Nature is generally defined as the entire universe in which living things exist. This includes all life and its geological structure, the physical universe, and the interaction among all those that have brought forth the evolution of life on Earth. The study of nature has various aspects. It is used to explain the relationships among living things, their origins, and how they are surviving and thriving in today’s environment. In addition, it also covers the study of how human beings can survive in a more natural way.
Most people think of nature as a physical reality. For instance, many refer to the earth as a “plant” or a “tree.” However, it should be understood that there is much more to this earth than a dead, lifeless planet that is now teeming with life. The study of nature requires one to look beyond the physical realm to explore its deeper secrets.
One example is how plants grow. At its simplest level, it involves the growth of cells – just like human beings. Plants need light and water to grow. If the light and water are missing, plants die.
In the study of nature, we find that its forces work both in and out of the Earth’s surface. For instance, when a hurricane moves inland, its winds carry sand and other debris to the coast, where it helps to build the ocean’s waves. This process is known as wind-loading. Likewise, when light strikes the surface of the Earth, it is absorbed and reflected by the atmosphere, which in turn refracts the light. This is what we call visible light.
On another level, nature creates energy. The ocean’s waves create the ocean’s currents, which drive the global weather patterns. And, plant life uses the sun to create food – photosynthesis. All forms of life, from bacteria to whales, rely on nature to continue their existence and to flourish. Nature, it seems, knows best.
Of course, we need to understand that not everything in the world is perfect. There are problems, such as pollution and habitat destruction, that occur regularly. But, with awareness of the natural world and with a little respect for nature, it seems that we can do much to improve the environment we live in for present and future generations.
One way to do that is to plant a garden. Planting a garden helps create open space. It helps keep pests and insects from taking over or destroying our crops. It also helps keep the soil and plants well-drained, so they will be able to support healthy root growth. Finally, growing your own food allows you to know exactly where your food comes from. No pesticides or fertilizers are used, and no synthetic materials or man-made products are mixed into the soil.
Clearly, we can all benefit from having gardens and planting plants. In fact, it seems like an immense waste not to have gardens. It’s a great investment in the health of not only yourself but also future generations. Consider all this in 2021.