Learning Objectives

Certain themes are basic to environmental science. After reading this chapter, you should be able to . . .
• Construct an argument to support 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 the 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