environment

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The totality of circumstances surrounding an organism or group of organisms, especially:
– The combination of external physical conditions that affect and influence the growth, development, and survival of organisms: «We shall never understand the natural environment until we see it as a living organism» (Paul Brooks).
– The complex of social and cultural conditions affecting the nature of an individual or community.
(source: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/environment)

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