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SusanBuckingham and MikeTurner

The ultimate purpose of this book goes beyond the learning outcomes that are to be found at the beginning of each chapter. Those outcomes are, of course, important, but at a deeper and more enduring level its purpose is to stimulate. To stimulate, that is, a lasting interest in environmental issues; to stimulate critical thinking, through which to develop your own views on the issues; and, hopefully, to stimulate a resolve to do something about it. After all, it is your generation that will probably decide the future of this planet.

Environmental issues are produced by the interaction of societies and the environments they inhabit, a relationship which will be explored at some length in Chapter 2. To really grasp these issues, it ...

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