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Ecology Poster
Ecology Poster

Poster Text: The study of the natural world of plants, animals, soils, air, water, and how they interact to form living systems is called ecology. Because we humans have unprecedented power to change our surroundings, we must understand how those changes will affect the environment for both the short and long term. We may not fully appreciate the impact the environemt has on our existence, but we can not afford to ignore it.

Many opportunities are open to people who study ecology and the environment. Wildlife research biologists gather important data for the understand of management and preservation of native animal populations. Landfill managers make sure that we recycle and dispose of waste in a way that will have a minimum effect on living systems. Environmental lawyers work to establish and enforce laws which protect our land and waters.

Ecology, a multidisciplinary science that transcends and includes biology, is the study of relationships between living organisms and their environment - “where organisms are found, how many occur there, and why” (C. J. Krebs- Ecology).

The word ecology is based on the Greek word oikos for household and means the “study of the household”, in this case, nature. It was coined for biology studies by German scientist Ernst Haeckel.

Ecologists gather information on the “household” Earth, from the micro to macro levels through the disciplines of biochemistry, molecular biology, and cellular biology, as well as the sciences of anthropology, botany, zoology, geology, and the study of local ecosystems to the global biosphere as the environment of the human species and all known life forms in the Universe.

Environmental concerns include the preservation, restoration and sustainability of the natural systems through the conservation and recycling (highest efficiency use of finite resources), and prevention of introducing harmful and unnatural substances (pollution).

Quotes ~
• The most energy efficient light bulb is the one you turned off when you left the room.
• “Nature made him, and then broke the mold.” ~ Ludovico Ariosto
• “There are no unsacred places; there are only sacred places and desecrated places.” ~ Wendell Berry
• “The planet's survival has become so uncertain that any effort, any thought that presupposes an assured future amounts to a mad gamble.” ~ Elias Canetti
• “Comforts that were rare among our forefathers are now multiplied in factories and handed out wholesale; and indeed, nobody nowadays, so long as he is content to go without air, space, quiet, decency and good manners, need be without anything whatever that he wants; or at least a reasonably cheap imitation of it.” ~ G. K. Chesterton
• Four Laws of Ecology: 1. Everything is Connected to Everything Else. There is one ecosphere for all living organisms and what affects one, affects all. 2. Everything Must Go Somewhere. There is no "waste" in nature and there is no “away” to which things can be thrown. 3. Nature Knows Best. Humankind has fashioned technology to improve upon nature, but such change in a natural system is “likely to be detrimental to that system.” 4. There Is No Such Thing as a Free Lunch. Everything comes from something. There's no such thing as spontaneous existence. ~ Barry Commoner
• “A human being fashions his consequences as surely as he fashions his goods or his dwelling. Nothing that he says, thinks or does is without consequences.” ~ Norman Cousins
• “Nature is the art of God.” ~ Dante
• “To instruct calls for energy, and to remain almost silent, but watchful and helpful, while students instruct themselves, calls for even greater energy. To see someone fall (which will teach him not to fall again) when a word from you would keep him on his feet but ignorant of an important danger, is one of the tasks of the teacher that calls for special energy, because holding in is more demanding than crying out.” ~ Robertson Davies
• “Man shapes himself through decisions that shape his environment.” ~ Rene Dubos
• “More can be learned from what works than from what fails.” ~ Rene Dubos
• “Human diversity makes tolerance more than a virtue; it makes it a requirement for survival. Celebrations of Life, 1981” ~ Rene Dubos
• “The most important pathological effects of pollution are extremely delayed and indirect.” ~ Rene Dubos
• “Think Globally, Act Locally.” ~ Rene Dubos, Patrick Geddes, etal.
• “Labour is the source of all wealth, the political economists assert. And it really is the source – next to nature, which supplies it with the material that it converts into wealth. But it is even infinitely more than this. It is the prime basic condition for all human existence, and this to such an extent that, in a sense, we have to say that labour created man himself.” ~ Friedrich Engels, The Part Played by Labour in the Transition from Ape to Man (1876)
• “The Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need but not for every man's greed.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
• “Today the network of relationships linking the human race to itself and to the rest of the biosphere is so complex that all aspects affect all others to an extraordinary degree. Someone should be studying the whole system, however crudely that has to be done, because no gluing together of partial studies of a complex nonlinear system can give a good idea of the behavior of the whole.” ~ Murray Gell-Mann
• “We need more humanity, more care, more love. There are those who expect a political system to produce that; and others who expect the love to produce the system. My own faith is that the truth of the future lies between the two and we shall behave humanly and a bit humanely, stumbling along, haphazardly generous and gallant, foolishly and meanly wise until the rape of our planet is seen to be the preposterous folly that it is.” ~ William Golding, Nobel Lecture, Dec. 7, 1983
• “A radical inner transformation and rise to a new level of consciousness might be the only real hope we have in the current global crisis brought on by the dominance of the Western mechanistic paradigm.” ~ Stanislav Grof
• “Watch out when you're getting all you want. Fattening hogs ain't in luck.” ~ Joel Chandler Harris
• “We must draw our standards from the natural world. We must honor with the humility of the wise the bounds of that natural world and the mystery which lies beyond them, admitting that there is something in the order of being which evidently exceeds all our competence.” ~ Vaclav Havel
• “We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts.” ~ William Hazlitt
• “Being inexhaustible, life and nature are a constant stimulus for a creative mind.” ~ Hans Hofmann
• “The re-establishment of an ecological balance depends on the ability of society to counteract the progressive materialization of values. The ecological balance cannot be re-established unless we recognize again that only persons have ends and only persons can work towards them.” ~ Ivan Illich
• “Nature uses as little as possible of anything.” ~ Johannes Kepler
• “Nature laughs at the difficulties of integration.” ~ Pierre-Simon de Laplace
• “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead
• “The artist is the person who invents the means to bridge between biological inheritance and the environments created by technological innovation.” ~ Marshall McLuhan
• “Nature is an infinite sphere whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.” ~ Blaise Pascal
“The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” ~ Eden Phillpotts
• “If there can be such a thing as instinctual memory, the consciousness of land and water must lie deeper in the core of us than any knowledge of our fellow beings. We were bred of the earth before we were born of our mothers. Once born, we can live without our mothers or our fathers or any other kin or friend, or even human love. We cannot live without the earth or apart from it, and something is shriveled in man’s heart when he turns away from it and concerns himself only with the affairs of men.” ~ Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
“Certain people always say we should go back to nature. I notice they never say we should go forward to nature.” ~ Mark Rothko
• “What is necessary to keep providing good care to nature has completely fallen into ignorance during the materialism era.” ~ Rudolph Steiner
• “In the economy of nature nothing is ever lost. I cannot believe that the soul of man shall prove the one exception.” ~ Gene Stratton-Porter
• “What's the use of a fine house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?” ~ Henry David Thoreau
• “We could have saved the Earth but we were too damned cheap.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
• “Dear future generations: Please accept our apologies. We were rolling drunk on petroleum.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
• “I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.” ~ E. B. White
• “I can imagine nothing more terrifying than an Eternity filled with men who were all the same. The only thing which has made life bearable…has been the diversity of creatures on the surface of the globe.” ~ Terence H. White

Pollution & the Environment Wall Poster
Pollution & the Environment
Wall Poster

Global Threats to the Environment Wall Poster
Global Threats to
the Environment
Wall Poster

The Endangered Oceans - Species Extinction - Major Carbon Dioxide Contributors - Overpopulation - Acid Rain - Ozone Hole

Endangered Earth Map Art Print
Endangered Earth Map
Art Print

The 1988 Endangered Earth Map features:

• Central image world map showing the physical earth and oceans
• World map insets showing the Ice Age vegetation 18,000 years ago, and Greeenhouse-effect vegetation zones
• A timeline, entitled, “People and planet: a troubled partnership. Graphic shows population growth from 16,000 BC to the present, demonstrating how advances in agriculture and public health have enabled the human race to burgeon–and over-populate the Earth”.
• Descriptions of growing threats, including population pressure, air and water pollution, rise in ozone levels, species extinctions, and more
• Inset showing a Peru-Ecuador upwelling, illustrating how rapidly the oceans can change
• Inset showing Minnesota's Boreal Forest, and the pressures on it from human intervention
Coverage Area: The World, North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Oceania, Antarctica

Ocean & Seas Poster
Oceans & Seas

Oceans and Seas

Provide an at-a-glance overview of the waterworlds that make up three-quarters of our world. Covers average temperature in °C, percentage of mineral salts contained in seawater, surface extension and depth of oceans, sunlight penetration in the sea, presence of plankton in the sea, seawater salinity in percentage and more. All information is based on the latest scientific information and is conveyed in an easy to understand style.

• more marine / aquatics posters

Biomes Overall Posters
Biomes Poster Series

Biomes Poster Series
places where plants and animals live in an interdependent ecological communities -
marine, deserts, coniferous & deciduous forests, rainforest, grasslands, polar, tundra biomes.

Biosphere: Interdependence Poster
Biosphere: Interdependence Poster

Ecosphere Posters

anthrosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere

Tropical Rain Forest Fine Art Print
Tropical Rain Forest
Art Print

Trees & Forest Posters

• Remove atmospheric carbon dioxide
• Reduce stormwater runoff
• Filter airborne pollutants
• Conserve energy by shading buildings and paved surfaces
• Increase the value of our homes

Fragile. Handle With Care Poster
Fragile. Handle With Care Poster

It's Our Choice, Laminated Poster
It's Our Choice,
Laminated Poster

Fragile. Handle With Care Poster

Image of Earth covered by wildlife and habitats with 'Fragile Handle With Care' expressed in 15 different languages.

Diagram Illustrating the Greenhouse Effect on Earth, Photographic Print
Diagram Illustrating the Greenhouse
Effect on Earth,
Photographic Print

Diagram illustrating the Earth receiving radiation energy from the Sun, reflecting about 30% and absorbing 70%, warming the land, atmosphere and oceans.

Life Cycle Posters
Life Cycle Posters

Life Cycle Poster
(4) 17" x 24" life cycle charts, 4 chart headers, a header, and a resource guide. Showing the development stages of the Frog, Chicken, Butterfly and Plant. Gr 1-8

A Painting Depicting One Design Used in the Construction of a Landfill, Photographic Print
A Painting Depicting One Design Used
in the Construction
of a Landfill,
Photographic Print

Landfill & Trash

TRASHED (DVD) is a provocative investigation of one of the fastest growing industries in North America, the garbage business. The film examines a fundamental element of modern American culture...the disposal of what our society defines as “waste”. It is an issue influenced by every American, most of whom never consider the consequences. Nor, it seems, the implications to our biosphere. At times humorous, but deeply poignant, “TRASHED” examines the American waste stream fast approaching a half billion tons annually.

Simply Good For You, Laminated Poster
Simply Good For You,
Laminated Poster

“Environmental vegetarianism is based on the concern that the production of meat and animal products for mass consumption, especially through factory farming, is environmentally unsustainable. According to a 2006 United Nations initiative, the livestock industry is one of the largest contributors to environmental degradation worldwide, and modern practices of raising animals for food contributes on a ‘massive scale’ to air and water pollution, land degradation, climate change, and loss of biodiversity. The initiative concluded that ‘the livestock sector emerges as one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global.’”

• more food posters

Timeline of Earth's History, Photographic Print
Timeline of Earth's History,
Photographic Print

Timeline of Earth's History - each square equals 100 million years ...

Formation of the Sun - First oceans - Formation of the Moon - Earth forms 4.5 billion years ago - Earliest know life 3.5 to 4.2 billion years ago - First cells with nuclei, First protozoa and algae 3-4 billion years ago - Oxygen begins to replace CO2 in atmosphere 2-2.3 billion years ago - First oxygen-dependent life - Today's level of oxygen in atmosphere 1 billion years ago - Explosion of life 700 million years ago - Trilobites and other hard-shelled sea creatures 550 million years ago - Fish and amphibians, great forests 400 million years ago - Reptilies and precursors of mammals, Great Extinction 250 million years ago - Dinosaurs 250-65 million years ago - Rise of mammals 65 million years ago to present -

You Are Here- Milky Way Galaxy Poster
You Are Here- Milky Way Galaxy

You Are Here- Milky Way Galaxy

Carl Sagan quote from a public lecture delivered October 13, 1994 - "Look at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every ’superstar,’ every ’supreme leader,’ every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals, so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light.

Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The earth is the only world so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes, settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps better no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. It underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.

• Carl Sagan's Cosmic Calendar
• more Stars Charts posters

Green Earth Bulletin Board by Susan Winget
Green Earth Bulletin Board by Susan Winget

Resources Ecology Bulletin Board Display Set from Mary Engelbreit
Resources Ecology Bulletin Board Display Set from Mary Engelbreit

Ready, Set, Go Green! Posters
Ready, Set, Go Green! Posters

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