If you look at any environmental page on Wikipedia, you’ll see that the definition of “environment” is the “state of the planet or a set of physical, social, cultural, and economic factors that results from living in a particular place.
Wikipedia is a great repository of information and while it isn’t the best place to find the answer to your specific question, it is certainly the best place to look for that answer if you’re looking for it. In the same way that Wikipedia is a great reference to a specific issue (a topic) that is of interest to many, environmental writing is the practice of writing about an issue that is of interest to many and that is not the same as it appearing in a formal academic paper.
Writing about the environment is a great way to get involved with the discussion and the environment. This is because it lets us feel part of that larger community. For instance, a great example of this is the article “The Changing Climate: The Great Lakes as a Climatological Time-Line,” by Thomas W. M. Wilson. While this article is only about the Great Lakes as an environmental time-line, it discusses the growing environmental issues and impacts on the Great Lakes.
Like most academic papers, it is not a discussion piece. It is a description of the larger issue/community in broad strokes.
As an environmental writer, this is where I see most of my work fail. Environmental writing is about me as an individual, not about me as a person. It is about how my actions affect the environment. It is about the impact my actions have on other people and other places, not just on me. But that is a subject that is outside of my expertise.
It is only one part of my job as a writer. I also write about the environment as a community. This includes writing about other environmental writers as well as environmental issues and the problems they face when writing about them.
It’s also an extension of my writing as a citizen of the world. I write about the issues that affect me as well as the issues that affect other people. The latter is why I started writing about it in the first place. I’m not trying to be a “environmentalist” or “green” or “sustainability” writer; I’m just writing about the issues that affect me.
Well, if you’re referring to environmental issues, I don’t think you have a problem. I think that we, as a community, make a decision about what we want to be environmentally friendly. In this case, we want to be able to write about the things we care about and we want to be able to do it in a way that is respectful of the environment.
So in the case of environmental writing, its like any other writing. It may be done with a clear intention to be environmentally friendly, but unless you care about your environment, you may not be able to write about it honestly. The way that most people write about things that affect them is to make them a point of emphasis, but that may not be the case if you write about something that you care about.
Writing about something that is important to you, whether it is the environment, the health of the animals, or anything else that you feel that strongly about, is usually an exercise in self-awareness. You care enough about it to want to be able to write it with a clear intention. If you want to write a book about the environmental impact of an oil spill, you obviously want to write it with the intention of helping to prevent an oil spill in the first place.