noun: environment; the environment
- the surroundings or conditions in which a person, animal, or plant lives or operates.
- the natural world, as a whole or in a particular geographical area, especially as affected by human activity.
The natural environment encompasses all living and non-living things occurring naturally on Earth or some region thereof. It is an environment that encompasses the interaction of all living species. Climate, weather, and natural resources that affect human survival and economic activity.
It’s too bad that such a poor word has come to refer to something so rich.
The forests, the rivers, the mountains, the oceans, the deserts, the beaches, the fields, the flowers, the rain, the sky, the air. To speak of them collectively as the environment is to suggest that they are somehow antiseptic, impersonal, lifeless. It makes it almost possible to forget that what we are in danger of ruining through our rapacity and folly is the mother who bore us and the green grave that awaits us. Is our hearts’ delight. Is home.
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