Environment is our basic life support system.
The school building, chairs and tables of the classroom, open field, and friends in your class, all are a part of our environment.
Our environment is constantly changing because of our needs. Human beings are modifying or destroying the natural environment. The air is polluted by car fumes, water is collected in a pot, food is served in utensils and land is used for building houses and factories. Human beings are the ones who make cars, factories, houses, vessels, pots etc. thereby modifying the environment.
Components of Environment
The word environment has its roots in the French word Environer/Environner which means neighbourhood. People, places, things and nature that surround any living organism are called environment.
Environment = natural phenomena + human made phenomena
Natural Component of Environment
The natural component of the atmosphere comprises of air, water, land and living things. The natural environment refers to both biotic and abiotic conditions. The biotic conditions consist of the world of living organisms e.g. plants and animals. The abiotic conditions consist of the world of non–living elements like land.
Human Made Components of Environment
The human made component of the environment are the creations by human beings which include bridges, roads, dams, parks and monument etc.
The human environment consists of the individual and his interactions which include the following:
- Economic and political situations
Human environment reveals activities, creations and interactions among human beings.