7 Geography

Environment

Learning Goals:
  • Components of Environment
  • Natural Environment
  • Man-made Environment
  • Ecosystem

Environment is our basic life support system.

components of environment

The school building, the chairs and tables of the classroom, the open field, and the 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.

types 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

types 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.


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:

  • Family
  • Community
  • Religion
  • Educational
  • Economic and political situations

Human environment reveals activities, creations and interactions among human beings.


Next

Lesson Part 2

Lesson Part 3

MCQ

Questions Answers

NCERT Solution