What is the difference between environmental science, ecology and environmentalism?

The definitions for environmental science, ecology and environmentalism are all placed under the same general topic concerning the nature of our environment. However, when looked at in terms of specifics, each topic is very distinct. Environmental science combines many subjects in both social and natural sciences to examine the interaction between an environment and its inhabitants. environmental scientists consider the history of interaction between the environment and its resources. They are then able to make predictions of how to better future interactions. They look at past events in order to create solutions for today’s major problems. Ecologists’ work concerns the natural resources that are available throughout an environment, such as renewable or nonrenewable. Their main focus is to study the way in which different ecosystems run, and the impact that inhabitants have on the amount of natural resources available. Environmentalists are more active in the resource studying community. Environmentalism is a social movement of people who work to preserve the world’s natural resources. These people work to find solutions for protecting and preserving these natural systems. If I had to choose, I would like to be labeled as an environmentalist. Though I am not very active in displaying my beliefs about the environment, I feel that it is important to spread the word about the seriousness of humans’ affect on the environment, and to find different ways to preserve and protect the environment.

Is there a correlation between a country’s gross national product and fertility rates?

Here is the graph that displays this!

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The conclusions that can be drawn from these results are that the higher the gross national product, the lower the amount of children. This displays that those that are wealthier have fewer children and as a result those that have fewer children are wealthier. As the gross national product increased, the number of children lessened. The United States, my home country had a high gross national product. The average for this was about 2 children. The average for a low gross national product in other countries was about 3-6 children. This could be attributed to a number of factors. In poorer countries the actual need for children has more of an impact. For example, in poorer countries children form a very important part of the economic system. Children are utilized for helping out around the house, or used to complete work in order to gain more money. The more children produced the more opportunity for work and labor.Also in poorer countries there is less money available for certain types of contraceptives that prevent pregnancy which could result in more children. In wealthier countries there is less of a drive to have children. Wealthier people were more likely to have fewer children, more children could potentially mean spending more money. In turn people who have fewer children have more money, increasing the gross national product. Overall, the graph displays interesting evidence about the relationship between the countries of the worlds’ wealth, and the amount of children produced.


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