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Environmental Science: Earth as a Living Planet attempts to teach
the student how to think, not what to think.

Learning Objectives

Certain themes are basic to environmental science. After reading this chapter, you should be able to . . .
• Construct an argument to support the the idea that people and nature are intimately connected
• Defend or criticize the statement that human environmental health problems are largely caused by social phenomena and human population increase
• Differentiate between the ways we place value on the environment
• Define sustainability and list the major criteria to assist in achieving sustainability
• Critically appraise the statement “think globally and act locally”
• Compare and contrast positive and negative aspects of the urban environment • Support the idea that value judgments are necessary to adopt a solution to human population-based on scientific knowledge
• Argue in support of the Precautionary Principle and then criticize your argument
• Synthesize the environmental implications of the history of Easter Island

Dr. Daniel B. Botkin

Dr. Daniel B. Botkin is a scientist who studies life from a planetary perspective, a biologist who has helped solve major environmental issues, and a writer about nature. A frequent public speaker, Botkin brings an unusual perspective to his subject. Well-known for his scientific contributions in ecology and environment, he has also worked as a professional journalist and has degrees in physics, biology, and literature.

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