Ecology is of high importance to all organisms, including humans.
Human existence is dependent on our planet’s well-being, due to all the elements it offers, including water, air, food and shelter.
All organisms survive because of their relationship with other species in their living and nonliving environment. These relationships are mutual and have an impact on each other and their surroundings. Even the simplest relationships cause intricate reactions affecting different elements.
One example of how a single element can upset the environment is global warming. Although many people assume that the earth’s surface temperature has not increased considerably in the past decades to cause consequences, global warming can severely affect the life of its organisms. For example, a fir in the forest needs a certain temperature and moisture in order to grow and nourish. If the required temperature is not met, the fir will not thrive. This fir may serve as shelter to birds while its trunk as food to squirrels and shade to other animals living in the forest. Other animals and humans rely on those animals for food, but we also contribute to the fir’s life, by distributing its seeds.
The fir is nourished through the air and the ground. It grows from the energy provided by the sunlight. At the same time, the fir exhales oxygen and water vapor which cause the consistence of the environment to change. This example shows how important ecology is for the survival of our planet. Therefore, it should be given high value in order to ensure a more balanced ecosystem for us and the generations to come.