Sustainability is the talk of the hour and refers to the longevity of the human economic systems with minimum impact on the environment. Sustainability also refers to major global concerns such as oil depletion and global warming due to climatic changes. In a nutshell, sustainability is about sustaining oneself by sufficiently meeting needs in the present without making compromises for the future generations.
The study of life, the environment, relations between the organisms and their environment, climatic conditions attribute to Ecology. Ecological crises have cropped up due to unfavorable environmental conditions which pose as a threat to survival of species. An increase in temperature, predation, less rainfall, over population can all lead to varies crisis situations such as extinction or global warming. Some of the ecological crises faced by us in the recent past include the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill in 1989, off the Alaska coast; crisis of the ozone layer hole; nuclear meltdown in 1986 at Chernobyl, volcanic eruptions, deforestations, disappearance of many species leading to extinction. Global warming is slowly taking a toll on our lives, at its own pace. People fail to realize that the impacts of this ecological crisis can be devastating and non-curable. It has therefore become mandatory to take initiatives and spread awareness among the entire population.
Various ecological societies in the European continent have joined hands and formed the European Ecological Foundation (EEF). Representatives and elected members of the different member societies form the council of EEF. The primary objective of this organization is to promote the science of ecology in Europe. The EEF brings together all ecological scientists in Europe to discuss matters of interest. The discussion on ecology is shared throughout the community of scientists through publications and meetings. The EEF promotes collaboration on matters that have a pan-European context, interacts with and lends support to other international organizations.
Some of the members of the European Ecological Foundation are:
British Ecological Society, UK and Republic of Ireland
Czech Union of Ecologists, Czech Republic
Greek Ecologists' Association, Greece
Hungarian Ecological Society, Hungary
Institute of Ecology, Poland
Lithuanian Ecological Society, Lithuania
Polish Ecological Society Petecol, Poland
Portuguese Ecological Society SPECO, Portugal
Romanian Ecological Society, Romania
Slovak Ecological Society, Slovakia
Société Française d'Ecologie, France and Belgium
Spanish Ecological Society, Spain
The Netherlands Flemish Ecological Society Necov, the Netherlands and Flanders
Turkish Ecological Society, Turkey
The European Ecological Societies conduct meetings all round the year to discuss the ecological issues on a global perspective. The scientists/research students present papers and posters on a number of related topics. The European Ecological Societies support ecological research and take measures to publish the findings. Many journals and bulletins are published which deal with experiments on endangered species, environmental concerns, greenhouse gases affecting the atmosphere and so on.
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