Natural resources are resources that exist naturally rather than as a result of human intervention. A natural resource is any naturally occurring substance, such as animals, plants, water, light, soil, etc. Natural resources are essential for human survival, but not every natural resource is sustainable. Natural resources provide us with the food and water we eat, the air we breathe, and the shelter we create, so we must conserve all these resources to ensure the planet’s and humanity’s health and survival.
Individual role in Conservation of Natural Resources
There are various ways through which individuals can contribute towards saving natural resources. Some of them are:
Ensure zero wastage of water
This can include closing taps and not letting water flow unnecessarily. Looking for water leaks and adopting minimum water usage practices. Reducing the amount of time and water spent on baths. Moreover, people can also instill a rainwater harvesting system in their homes and workplace.
Turning off the lights when not required. This also means shifting to the use of such appliances which will help in the conservation of light such as LED bulbs. Since they require fewer watts of energy, it is, therefore, advisable to use them in order to save more electricity. One other way of saving electricity can be by obtaining the maximum amount of sunlight. People should construct their homes and offices in a manner that helps to get as much sunlight as possible. For example- glass material is used to build offices in cold countries.
Planting more trees.
Everyone knows the benefits of planting more and more trees. It keeps the place cool, thereby avoiding the need for an a/c or a cooler. Moreover, trees provide you with a fresh supply of oxygen, improving your health. Also, spreading awareness on the impact of deforestation. People can even encourage other people and organize plantation drives. Minimizing the use of paper also contributes to saving trees.
Using renewable energy
Renewable energy replenishes itself, reducing our need to extract more resources. Solar panels and wind energy will help us reduce our dependence on natural gas while also reducing resource depletion.
Recycle and Reuse
Recycling, and reusing things can also be another way to conserve natural resources. Adopting such utensils and objects in our daily lives that recycles and is reusable can help to cut the cost of natural resources. Materials such as plastics should not be used as they cannot be recycled and creates pollution.
An individual has many other ways through which he/she can work towards the conservation of natural resources and the environment. People should mainly focus on reducing their carbon footprint. Less usage of A/Cs and emitting less pollution in the environment can help achieve this.
Role of Media
The most effective method for getting information to as many people as possible in the shortest amount of time is via the media. Since media comes in a variety of ways, such as newspapers, radio, television, and other forms, it can reach a wide range of people from various backgrounds and languages. Hence, it plays an important role in the conservation of natural resources.
Environmental reporting can contribute a lot to spreading awareness on issues related to natural resources. A journalist can provide general information on waste management and also highlight and report the various impacts of degradation of natural resources. They can also create awareness campaigns focusing on educating and imparting knowledge among people.
Some networks, such as Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, and Animal Planet Channel, broadcast exclusively on endangered species, wildlife, and sea life, among other things. One benefit of television as an instructional medium is that one of the uses of the medium can be to teach practical skills. A televised demonstration can be just as simple as a live demonstration.
Because of its vast scope and accessibility, the Internet is one of the best tools for people all over the world looking for knowledge on climate change, environmentalism, and how to live a greener life. Social media has helped to impart knowledge in the different spheres of the world. Many campaigns related to the conservation of natural resources are actively promoted throughout the world thereby creating a sense of understanding of the importance of conservation of natural resources.
Films, Documentaries and Photographs
Media enhances communication regarding environmental issues. Pictures, photographs, audio, plays, and films are used to convey knowledge in a simple manner that everyone, even those at the grass-roots level, can comprehend.
Media also plays an important role in linking government and community on environmental issues. Through media awareness, the public and government are educated through various ways to get knowledge on how to protect the environment. and natural resources. The media is a critical tool for mobilizing the public to come out and engage in environmental protection. It is important to integrate media as a way of bringing the world together and disseminating knowledge about the value of natural resource management in order to achieve environmental sustainability.