Human Impact on the Environment
What do you remember about how humans impact the environment?
Humans and the Environment
The Earth is home to humans, animals, and plants. The Earth provides living things with air to breathe, food to eat, water to drink, resources to use, and even enjoyment. Natural resources are things found in nature that can be used by people. Things like sunlight, air, water, and animals are all natural resources in our environment.
The environment is everything around you. Everything living on Earth affects the environment, but humans affect the Earth’s environment the most. Sometimes human impact on the Earth is positive. While other times human impact on the environment is negative.
Earth is very good at recycling waste, but humans create more waste than the Earth can keep up with. Pollution is harmful to the land we live on, the air we breathe, and the water that we drink. Pollution is dangerous to everything living on Earth. This includes humans, animals, and plants.
Humans always have a negative affect on the environment
So we know humans impact the environment, can the environment impact humans?
Humans can have a negative or positive impact on the environment.
Positive Impact- Recycling paper
Negative Impact- Dumping chemicals into the water
Is riding a bicycle instead of driving a car a positive or negative impact?
Is leaving the water on while you brush your teeth a positive or negative impact?
Is leaving the lights on in the house a positive or negative impact?
Is carpooling to work or school a positive or negative impact?
Is using fertilizers in your garden a positive or negative impact?
Humans need the Earth to survive.
Cars are natural resources.
What is an example of a natural resource?
Natural resources are not really needed by people.
Everything around you is called the environment.
All new inventions hurt the environment.
Earth's population is increasing.
More people living on Earth means more harm to theenvironment.