Environmental Science Towards A Sustainable Earth
Authors: Ruth S. Guzman, Ph.D. and Marian Ruth G. Genuino, MSc
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE EARTH © 2018 focuses on the all-important imperative to sustain our mother Earth, enabling the planet to support an increasing global population and conserving the finite resources needed for man’s continued survival and existence.
It is divided into three units. The first unit opens our minds to understand the ethics of sustainability and how it is achieved, the ecological foundations of environmental science, and the knowledge and understanding of how our biosphere and the various ecosystems work towards achieving the needed balance of nature. The first unit also covers the unifying themes that guarantee the desired harmony of man with his environment.
In Unit 2, the global and national environmental issues affecting our biosphere are discussed. Strategies and actions for improvement and resolution of these issues are also discussed in this unit. Chapters 4 and 5 both tackle relevant environmental issues affecting both non-living (air, water, land, energy) components of the ecosystem. In addition, Chapter 5 is focused on the living components of our biosphere. The objective of Unit 2 is to raise consciousness and awareness among our youth to preserve and conserve Earth’s resources. Sustainability of these natural resources is crucial to the continued survival of the human race.
Man has the power to either destroy or renew and conserve the environmental resources, so Unit 3 continues with the role of humans in the whole ecosystem. A discussion on the global population and the principles of population ecology is aimed at understanding better the ecological footprint humans leave on the planet. In this unit, there's also an exploration on how this footprint can be managed and reduced .
About the author
RUTH SARRA GUZMAN obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the University of San Carlos, Cebu City and completed her Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from the University of the Philippines at Los Banos in 1984. She had held various technical and administrative positions at the UPLB from 1973-84 and at the Isabela State University from 1985-1996 and became Vice President for Research and Extension Services at the Rizal Technological University in 2002, retiring as full-fledged University Professor from RTU in 2016. She has co-authored a textbook on Environmental Education and Sustainable Development. Dr. Guzman has long served as Board Chairperson of the Philippine Association of Tertiary Level Educational Institutions in Environmental Protection and Management (PATLEPAM) and was member of the CHED-NCR Regional Quality Assurance Team (Biology/Environmental Science) from 2010-16.
RUTH MARIAN GUZMAN-GENUINO is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of South Australia. A graduate of Philippine Science High School, she pursued her undergraduate and master’s degree in Biology at the University of the Philippines-Diliman. Her research experiences include internships in University of Padova, Italy and in Yale School of Medicine, USA funded by mobility grants of Erasmus Mundus and the University of South Australia, respectively. She has represented the Philippines in Biotechnology leadership conferences and international training programs in Taiwan and Switzerland. She worked as an Instructor at the Institute of Biology in UP Diliman for eight years and is now concurrently employed as a Lecturer/Tutor at the University of South Australia. She has also authored and co-authored numerous papers in prestigious scientific journals and the textbook Earth and Life Sciences for senior high school (Vibal).