Ecological Integrity

920 Words Jan 31st, 2018 4 Pages
These ecosystems can sustain themselves and are self-regulating. An ecosystem with integrity would have food webs, abundant native species, both predator and prey, and self-sustaining ecological processes. However, human beings impact the ecosystems with which they interact and many ecosystems with humans are not self-sustaining. Take, for example, the average suburban lawn; it lacks predators and prey species and requires additional water resources. In this way, human beings often contribute to environmental degradation. Not only is this harmful to the wild animals and plants in the ecosystem, but it can actually impact the carrying capacity of a particular ecosystem, so that it is not able to sustain the same amount of animals that it could once sustain.
Human Systems and Environmental Degradation In fact, many modern human societies are high waste societies, which consume resources at such an incredible rate that they are not sustainable. Instead, they have to seek resources from other environments, which means that environmental degradation in one area can lead to degradation in other areas. Therefore, ecological responsibility must take a worldview and consider how actions are impacting people in other areas as well as people locally. Furthermore, pollution is another practice that can have a worldwide impact. Take, for example, water pollution; it impacts…
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