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The word environment may have several local meanings.
Originally, it comes from the Engligh word meaning local eco-system. It is the biophysical and human local place where a given individual lives, this includes air, water, soil, natural resources, fauna, flora and human agriculture.
Natural environnement also implies a set of ecological factors at a given moment (physical, chemical, biological and sociological) that may have a direct or indirect, immediate or future effect, on living beings and human activities. At any given moment, the physical environment and the human one combine to give the environmental quailty of a place. In reality, the word tends to be understood differently according to education and social professional classes. Thus, an industrial will think of the environment in terms of « pollution », an executive in terms of « quality of life », a craftsman or a tradesman in terms of « outlet », a farmer in terms of « neighbourhood » or « exploitation », a worker « in terms of nature and agriculture », an administration in terms of « management of resources, wastes, eye or ear sores»...
Many ecologists don't agree with the term, thinking it sounds too anthropocentrist.