There are plenty of naturally occurring resources we can observe in our everyday lives and around the world. Some of these natural resources are used in providing people with luxuries in life, like gems and some precious metals. This is juxtaposed with natural resources that have a pivotal role in the survival of the human species.
Natural resources are resources that have a shared origin in nature or are naturally occurring. These include various metals like gold, silver, copper, and even the oxygen we breathe. A lot of policies and plans have been introduced to ensure that people will properly manage and conserve the finite natural resources we have.
Some natural resources we use in our everyday life is not renewable. A lot of these non-renewable resources take are pivotal in specific sectors of our life. For example, the lights and electricity we use in our homes are generated by a non-renewable resource. If these resources were to run out or be in short supply, then people will not be able to use electricity in their homes. This is why it is important for us to actively preserve our natural resources.
One of the biggest consumption of non-renewable resources is in the electric industry. Most of our electricity comes from nuclear fission or the burning of fossil fuels. Fossil fuels are a non-renewable resource that generates a lot of electricity, but in turn, will eat a lot of the supply and damage the air quality of the surrounding area.
Purified and drinkable water is a type of commodity that is refined into a distillation process that allows people to drink it without the risk of obtaining bacteria or viruses. Not only that, but people also use purified water for various activities and regiments like showering and bathing. To minimize the usage of purified water, a non-renewable natural resource, it is important to reduce one’s water consumption when showering and brushing one’s teeth.
Plastic is a material that is very hard to decompose and will pose a threat to the environment it is thrown in. This means that people should try to reduce their plastic waste by recycling various containers and plastic bags.
Biodegradable waste or trash can be repurposed and reintroduced to the food chain and web to improve the quality of life of the organisms in said ecosystem. To do our part in reintroducing biodegradable trash, one should segregate their wastes into two different piles based on their ability to degrade.
Natural resources are both organic and inorganic resources a person can find in nature. These can come in the form of oil, water, wood, oxygen, and food. These naturally occurring resources can be in any state of matter. Renewable resources are a specific type of natural resource that can be refreshed, renewed, and replenished over time. An example of a renewable resource is solar energy or thermal energy from the sun that can be converted into potential energy. This means that all renewable resources are natural resources, but not all natural resources are renewable.
Natural resources can be classified into two different types: non-renewable and renewable natural resources. A non-renewable resource is a type of natural resource that is finite and will run out if it is not artificially replenished. A renewable resource is a type of natural resource that is infinite and can be replenished over a specific period. The main differences between non-renewable and renewable resources are ways one can replenish the supply of the resource.
Some natural resources are not renewable or will take a long time to replenish. For example, wood from trees is considered a renewable resource but it will take a very long time to replenish. Another example of a natural resource that is considered non-renewable is oil or fossil fuels, which power a lot of electricity around the world. These fuels can’t be renewed and replenished, which means that it has a limit to their usage until it all runs out. This means that there are specific necessities that will be cut short if their non-renewable supply will disappear like electricity. All of this necessitates the importance of conserving natural resources.
Natural resources are resources that a person can gather through hand or various instruments from nature. One of the biggest things we can do for the betterment of humanity is through one’s active conservation of natural resources and minimization of one’s natural resources consumption. Even if one’s conservation action is small, it will cascade into something bigger and better.