Resource conservation means using the available resources carefully and giving them time to get renewed. Sustainable development means balancing our present needs of using resources without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Basic principles of sustainable development are: Respect and care for all forms of life, right to a healthy and productive life for all human beings, conserve the earth’s ecosystem and biological diversity, minimize the depletion of natural resources, sharing educational programmes and information to change people’s attitude and adopt practices to save the environment and enabling communities and groups to care for their own environment.
The golden rule of conservation is - the three R’s – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
Reduce consumption and wastage of resources. The second step involves reusing resources, instead of throwing them away after one use. Recycling reduces pollution, and wastage of energy and raw materials.
The future of our planet and its people depends upon how we maintain nature’s life support system.
It is our responsibility to preserve and conserve the resources by sustaining the natural resources, conserving the diverse forms of life on earth, and minimizing damage to the environment.