The universally accepted definition of
environment refers to it as the complex of physical,
chemical and biotic factors that act upon an organism or
an ecological community and ultimately define its form.
What this definition does not address however, is the
multiple aspects of the environment that are formed and
shaped through human interaction. While it is postulated
that there existed a time when the environment as we
know it existed free of human interferences, the
explosive population growth and the subsequent need
for resources and personal and societal advancement has
redefined what can be considered the expansion and
development of the natural environment.