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Principle I- People Depend on Natural Systems


Principle I

The continuation and health of individual human lives and of human communities and societies depend on the health of the natural systems that provide essential goods and ecosystem services. As a basis for understanding this principle:

  • Students need to know that the goods produced by natural systems are essential to human life and to the functioning of our economies and cultures.
  • Students need to know that the ecosystem services provided by natural systems are essential to human life and to the functioning of our economies and cultures.
  • Students need to know that the quality, shop quantity and reliability of the goods and ecosystem services provided by natural systems are directly affected by the health of those systems.

Example: People depend on the food and forest products produced by natural systems and on the services that ecosystems provide such as the purification of water as it flows through wetlands.

Principle I | Principle II | Principle III | Principle IV | Principle V

 

Adapted from California’s Approved Environmental Principles and Concepts