Our environment consists of biotic components (living things) & abiotic components (non-living things) The definition of environment must include its legal, social, economic, and scientific aspects. Environment canada: to preserve and enhance the quality of canada"s natural environment, conserve our renewable resources, and protect our water resources. Internal relations, politics, ethics, business management, economics, social equity, engineering, law enforcement all play a role in protecting the environment. Environmental geography: the study of the interrelationships between human and biophysical systems of a variety of temporal scales. Geography is an interdisciplinary field: employs concepts and techniques from numerous disciplines and brings research results from the disciplines together. Environmentalism: a social movement dedicated to protecting the natural world, and by extension humans from undesirable changes brought about by human choices. Science: a systematic process for learning about the world and testing our understanding of it. 15): a technique for resting ideas with observations, it involves several assumptions and a series of interrelated steps.