Energy is required for the evolution of life forms on earth. We obtain energy from different sources. The natural resources that we use today are the prime source of energy for day-to-day activities of humans, without which we would still be lurking around in the Stone Age. In this article, we will discuss why there is a need to manage and conserve our natural resources.
What is Management of Natural Resources?
Management of natural resources refers to the plan of action related to renewable and non-renewable resources. Natural resources like land, soil, water, plants and animals are affected by global warming, overpopulation, industrial expansion and other related reasons.
Why is Management of Natural Resources Important?
Following are the reasons why the management of natural resources is important:
- To maintain a balance in the ecosystem.
- To avoid further destruction of the environment.
- To avoid over-consumption of the natural resources.
What are the Three R’s of Waste Management?
Following are the 3 R’s of waste management:
Reduce refers to smart purchasing of the products. The best way to reduce waste is by not producing waste. Following are the ways to reduce:
- Avoid using disposal products like paper cups and plates, straws instead switch to reusable products.
- Check for the durability of the products.
- Stop asking for carry bags at shops, instead carry cloth bags.
Reuse refers to using products that are economical and also environmental friendly. Following are the ways to reuse:
- Donate or sell old clothes, electrical appliances, furniture, etc.
- Reuse the paper and plastic bags.
Recycle refers to reusing of the products to get creative and by-products. Following are the ways to recycle:
- Recycling used papers to make paper bags.
- Purchasing products that can be recycled and also that are recycled.
Need to Manage Natural Resources
Here are the reasons why we need to manage our natural resources:
- Everything that we use today – food, clothes, house, vehicles, fuel, notebooks, furniture, cooking gas, utensils, toys, roads, etc. are obtained from resources on the earth.
- A significant portion of the energy which we use today is obtained from the non-renewable sources. This implies that once they are used up, they cannot be replenished. The most important source of non-renewable energy used extensively is the fossil fuels which have taken millions of years to be formed.
- Managing the resources would not only ensure its rational use but also put a limit to the degradation it is causing to the environment. For example, the usage of resources in different forms generates a lot of waste which is being disposed off into the water bodies. This, in turn, is polluting the rivers and lakes. Limiting usage will also reduce waste generation and pollution.
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