○Objective to assess the consequences that drastically changing ecosystem has
on human based on scientific analysis
○Ecological services include:
- necessary for the production of all other ecosystem
services, such as primary production (plant growth), production of oxygen,
and soil formation.
- products people obtain from ecosystems, such as food, fuel,
fiber, fresh water, and genetic resources.
- benefits people obtain from the regulation of ecosystem
processes, including air quality maintenance, climate regulation, erosion
control, regulation of human diseases, and water purification.
- nonmaterial benefits people obtain from ecosystems through
spiritual enrichment, cognitive development, reflection, recreation, and
○Without the above processes we would not be able maintain natural capital
and resources that are important to us
●Sustainability: refers to the ability of a system to survive for an extended period
●^^ e.g if we need a resource for a long period of time we must take action to ensure
that the resource is viable without a possibility of it not being there in the future.
●quote→ “An environmentally sustainable society meets the basic resource needs of
its people indefinitely without degrading or depleting the natural capital that supplies
Degrading or depleting (exhaustion or consumption) -
You probably have a
general idea of when something is degraded or depleted. We can tell when the air