We know that resources are scarce and that we need to conserve them, but how can resource conservation benefit the environment?
Resource conservation benefits the environment in a number of ways. For starters, it means that there are more resources available for future generations. This includes food and water. Conservation ensures that less waste ends up in landfills – waste that will remain there for hundreds of years.
Apart from the methods that have been mentioned above, in this article, we are going to take a look at some unconventional ways in which resource conservation can benefit the environment, such as planting trees to reduce soil erosion or using pipelines to transport oil rather than trucks or ships.
Having worked with several companies to ramp up our conservation efforts, we know all about the work going on to save the environment and resources for future generations. While the benefits of resource conservation are self-explanatory, we're going to go into some more detail in this article. So, you can rest assured that you're going to learn from the best.
How Can Resource Conservation Benefit the Environment?
In order to leave this planet habitable and livable for future generations, we need to show a collective resolve to lower our carbon footprint. One of the best ways of doing that is by conserving natural resources.
Natural resources (as the name suggests) are found in nature, such as timber, water, plants, soil, oil, and coal. Natural resources can either be renewable, such as hydropower, solar, and wind energy, or nonrenewable, such as fossil fuels, natural gas, and water. While there are many steps being taken to improve our renewable natural resources, we are still a long way from conserving our nonrenewable natural resources.
It is important to conserve our natural resources because, as humans, we rely on these natural resources for our survival and that of future generations. Besides, the air we breathe, the food we eat, and our shelter all derive from these very important and slowly depleting natural resources.
Conserving nonrenewable natural resources is key to the health and longevity of not only the planet but also humankind, mainly because the increased use of fossil fuels is responsible for the dramatic spike that we are seeing in greenhouse gases and climate change over the past few decades. By taking steps to conserve natural resources, it is possible to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that are having a negative impact on climates across the globe.
Here's what we can do:
Turning to renewable energy sources not only replenishes itself, but it cuts down our dependence on nonrenewable energy sources, such as oil, coal, and gas. While renewable energy outlets, like solar and wind power, have been explored and used in the past, the need for more renewable energy is being felt now more than ever before.
Manufacturing new products requires resources, while recycling means reusing materials. This not only helps decrease air and groundwater pollution but also reduces the amount of waste that's created when acquiring more resources. Apart from buying recycled paper and other products, people are also encouraged to recycle cardboard, aluminum, and plastic.
Reducing Water Usage
It is no secret that we tend to waste a lot of water on washing the dishes and clothes. One effective way of reducing the amount of water wasted at home is to simply run the washing machine and dishwasher full and run them with cold water instead of hot water to reduce energy consumption. You can also change the way you water the landscaping in your home. Using a rain barrel is effective in helping gather rainwater. Use sprinklers to water the lawn and only water the lawn early morning or in the evening to avoid the water being evaporated by the sun.
Composting can enrich the soil in your garden and reduces the need to water the plants regularly by improving runoff. Composting is also an effective way of attracting beneficial organisms that are good for plant growth, reducing the need to use harmful chemicals and pesticides.
User a Reel Mower
Sticking to the subject of the front lawn, we seldom think of how many resources go into the upkeep and maintenance of our lawn. While an individual lawn mower may not use that much fuel, think of the many people who mow their lawn every day. Keeping that in mind, rather than using a traditional gas-powered lawnmower, using a reel mower is great for the environment, lowers your energy costs, and gives you a solid workout in the process as well.
Use Public Transportation (When You Can)
We're so used to getting into our cars each morning and driving to work that we seldom think of the impact that vehicle emissions have on the environment. One of the best ways to do our part to conserve resources is by walking or cycling to work. You can even ride-share or carpool with others instead of driving.
Along with this, you can take advantage of the city's public transport system so you won't have to spend money on gas prices that are constantly rising. Speaking of vehicles and gas prices, you can also opt for an electric or hybrid car instead, which is getting cheaper and more efficient with each passing year.
Heating and Cooling Your Home
Smart thermostats make it easier to regulate your home's temperature and play a critical role in energy conservation. Also, rather than relying solely on your air conditioning, try opening up the windows to let some fresh air and light into your house during summer, and make good use of the fireplace to keep your home warm during the winter. Using smart timers to turn the HVAC system on or off when nobody's home is also another great way to conserve energy.
Eat More Vegetables
This is not only good for your health but good for the environment as well. This is because farms that raise animals tend to use more water than farms that are used to grow fruits and vegetables. So going meatless can have a positive impact on the environment collectively or can help you lower your personal carbon footprint.
Everything we humans need already exists on earth. All we have to do is adopt new resource conservation tactics so that our future generations can also benefit from these natural resources.
About THE AUTHOR
James Parker has a Masters degree in Sustainability with a focus on land management, permaculture and regenerative agriculture. He also has experience managing sustainability projects, and is passionate about conservation and sustainability.Read More About James Parker