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Bryan Cridell

Professor Driver

English 101

20 April 2022

Week 7 Assignment:

Putting it all Together

Topic: Environment

The Environment and its Role in the Support of Life

Environment means the region or conditions around an organism (Kitadai & Maruyama, 1117). The organism can be a plant or animal, with human beings included as animals. As part of the ecosystem, human beings rely heavily on the environment for daily sustenance. The interactions between humans and the environment can be both positive and negative. When humans take care of the environment, the results are usually positive. When humans neglect and destroy the environment through actions such as pollution, the effects are usually negative (Williams, 353). Therefore, human beings need to come together to protect and conserve the environment, help the ecosystem grow, and ensure that we continue to survive. Providing ecosystem services to support human life, absorption of waste and pollution, and the intrinsic values of having a good environment will be discussed as reasons we should preserve the environment.

First, the environment provides ecosystem services necessary to support life. One of the ways the environment supports the ecosystem is through climate stability. This is when the climate does not change, and there are predefined seasons. Climate stability allows for appropriate planning for human resources and will enable humans to be protected from harsh climate changes. For example, climate stability enables farmers to plan for the planting season appropriately, which helps provide food for the nation. The environment also supports life by protecting it from harmful products. A good example is the ozone layer, which protects both plants and animals from harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun. The environment provides ecosystem services such as climate stability and helps protect humans from harm, which helps support human life.

Furthermore, the environment is responsible for absorbing waste and pollution to protect human beings. As a species, humans are responsible for most of the pollution of the environment. This pollution harms many of the resources that we use and ends up hurting humans. This is because the consumption of polluted environment products by humans can be harmful to them (Kitadai & Maruyama, 1119). The environment helps us by safely absorbing the pollution. An excellent example of this is the carbon dioxide cycle. Humans breathe in oxygen and breath out carbon dioxide. Inhaling carbon dioxide can be fatal for humans. The trees in the environment use carbon dioxide and produce oxygen, helping remove pollutants from the air and enriching human life. Another instance where the environment removes waste and pollution is when whales take the carbon dioxide from the environment and hide it in the ocean, reducing the carbon dioxide ratio in the air, and helping to protect humans (Madhav et al., 45).

Finally, the environment provides intrinsic value, which brings psychological value. The view of Niagara Falls or any other great environmental feature has been known to bring feelings of relaxation, which is good for humans. The environment provides a safe space for humans to relax and enjoy themselves, with immense psychological value.

Everyone has a responsibility to the environment. As human beings, we are the main beneficiaries of the environment, and we should be motivated to protect and care for the environment. One of the ways to do this is to plant more trees. Trees are essential for waste removal in the environment. They also contribute to stabilizing the environment and increasing the intrinsic value of the environment. Humans should also try to reduce pollution of the environment by turning to renewable sources of energy. Every human being should take an active role in environmental protection and preservation.

Works Cited

Kitadai, Norio, and Shigenori Maruyama. “Origins of building blocks of life: A review.” Geoscience Frontiers 9.4 (2018): 1117-1153.

Madhav, Sughosh, et al. “Water pollutants: sources and impact on the environment and human health.” Sensors in Water Pollutants Monitoring: Role of Material. Springer, Singapore, 2020. 43-62.

Vucetich, John A., Jeremy T. Bruskotter, and Michael Paul Nelson. “Evaluating whether nature’s intrinsic value is an axiom of or anathema to conservation.” Conservation Biology 29.2 (2015): 321-332.

Williams, Bernard. “Must a concern for the environment be centred on human beings?.” The Ethics of the Environment. Routledge, 2017. 351-358.

Critique Esay

One of the most important parts of the writing process is to learn how to take and use critique to build a better papr. Throughout this course, you have learned the skill of critiquing your peers. In the Discussions, you looked at the thesis statements and topic sentences, body paragraphs, introductions, and conclusions through the eyes of a writer-reader. You considered what worked and what didn’t work, and you gave advice on how to improve the flow, transitions, structure, and overall readability of your peers’ writing. Now it’s time to turn that critical eye on your own writing.

Write a reflection about what works and what doesn’t work in your Week 7 papr. What would you change or what did you change in your own writing to improve the flow, transitions, structure, and overall readability of the Week 7 papr?

  • Critique each part of your Week 7 papr–the thesis statement and topic sentences, the body paragraphs with its supporting evidence and outside sources, the introductory paragraph and its hook, and the conclusion.
  • Add small quotes from your Week 7 papr if it helps you make a point. 
  • Do not revise the Week 7 papr; instead, you are only considering how to revise. The goal of this assignment is to apply the critique you have learned in the course to your own writing.