Every day you are exposed to an ecosystem of some kind. It is all around us and encompasses everything we touch. Many folks do not understand the impact humanity has on the Earth’s ecosystems. A delicate natural balance in the ecosystems requires diligence and education if the equilibrium is to be maintained. Unfortunately, far too many people do not appreciate the impact they have on nature’s subtle ecosystem or even the bionetwork in which they live.
There are numerous diverse ecosystems in the world and it is essential to know how they affect our daily lives and how we have an integral part in that ecosystem.
The first time the ecosystems were mentioned in the context that we know today was in 1935, when Sir Arthur George Tansley was trying to explain to the world the connection between living (community) and non-living things (habitat) in an overall bio network.
Relationships in the Ecosystems
If you are looking for a more concrete definition of the ecosystem, then you could say that it is a whole network formed between two major players, one living and the other non-living. Take for example, the marine ecosystem where fish, aquatic plants, other living things and water form a complete system.
Anywhere you go on the planet, you will come across various different ecosystems, such as forest ecosystems, marine ecosystems, freshwater ecosystems, coral reef ecosystems, and so on. Whichever ecosystem you take into consideration, you will find that there is a very close relationship between the living and non-living community. The inter dependence is so delicate that even the smallest amount of change in any of the participants within an ecosystem would result in changes all the way through the bio network. This is why it is very essential that the balance should be maintained at all times throughout the system.
Threats to the Ecosystems
In the present day context, most of the ecosystems on our planet have been abused and are in a state of acute imbalance. Humans use all of these bio networks, such as the forests, oceans, rivers, soil, etc. for their subsistence and owe their life to the contributions they obtain from each of these ecosystems. However, due to the population explosion, pollution and constant abuse, the overall balance of these systems have been unsettled, which calls for urgent restoration measures.
The most critical areas that demand immediate intervention are forest conservation and freshwater ecosystems, both of which can spell the difference between life and death on this planet.
Earth constitutes a number of bio networks, which are interrelated and interdependent and together, they sustain and promote life, as we know it. Unless serious steps are taken urgently towards restoring the ecosystems in general and the forest and water sources in particular, the prognosis seems bleak. The “inter” and “intra” dependence of these systems are such that when one gets off balance, it triggers a destructive chain reaction that affects every aspect of life on earth. Therefore, the need of today is concrete action that would allow Mother Nature to repair itself.