When it comes to protecting our climate, there’s no shortage of choices, from using more carbon to more renewable energy, to reducing pollution from burning fossil fuels.
The question is which of these is best for your ecosystem?
But how do you decide which to invest in?
This is the question scientists have been struggling with for years.
They’ve come up with a new approach: a new way to look at ecosystems, called ecological protection.
It’s a broad term that encompasses a range of approaches to the protection of an ecosystem, but the best way to describe it is as the act of protecting a specific type of life.
Here’s a primer on the term and what it means.
What is ecological protection?
In its simplest form, it’s the act or the practice of protecting an ecosystem by creating a set of rules or rules that will govern the behaviour of its members.
For example, when you buy a house, the rules of the house have to be the same as those of the land.
When you walk in a restaurant, the same rules apply to the food you eat and the drinks you drink.
Similarly, when we buy a car, the car must have the same features as the car on the street.
The goal is to keep the environment in balance, while not harming the ecosystem.
The more rules, the more people can contribute to the ecosystem and to each other.
What does this mean?
For example: A house has rules, like keeping the house clean, but there are also other rules like having a central air vent, having a window in the house or having a roof that has a different roof than what the neighbours have.
And there are other rules, too, like having curtains and having curtains that are different colours, that aren’t too bright or too dark.
In other words, we have rules that apply to everyone in the world, but apply only to the house.
What are the types of rules?
In some ecosystems, such as the ocean, the most common types of ecological protection rules are: 1) Do not disturb another living thing, 2) Do no harm to another living creature, 3) Do protect the ecosystem, and 4) Do keep the ecosystem healthy.
In others, like on land, there are more complex and more subtle rules that can apply to species that are part of the ecosystem or have a particular relationship to it.
For example, in the ocean the most commonly applied rules are 2) Don’t disturb another organism or plant 2) Not disturb another animal 3) Protect the ocean ecosystem, 4) Protect coral reefs 5) Protect fish 6) Protect animals that feed on fish 7) Protect marine mammals 8) Do fish feed on each other 9) Do birds feed on animals 10) Do mammals feed on birds 11) Do humans feed on plants 12) Do plants and animals have an important role in the ecosystem 13) Do other animals have a special role in an ecosystem 14) Do human activities impact the ecosystem 15) Protect and restore the ecosystem for future generations 16) Protect ecosystems in general, not just for humans17) Protect biodiversity18) Keep plants healthy and healthy for future useThe next thing you might think of is protecting species.
But there are many more rules than just species that might have to meet certain rules.
Some species are only affected by certain rules or can’t change rules if they don’t meet certain criteria.
For instance, fish are only considered to have a “special role” if they eat other fish, and cannot change that rule if they’re not feeding on other fish.
Others might have special roles if they feed on marine animals or plants.
Other species have no special roles and are only protected if they are part or a large part of an ecological system.
For some species, there might be a simple rule that is applied to all living creatures in a given ecosystem.
This can be for example, don’t disturb other living things.
Others species might apply a rule that applies only to certain species.
And in many cases, there is a lot of overlap between these different types of environmental protection rules.
What can you do if you don’t agree with one of these types of ecologic protection rules?
You can always find other types of protection rules, and those can be applied to species as well.
For examples, for fish, some types of marine protection rules apply even if there’s a large group of fish in the area.
For some species of mammals, certain types of ecosystems might apply even to some animals that aren, well, mammals.
In these cases, it can be difficult to know what type of environmental system to focus on, so you can always ask the question: which species do I want to protect?
The more you learn about how ecosystems work, the easier it is to find the best rule for you.