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PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 12:30 pm 
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Hi, My name is Janelle and I'm a university student studying in Glasgow, Scotland. I know this isn't really what this forum is for but I was wondering if some of you could help me. I have to do a presentation on sustainable development and my question is
Can we reduce our use of environmental resources and continue to increase our quality of life on a global scale?
I was just wondering if someone here was able to tell me what is meant by environmental resources. I've looked on the internet and in books but I can't seem to find out.

Thank you very much

Janelle


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 4:08 am 
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:mrgreen: Is it serious you are, Janelle? If so, here's my answer!

"Environmental resources", means things, "sourced", derived or harvested from the natural environment: things provided by nature to which we have recourse to meet our needs viz: things of value. That includes, for example, timber, rock, oil, coal, crystals, corals and gemstones, water (by pumping from rivers or by damming) all kinds of animals (feathered, firred or finned) all kinds of edible plants (including healing herbs) and the produce of insects (e.g. honey) etc etc.

Your question seems to assume that we need to reduce consumption of these resources (presumably on the further assumption that we are currently harvesting too much and/or that our current methods of harvesting are too destructive). The question seems to be, can we do so and still continue to improve our quality of life.

You might want to consider who, "we", are too. Developed countries consume vast quantities of these resources while, arguably, the less developed under-consume. There is also the question what level of consumption is actually necessary to a good quality of life and, indeed, what represents a good quality of life.

When you think about it - that's quite a question you are thinking about isn't it?

Best wishes and good luck, I hope the above is helpful and you receive other, and better, answers.

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Thank you Sandra!
When I first looked at the question I thought of things like fossil fuels and how reducing the use of these would reduce the rate of global warming and so on. But I wasn't sure if thats what they meant by environmental resources.
I have to do a half hour presentation on this question on Wednesday, so thank you very much for your answer.

Janelle


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 10:04 pm 
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You are very welcome Janelle. Good luck with your presentation. :D

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