'The conservation of natural resources is the fundamental problem. Unless we solve that problem, it will avail us little to solve all others'

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Natural resources are materials provided by nature to be utilized by human beings either directly or indirectly for their survival. While we need natural resources to survive, the way we use them can leave them prone to degradation and depletion. This is why their management, efficient and sustainable usage is very crucial. 

However, we have the idea that while these naturals resources like water, air, sunlight, and more are considered inexhaustible, we don’t have to do anything to preserve them, but the truth is, we need to care for them as they care for us and this can only be done by consuming less and conserving more, so future generations can come to meet a healthier planet left behind by their ancestors.

The Importance Of Natural Resources

Natural resources are essential for our day-to-day activities. They drive our agriculture and economic activities and provide employment for millions all over the world, thus, we have developed a great dependency on them. Some of the basic human needs that natural resources provide for include: 

  • Food and drink: This encompasses agricultural and naturally occurring foods, as well as water and resources utilized to produce food packaging and eating utensils.
  • Mobility: This includes both the natural resources necessary to construct planes and automobiles, as well as the natural resources used to generate the fuel that powers them.
  • Housing and infrastructure: This includes the natural resources needed to construct roads, stop signs, buildings, among other things. It also encompasses the natural resources needed to provide the energy required to power these structures.

To ensure we can continue using these natural resources, we must take a step away from using non-renewable energy sources and embrace renewable ones. 

Protecting Our Planet Starts With You

Although we are now aware that our activities are harming our environment, it’s now up to us to do something about it before it’s too late. Everybody has a role to play in the sustainability of the earth’s natural resources. Here are ten ways you can conserve natural resources at home:

  1. The Three “R’s”: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. You can contribute your quota towards conserving landfill space and natural resources by reducing what you throw away and practicing recycling of products.
  2. Volunteer: Get involved in community cleanups. Working with others to better the environment will also make you feel like part of a large movement. 
  3. Educate: As much as you know the value and importance of our natural resources, help others understand too. 
  4. Conserve water: Reducing how much water you use will decrease the amount of waste water and runoff that gets dumped into the ocean. 
  5. Make sustainable food choices: Natural foods are better for our health and environments than packaged products. 
  6. Shop wisely: Choose reusable shopping bags over plastic ones any day. 
  7. Use long-lasting light bulbs: Energy-efficient light bulbs help in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Remember to turn the lights off when leaving the room.
  8. Plant a tree: We get our food and oxygen from trees. They are great energy savers; they purify the air and help in combating climate change.
  9. Don’t send chemicals into our waterways: Avoid pouring harmful chemicals into waterways but dispose of them safely in the trash, pits designated for them, or call chemical cleaning providers to get rid of them for you.
  10. Drive less, Bike more. It is clear that less driving reduces the amount of toxin fumes spilled into the atmosphere from our cars.