19 Sep Exploring the Interconnectedness of Environmental Systems
Environmental Systems and Societies is a dynamic and interdisciplinary field that investigates the intricate relationships between humans, ecosystems, and the nature. It encompasses the study of the environment, including its physical components, such as air, water, and land, as well as the organisms that inhabit it.
Living things in an area are components of interconnected systems based on cyclical feedback, which maintains a delicate balance between themselves, other species, and the non-living components of their environment. Hence, this feedback system is the ecosystem. The scale of an ecosystem can range dramatically, from minuscule hidden wonderlands in the soil of your house plant to the vast African savannas (National Geographic Society, 2020). The Earth essentially functions on the interconnectedness of ecosystems that sustain biomes (Wohlleben, 2015). Coral reefs, deserts, mountains, or tundra are all forms of biomes that are made up of a series of interconnected systems within them.
Each unique ecosystem has to distinguish between the environment and the climatic conditions that determine the species that inhabit it and, therefore, the type of ecosystem it is (National Geographic Society, 2020). A community is a group of species that interacts within these specific environmental conditions and consequently connects through a network of interactions that allows the energy and the nutrients to flow throughout the entire system so that nothing is wasted (Wohlleben, 2015).