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What Are Ecosystems?
The Value of Ecosystems
In our heavily industrialized societies, work, religious expression, and recreation often take place in urban areas. But natural ecosystems also provide places for religious expression, aesthetic enjoyment, and recreation. Every year, millions of people make pilgrimages to outdoor holy places, vacation in scenic regions, or simply pause in a park or a garden to reflect or relax.
It is our very reliance on ecosystems that is threatening them. As our populations grow and consumption of food, water, and other materials increases, the ecosystems that provide for these needs are being stressed and in some cases destroyed.
For comprehensive data about the world's ecosystems, visit EarthTrends at www.earthtrends.wri.org/.
Take our Interactive Quiz to see how much you know about ecosystems, then check out our Get Involved section to learn about ways you can make a positive difference in your home, your community, and your world.
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