This is by written by guest blogger Steph, who you can find here. Steph is an Environmental Science Grad, and has an instagram dedicated to chatting about sustainability. I personally love reading and learning about all the different aspects of climate and all the green jobs that fall beneath it… if you are interested in learning more about Environmental Science head over to Steph’s page and send her a message – she is lovely!
‘I first started learning about environmental science when I was in college, I knew a little about the way we were affecting our planet before this through geography and science at school but studying this topic opened my eyes to the true scale of environmental problems and human impacts on our planet. I continued to want to learn more about the topic and so made the decision to study environmental science at an undergraduate level. I believe environmental science is a really important topic to know of and so I am thankful I can share what I have learnt with you.
The most simplistic definition of environmental science I could give you is the study of human impact on the environment and environmental problems, and the interactions between them. I know this definition is a tad simplified but this is intentional as the term environmental science covers a vast number of areas including many that intersect. A better way to think of it is as a series of circles overlapping each other, with each section being a topic the circles (or overarching areas) have in common e.g., pollution would be common to both non-renewable energy and agriculture. Some topics covered by this term that you may be more familiar with are climate change, pollution (i.e., air pollution and microplastics) and energy (both renewable and non-renewable). If you would like a more academic definition, Britannica defines environmental science as an “interdisciplinary academic field that draws on ecology, geology, meteorology, biology, chemistry, engineering, and physics to study environmental problems and human impacts on the environment.”
This area of study is extremely important as when it comes to environmental problems, I’ve found that we normally think of them as having isolated causes and effects, when in reality there are a multitude of them which can also overlap. By looking at these areas of intersection we not only ensure that we are taking all factors into account, but also, we can find which solutions will have the greatest reduction in environmental problems and human impacts.’
Thank you for this piece Steph, and this introduction to Environmental Science. Loved reading this today.
Hope you enjoyed too – El x