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Running head: ENERGY CONSERVATION 1 Energy Conservation Dustin Robison University of Phoenix
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Energy Conservation The idea of energy conservation is an extremely serious issue in today’s world. The main principle, of energy conservation, is helping to ensure that the Earth’s natural renewable, and non-renewable, resources will last as long as possible. Educating the world’s population on the affects of both practicing, and ignoring, energy conservation is the first step to creating a solution to this epidemic. Seldom does the human population slow down, from the fast pace of daily life, to truly consider the damaging effects their everyday lives may be causing on the environment around them. One of the most common misconceptions, about energy conservation, is the ignorance about the differences between renewable and non-renewable resources. Dictionary.com defines a renewable resources as, “A ny natural resource that can replenish itself naturally over time, as wood or solar energy (“Renewable resource“, 2010),” and a non-renewable resources as, “Any natural resource from the Earth that exists in limited supply and cannot be replaced if it is used up; also, any natural resource that cannot be replenished by natural means at the same rates that it is consumed ( Nonrenewable resource , 2010).” With this being said, people need to be educated that things done, in everyday normal life, can potentially have huge damaging effects later in time. But knowing the difference is only half the battle. Some renewable resources, if depleted faster than they can reproduce, can run out as well. The website eco-pros.com list how renewable resources can possibly become non-renewable. For example, “ Trees - When a forest of trees is clearcut, it can change the soil and the climate of the ecosystem so new trees cannot grow, plants die, and animals lose their habitat and die or leave the area. A natural forest has a variety of trees, plants, and lifeforms. A natural forest creates climate. These ecosystems evolved over a very, very long period of time and through many geologic and climatic changes. Should
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humans, then, be allowed to buy whole ecosystems for the purpose of destroying them - for money? That is what happens when a forest is clearcut. (Eco-Pros, 2006, para. 3).” Other examples include plants and animals, fresh water, oxygen, soil, and fish (Eco-Pros, 2006). Ensuring that we do not over use our resources just because we believe them to be renewable is important to energy conservation. Living creatures are affected by forest being cut down daily. These are areas that have been inhabited by creatures for centuries, and now are being forced out. Being unable to adapt to a new environment will ultimately lead to their extinction. This also applies to the fish in the waters. When the waters of Earth are overfished, the population of certain species drops to alarmingly low levels. It must be noted that people, of the world, have both positive and negative impacts on the
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This note was uploaded on 07/30/2010 for the course SCI/275 sci275 taught by Professor Marc during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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