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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!

Conserving Natural Resources

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”

Summary

  • 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.

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Use this resource to answer the questions that follow.

http://www.energyhog.org/childrens.htm

Play the game to answer these questions.

1. What are energy hogs?

2. List 3 ways to save energy in the living room.

3. List 3 ways you can conserve energy in the kitchen.

4. List 2 ways to save water in the bathroom.

5. List 2 ways to conserve energy in the bedroom.

6. How can energy be conserved in the attic?

Review

1. Why should you use renewable resources rather than non-renewable resources when possible?

2. Why should you recycle materials when possible?

3. Why should you drink tap water or install a filter on your tap for filtered water?

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