Welcome to my new series…still an A-Z but with a difference …it’s not food-related!
In the meantime, the idea for this series came about because yes as my regular followers and commenters know I am passionate about the health of the world I am living in… however often when I am researching and reading articles I come across terms and have to look them up which spawned the idea for this…two-fold… it increases my knowledge and I hope yours…
The A-Z of the environment and Climate Change… letter E.
The best way to predict your future is to create it...Abraham Lincoln.
A community of organisms that depend on each other and the environment they inhabit…However, there is far more to the ecosystem than I first realised…It is divided into 4 categories…those being artificial, terrestrial, lentic and lotic which are all part of the biomes which are climatic systems of organisms and life.
Inside of the biomes systems, there are living and non-living environmental factors known as biotic(organisms, animals and plants) and abiotic (water, light and gasses)
Now let’s look at the 4 categories:
Artificial…as in man-made sometimes they are introduced as a way of replenishing the environment they are also a vital learning tool…Erected in the form of biodomes they are closed, artificial ecosystems created for the study of biology and an excellent learning aid for environmentalists…The Eden Project is a great example of this…
There are also plans to build a Marine Environment-Eden Project North.
Terrestrial…are land systems forests, deserts, grassland, tundras and coastal regions. It is the biomes climate that determines whether or not more than one terrestrial system is present.
An example is tundras where fewer plants grow due to the lower temperatures however this also applies to deserts where the high temperatures inhibit plant growth.
Forests and grasslands are different and may have exceedingly more growth …the biome has the right amount of sunlight plus moisture which enables more species to grow and thrive.
Lentic…a class of aquatic ecosystems found on land, ponds, rivers, streams, lakes and swamps…most are still bodies of water which may contain both animals and micro-organisms this is where sunlight plays its part as photosynthesis comes into the equation. ..it is necessary for the survival and growth of algae and underwater plants.
Lotic…are moving bodies of water that flow into others and eventually into the sea…unlike lentic they do not rely on photosynthesis.
Small-scale tourism in fragile and protected areas that aims to have a low impact on the environment, benefit local communities and enable tourists to learn more about the natural and cultural history of the place.
I think a great example of this was when we visited Australia as some of the places we visited were only open at certain times of the year to allow the animals to breed in peace…I thought it was a great idea also NO food or drink can be purchased on the island… A picnic area is provided but has NO bins. Visitors are expected to take their rubbish away with them. Brilliant idea I think…
Another beautiful island is where no cars are allowed bikes only…as the welfare of the animals is paramount…Rottnest Island home of the Quokkas…
The friendliest and most trusting animal on earth…which is why they need protecting from the human race…sad isn’t it?
Liquid wastes such as sewage and liquid waste from industries and our homes…Liquid waste can be defined as liquids such as wastewater, fats, oils or grease (FOG), used oil, liquids, solids, gases, or sludges and hazardous household liquids.
These liquids are hazardous or potentially harmful to human health or the environment. They can also be discarded commercial products classified as “Liquid Industrial Waste” such as cleaning fluids or pesticides, or the by-products of manufacturing processes. There are general regulatory requirements relating to waste, additional regulations apply to generating, storing, transporting, treating and disposing of hazardous and liquid wastes.
Emissions Trading Allowance…
Permission to emit to the atmosphere, one tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent, during a specific trading period. The allowance is only valid for the purpose of the Directive and can only be transferred in accordance with the Directive.
Although I understand some of the changes HAPPENING AROUND THE WORLD and to an extent know what we can do to slow it down, however, I also know that the earth has gone through changes over the centuries so how much can we manipulate and stop what is happening and how much is just a fact of life ???
That’s all for today…I hope I have explained it in layman terms and made some things clearer as I believe we should all have a clearer picture in our minds as to what we can change and how…And also what affects our health and how…
See you in two weeks for the letter F…next Wednesday it will be Part 4 of the new A-Z on food and terms with the middle letter being E as in polEnta.
Thank you for reading it is a pleasure to see you here I hope you come again… Love Carol x+