You often hear
about "the environment".
It seems that somebody is saying something about the environment on the TV or
in the papers, almost every day.
It may be to do with a new road or "how the weather has changed". Go to the shops
and you find "eco" fridges or organic vegetables. Everybody seems to be "going
But what does it mean? What is the environment?
The definition of the environment is "everything that surrounds us, everything
made of the water, the air or the land, including ourselves."
Everything we make
or do affects the environment. This is the case at work, in the community and
at home, or anywhere in the world.
That can be a bit much. how can you cope with "everything"?
With all those experts arguing about the ozone layer or pesticide residues in
food, it can be too much for one person to take in.
To help us understand how the environment works, it is easier to divide it up.
There are three main different ways to divide it, each based on different media.
Each way divides into three, all of which interrelate and interact dynamically.