How Are Living And Non Living Things Interdependent?

By Antonia Čirjak on May 22 2020 in Environment

To explain the interdependence between living and non-living things would mean to address the notion of an ecosystem.
To explain the interdependence between living and non-living things would mean to address the notion of an ecosystem.
  • Water that we very much depend on is also a non-living thing, same as other natural occurring phenomenons like sunlight, the wind, and the land we stand on.
  • If there were no energy coming from the Sun, the one we describe as a non-living thing, there would be no life on Earth at all.
  • Changes in the ecosystem happen because all things interact with each other, sometimes for the better of the community, and sometimes for the worse.

To explain the interdependence between living and non-living things would mean to address the notion of an ecosystem. The whole idea of a system that always seeks a state of equilibrium, but there is always something disrupting the balance, is a complex one, so let us try to summarize the key aspects of interdependence between things that are the living and the non-living things on Earth. 

Location: Earth’s Ecosystem

In today’s day and age, the phrase how ‘’everything is connected’’ has probably never been more true. Globalization seems almost like an old concept now, because the way we perceive this time and space has changed with immense advancements in communication technology, and if anything - the world seems smaller than it used to, especially if you think of our current-day situation, the one where everything on this planet is affected by the coronavirus pandemic. So, this is an excellent place to start and gives us a perfect example to approach explaining how exactly are all the things on Earth interdependent. 

Interdependence Means Change

Our ecosystem is currently undergoing significant changes because we have a non-living thing present among the living creatures. A virus is a non-living thing, yet it seems to have the potential to disrupt the living part of the ecosystem. This shows us how an ecosystem works, or in this case, does not work as it should. An ecosystem, the one that enables the cooperation and competition between different species, does not have an agenda per se. It only reacts to what is happening, meaning every change we can observe is there because the system is constantly active, and it changes according to the way. 

The reason why something like a virus is so dangerous is that the interdependency between humans relies on one crucial factor - human contact. No matter how advanced the methods of communication are, we still depend on the physical presence of other people. The problems we face here are multiple, but now let us focus on one more non-living thing in this equation, other than the coronavirus. 

Living Under The Same Atmosphere

A thing to remember is that if it was not for the living creatures, the virus could not exist at all on its own. However, there is another non-living thing everything on this planet depends on. Air, the enjoyable mixture of oxygen and other gases you are breathing in right now, is something which must be present at all times if we want to discuss life as a whole. To understand how connected everything is, you just need to look at the fact that there is a non-living thing that spreads through aerosol particles, which can infect people easily just because we all breathe in and exhale the same air. 

Interdependence is something that our environment, and basically the ecosystem of Earth as a whole, insists on. There is nothing too small or too big when it comes to the level of importance for the ecosystem’s stability. All living things depend on non-living things. All the plants and animals, all the humans, and all the natural resources, however, depend first and foremost on the understanding of each other. All we have to do is to become aware of the fact of how disruptive our actions can be for the environment and all the living and all non-living things that we share it with.

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