Can you make a difference?
Yes! You can conserve natural resources every day with every decision you make. Should you recycle that can? Yes! Should you buy a bottle of water or drink from the water fountain? Fountain! Should you walk or ride your bike to school or ask for a ride? Walk - it's good exercise too!
So that people in developed nations maintain a good lifestyle and people in developing nations have the ability to improve their lifestyles, natural resources must be conserved and protected ( Figure below ). People are researching ways to find renewable alternatives to non-renewable resources. Here is a checklist of ways to conserve resources:
Recycling can help conserve natural resources.
- Buy less stuff (use items as long as you can, and ask yourself if you really need something new).
- Reduce excess packaging (drink tap water instead of water from plastic bottles).
- Recycle materials such as metal cans, old cell phones, and plastic bottles.
- Purchase products made from recycled materials.
- Reduce pollution so that resources are maintained.
- Prevent soil erosion.
- Plant new trees to replace those that are cut down.
- Drive cars less, take public transportation, bicycle, or walk.
- Conserve energy at home (turn out lights when they are not needed).
Conserving natural resources are explored in a set of National Geographic videos found at http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/environment/habitats-environment/rainforests . Search for these videos:
- “Mamirarua” is a sustainable development reserve that is protecting the Amazon
- “Vancouver Rain Forest” explores an alliance between conservationists and logging companies
Or find ways to go green from National Geographic Conservation in Action series: http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/environment/going-green-environment/conservation-in-action
- “Sustainable Logging”
- The problem with plastic bags is discussed in “Edward Norton: Bag the Bag”
- Trying to mitigate problems caused by intensive logging in Ecuador while helping the people who live there improve their standards of living is in “Ecuador Conservation”
- To conserve natural resources it is important to use less resources or even eliminate the use of some resources.
- It is important to watch unintended consumption; e.g. with packaging.
- To reduce resource use, work on making some renewable: plant trees or use recycled products.
Use this resource to answer the questions that follow.
- What does reduce refer to?
- What does reuse refer to?
- What is good about recycling trends?
- What role can artists play in making people aware?
- Why should you use renewable resources rather than non-renewable resources when possible?
- Why should you recycle materials when possible?
- Why should you drink tap water or install a filter on your tap for filtered water?