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