYZE WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED, AND OUR THOUGHTS AND REACTIONS TO THAT INFORMATION, FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE ELEMENT OF “WATER”.