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The "natural environment comprises all naturally occurring surroundings and conditions in which living things grow and interact on "Earth. These include complete "landscape units that function as natural "systems without major "human intervention, as well as "plants, "animals, "rocks, and "natural phenomena occurring within their boundaries. They also include non-local or universal natural "resources that lack clear-cut boundaries, such as "air, "water and "climate.

The concept of the natural environment can be distinguished by components:

As "human population numbers increase and as humans continue to "evolve, human activity modifies the natural environment at a rapidly increasing rate, producing what is referred to as the "built environment. The potential of the natural environment to sustain these "anthropogenic changes while continuing to function as an "ecosystem is an issue of major worldwide concern. Key environmental areas of interest include "climate change, "water supply and "waste water, "air pollution, "waste management and "hazardous waste, and "land use issues such as "deforestation, "desertification, and "urban sprawl.

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""Two views of the Earth from space
"Sustainability is the capacity to endure. In "ecology, the word describes how biological systems remain "diverse and productive over time. Long-lived and healthy "wetlands and "forests are examples of sustainable biological systems. For humans, sustainability is the potential for long-term maintenance of well being, which has environmental, economic, and social dimensions.

Healthy ecosystems and environments provide vital goods and services to humans and other organisms. Moving towards sustainability is also a social challenge that entails "international and national "law, "urban planning and "transport, local and individual "lifestyles and "ethical consumerism. Ways of living more sustainably can take many forms from reorganising living conditions (e.g., "ecovillages, "eco-municipalities and "sustainable cities), reappraising economic sectors ("permaculture, "green building, "sustainable agriculture), or work practices ("sustainable architecture), using science to develop new technologies ("green technologies, "renewable energy), to adjustments in individual "lifestyles that conserve natural resources.

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Deforestation in Tierras Bajas, "Bolivia.
"Deforestation is the conversion of forested areas to non-forest land use such as arable land, pasture, urban use, logged area, or wasteland. Generally, the removal or destruction of significant areas of forest cover has resulted in a degraded environment with reduced "biodiversity.

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The Wildlife Trusts partnership, or simply "The Wildlife Trusts, is a partnership of 47 local wildlife trusts in the "United Kingdom plus the "Isle of Man and "Alderney.

Wildlife Trusts are local organisations of differing size, history and origins, and can vary greatly in their constitution, activities and membership. However, all wildlife trusts share a common interest in wildlife and "biodiversity, rooted in a practical tradition of land management and "conservation. Almost all county wildlife trusts are significant landowners, with many nature reserves. Collectively they are the third largest voluntary sector landowners in the UK. The partnership's member trusts, between them, look after 2,200 "nature reserves covering 80,000 square hectares.

Wildlife Trusts are local organisations of differing size, history and origins, and can vary greatly in their constitution, activities and membership. However, all wildlife trusts share a common interest in wildlife and biodiversity, rooted in a practical tradition of land management and conservation. Almost all county wildlife trusts are significant landowners, with many nature reserves. Collectively they are the third largest voluntary sector landowners in the UK. They often have extensive educational activities, and programmes of public events and education. The Wildlife Trusts centrally and locally also lobby for better protection of the UK's natural heritage, by becoming involved in planning matters and by national campaigning through the "Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts. The trusts rely heavily upon "volunteer labour for many of their activities, but nevertheless employ significant numbers of staff in countryside management and education. Thanks to their work promoting the personal and social development of young people, the Wildlife Trusts is a member of "The National Council for Voluntary Youth Services (NCVYS).

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