1: the circumstances, objects, or conditions by which one is surrounded
2 a: the complex of physical, chemical, and biotic factors (as climate, soil, and living things) that act upon an organism or an ecological community and ultimately determine its form and survival
2 b: the aggregate of social and cultural conditions that influence the life of an individual or community
3: the position or characteristic position of a linguistic element in a sequence
The natural world we’re so honored to live in holds more complex relationships than we are capable of giving it credit for. Ecosystems, biodiversity, bioregions, etc are simple terms that glimpse at part of what constitutes our shared environment. On the planet earth, we explore and test and inhabit with the hopeful purpose of doing no harm. While this globe is resilient, the impact of humanity is not without consequences. It’s our responsibility to steward resources, particularly those we touch, with as light a negative impact as possible. This goes way beyond recycling. Our building, transportation, water use, energy use, resource use and food and agricultural impact are all connected to each other, and to everything else. Literally we cannot do something in a vacuum, so let’s act like it and go the extra distance to rethink our view of compost and carbon into a worldview that does no harm.