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than something that resides in individual organisms. Andthis vision helps us to understand the concept of theecosphere: that the many ecosystems of the earth interdependentlyform the living planet.Just as Copernicus fundamentally changed ourperspective of the solar system when he discovered thatthe earth revolves around the sun, it is time for us toquestion the paradigm that humans are the centralorganisms on the planet. We must learn to see ourselvesas part of local ecosystems and the global ecosphere,rather than as the rulers of our environment, and we mustmake behavioral changes based on our new understandingof the world. And as a species which is causing fundamentalchanges to our planet, it is imperative that weavoid making the narrow-minded mistakes which arecaused by failing to recognize the complex relationshipsat work in the world around us.GlossaryEcology Study of the interactions of living organismswith one another and with their nonliving environment ofmatter and energy*Ecosystem Community of different species interactingwith one another and with the chemical and physicalfactors making up its nonliving environment*Ecosphere The collection of all of Earth’s ecosystems;Earth’s collection of living organisms interacting with oneanother and their non-living environment (energy andmatter) throughout the world*Anthropocentric Considering human beings as the mostsignificant entity of the universe; regarding the world interms of human values and experiences~*Definitions from Living in the Environment, G. TylerMiller, Wadsworth Publishing.~Definition from Merriam Webster’s CollegiateDictionary, Merriam-Webster, Inc.27

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