Natural Resources and Environmental IssuesRadhika Kapur*
Pedagogy and Organizational Culture in Nursery Schools, Delhi University, New Delhi, India
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Receiveddate June 25, 2015; Accepteddate July 04, 2016; Publisheddate July 11, 2016
Citation: Kapur R (2016) Natural Resources and Environmental Issues. J Ecosys Ecograph 6:196. doi:10.4172/2157-7625.1000196
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Natural resources and environmental concerns have been prevalent not only in India, but in other countries of the world as well, but in most cases, India has been the major country that has experienced the depletion of natural resources and environmental degradation. In this research manuscript, main focus has been laid upon India; India is the most populous country in the world and with the impact of population explosion, there is exhaustion of natural resources and environmental degradation. The main areas that have been highlighted are rural poverty and environmental degradation, effects of disasters and natural hazards, assessing risks, impacts and opportunities from natural resources and the environment, precise insinuations for environment, sustainability and green development, greening rural development and economic growth and environmental sustainability. The issues have been taken into account and the measures also have been underscored that are essential in order to lead to preservation and sustenance of natural resources and the environment.
Poverty; Environmental degradation; Disasters; Natural hazards; Sustainability; Green development; Economic growth
Environment and natural resources preservation is vital to the economic growth of any country or a region in many ways but also susceptible to the extent that their utilization, management and sustainability can be affected by performance and deeds of various actions within the society. Natural resources and environmental issues matters and apprehensions are cross-sectorial but also renders input in every sector in terms of reducing poverty and destitute conditions of people and therefore need to be accorded highest precedence within the overall framework of the Poverty Eradication Action Plan (PEAP) which intends at reducing the fraction of people living in unconditional poverty to a level below 10% by 2017. In view of the cross-cutting nature of environment and normal assets issues, actions to address them require involvement of all relevant sectors. It is from this background that during the PEAP revision in the year 2003, the environment and natural resources PEAP revision sub-committee under the auspices of the then Ministry of Water, Lands and Environment prepared principles for conventional environment and natural resources issues in the PEAP, and other government sectors and programs. The overall objective of these principles was to provide direction and leadership to different sectors on how they can integrate cross cutting environment and natural resources issues in their sectorial preparations and series. The purpose of this research therefore, was to assess the extent to which environment and natural resources issues have been integrated, and propose actions that can accelerate the mainstreaming of environment and natural resources issues in government sectors and programs . There have been identification of different issues that cause harm to the earth and regular assets; they have been named rustic neediness, populace blast, deforestation, industrialization, uncalled for waste administration, catastrophes and characteristic dangers.
Rural Poverty and Environmental Degradation
The thin layer of soil that covers the surface of the earth is the key to the well-being and survival of individuals, without proper environmental conditions there would be absence of crops, food, plants, animals, forests and even human beings; about 40% of the surface of the earth and more than one billion people are affected by land degradation; degraded lands are homes to the most poverty stricken sections of the rural people. In India, in rural areas, most of the individuals are living in the conditions of poverty; climatic factors, demographic factors, personal causes, economic causes and social causes are the main factors that lead to the conditions of poverty. Rural poverty-alleviation programs are located in ecologically frail and marginal environments. In these areas, the poor are often fastened into patterns of natural resource degradation by their lack of access to productive resources, institutional services, acknowledgment and technology. Without these resources, they are compelled to overload already eroding lands in order to survive. The increased pressure on the land, through deforestation, overgrazing and over cultivation causes a decline in soil fertility and production, and thus aggravates poverty. This circular, cause-and-effect relationship between rural poverty and environmental degradation is apparent, unless degradation is addressed directly, the sustainability of rural development schemes will be destabilized and endeavors to lessen rural poverty will be endangered .
Effects of Disasters and Natural Hazards
The effects of disasters and natural hazards are destructive which lead to dire consequences. Four main kinds of effects have been identified .
Environmental effects – The environmental effects can be destruction of lands, homes, buildings, and surroundings; there are huge losses caused in water supplies, food availability, as there is destruction of crops, immense loss of life is caused by natural calamities and there is presence of human bodies and animal carcasses which remain unburied. The environmental effects vary from disaster to disaster such as earthquakes may destroy buildings but not crops, on the other hand, a cyclone may cause destruction in both.
Effects on health – Sudden natural disasters may cause not only widespread death but also massive social disruption such as famines, epidemic diseases; injuries are also caused by the natural disasters; when people get affected by disasters they tend to move to another place and this movement may lead to transmission of diseases, and there is prevalence of malnutrition, as the food and water supplies get destructed, there is scarcity of food and water quality and quantity.
Economic, social and political effects – Disasters lead to destruction of economies, individuals have to leave their jobs and get involved in disaster related activities or they become jobless if their place of work gets affected by the disasters. There is loss of machinery and equipment as well; farmers, shopkeepers and fishermen are the individuals who are affected by the disasters in most cases. Huge monetary and financial losses are caused by disasters and economic, political and social conditions of the region get severely affected.
Administrative and managerial effects – Administrative problems become more complicated and tedious due to emergence of disasters. Loss of community leadership, when there is loss of leaders due to death or when they get injured then the leadership functions get affected; formal organizations are the ones that get most disordered by the occurrence of disasters, even though small community organizations can function without leaders but formal organizations cannot exist if there is no skilled personnel available, there is severe damage to critical facilities and lifelines such as electrical generating and transmission facilities, water storage, purification and pumping facilities, sewage treatment facilities, transportation facilities, police stations, hospitals and other private buildings.
Assessment of risks, impacts and opportunities from natural resources and the environment
In order to find solutions to the problems and issues concerning the environment and the natural resources, there have been the following questions that need to be answered :
1. How did natural resources and the environment throw in to the conflicting situations and how could they participate in conflict degeneration?
2. How were natural resources and the environment impacted by the incongruity and what are the suggestions for the welfare of human health, livelihoods, employment, education and security?
3. What opportunities are present for natural resources and the environment to concretely contribute to peace building?
Precise insinuations for environment, sustainability and green development
When all the issues have been analyzed that affect the natural resources and the environment, then there have been precise insinuations for environment, sustainability and greenery development. Then the following domains of challenges need to be taken into account .
Climate and energy considerations – The climatic factors and the energy sources need to be taken under consideration, for example, the climatic factors are variable and the sources of energy, water, electricity have to be adequately preserved in order to lead to efficient environmental conditions, poverty alleviation and sustaina bility.
Natural cycles and their connected social processes – Natural cycles including water, is meant for a number of purposes, there have been many social processes connected with water, as water is considered to be the main aspect for survival, it is used in agriculture for irrigation purposes, generating power, survival, in industries and factories and other purposes. These have to be taken care of in order to restrain the natural resources and the environmental issues.
The urban-rural nexus – The rural individuals are migrating to urban areas in search for a better livelihood, job opportunities, education and well-being, this is causing a depletion in natural resources; such as urban areas are becoming more and more congested, there has been increase in deforestation in order to construct dwellings and houses for the people, roadways are getting diminished due to increase in vehicles and there has been a major increase in pollution of all kinds, air, water, sound and degradation of land and other surroundings.
Urban infrastructure and transport systems – With the impact of globalization, increase in industrialization, infrastructure, technology, vehicles and innovation methods; the urban areas are getting overcrowded and jam-packed. The rural individuals are migrating to the urban areas in search for better job opportunities in industries and other sectors, this has led to water pollution to a major extent and other depletion of natural resources; with the increase in the transportation, there has been an increase in air pollution and that is in turn causing many health problems to the urban dwellers. Under the point of urban infrastructure and transport systems, it has been understood that there has been a major increase in air pollution that has caused many health problems as there is lesser greenery due to increase in urban population and dwellings.
The green development in future and its economic impacts – Plantations, trees and other greenery is very essential in order to preserve natural resources and for the better livelihood of the individuals, animals, industries, agriculture, crops and forests. The economic impacts for green development are always positive, for instance, encouragement of greenery leads to a decrease in air pollution, the other factors such as water security, coastal communities, energy security, other infrastructural facilities, health related aspects, tourism, agriculture and forestry, food security, natural ecosystems, and above all sustainable development for all living things is implemented in an adequate and an effective manner.
Greening Rural Development
Greening provincial advancement alludes to the assortment of exercises that redevelop and ration the regular asset base, enhance and utilize cleaning materials, advances and procedures to make environment well-disposed items, employments, undertakings and occupations. There have been five extensive results of greening rural development .
Improved resource conservation - Rural development schemes especially MGNREGS and IWDP focus on restoration of natural resources. Conserving and regenerating land and water resources enhances their productivity, leading to increased agricultural outputs and improved livelihoods derived from agriculture, forests and pastures. These schemes can assist in reducing run-off and soil losses, recharge groundwater, increase vegetative cover and improve biodiversity, and thereby, expand the productivity of natural resources and ecosystems.
Improved resource efficiency – Rural development schemes aims to improve the efficiency of natural resources in rural livelihoods and essential services. Under IWDP, there is an opportunity to support farmers and agricultural workers to adopt practices to support irrigation water. This can be implemented by adopting appropriate crops, farming techniques, irrigation systems and improved field irrigation methods.
Reduced negative environmental impacts – Greening rural development schemes can potentially reduce the negative environmental impacts of economic development such as pollution, waste generation etc. Solid and liquid waste management under the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan scheme improves local sanitation and hygiene and in this manner the well-being and health of local residents.
Strengthened climatic resilience of communities – The resilience of local population can be enhanced by reducing the risk of climatic variations such as droughts, cyclones and floods. Afforestation, plantations, fodder management and vegetation belts in the coastal areas lead to livelihood resilience and enable the communities to cope with the climatic changes.
Contribution to climate change mitigation – Large scale forestry and soil conservation measures can seize carbon and greenhouse gas emissions .
Economic Growth and Environmental Sustainability
India has been committed to economic growth and environmental sustainability. The first five year plan (1951-1956) aimed at economic stabilization and investment in the agrarian sector. The plan supported community development taking into consideration the social and economic welfare of the rural sector. The second five year plan aimed at structural transformation with an emphasis on heavy industrialization. The first two plans laid the foundation for development planning in India. The development strategy of the country has mainly emphasized upon economic development. With the increase of velocity of economic growth, the works and the pressures to bring about changes and improvements began to strengthen and therefore the need to pay greater attention to the management of water, forests and land began to enlarge. These are largely associated with the development of the rural sectors not only in India but in other countries of the world as well .
Environmental degradation has been expressed as loss of fertile soils, desertification, unsustainable forest management, reduction of freshwater availability and an extreme biodiversity loss rate. There has been a high correlation between economic growth, rural development and environmental sustainability. Sustainable use of environmental resources can contribute to augmentation and steadiness. It is essential to contribute to the environmental resources to increasing the productivity of investment in agriculture, infrastructure and natural capital. Success in achieving the conservation of the environment will contribute effectively towards rural development, water supply, land management and agricultural activities will be fulfilled effectively. The Schemes of the Ministry of Rural Development are well organized to deliver green endings i.e., to restoring and enhancing the ecosystem services and natural capital .
Natural capital is often esteemed and understood most excellent at the local level, and local knowledge is essential for useful solutions. Communities and societies need to be active supporters of the conversion to sustainable development, alleging their rights and also fulfilling their responsibilities in terms of sustainable management of natural resources. Rural development schemes provide a strong opportunity to cumulative small inventiveness in several locations to improve natural capital on a comprehensive scale. These self-governing institutions and their capacities will be answers to greater effectiveness of regulatory and market instruments in ecosystem rejuvenation and perfection of natural capital .
Discussion and Summary
The depletion of natural resources and environmental degradation are common and are prevalent worldwide, in India, there have been many reasons that lead to the depletion of natural resources and environmental degradation, these are effects of natural calamities and disasters, population explosion, deforestation, increase in transportation, eviction of fumes and poisonous gases from the industries as well as vehicles cause air pollution, throwing of waste into the rivers and lakes cause water pollution and conditions of poverty; with the impact of urbanization and migration of rural individuals into the urban areas in search for better livelihood has led to an increase in all kinds of pollution and deforestation, in urban cities especially in the national capital of Delhi, trees and plantations have been cut down in order to construct residential areas for the urban dwellers and this has been the major source of environmental degradation. Delhi has been considered to be the most populous as well as the most polluted city in the world. Other dire consequences have been that as a result of environmental degradation and depletion of natural resources there has been an increase in the levels of paucity, individuals are getting more prone to living in destitute conditions in rural as well as urban areas.
Deforestation has resulted in calamitous consequences, the rural people who are mostly dependent upon forests for their livelihood, when the forests and trees get chopped down their agricultural occupation suffers, they depend upon forests for their food and to obtain wood, hence undergo tough conditions as a result of deforestation. Natural calamities and disasters are natural as well as man-made; when they occur unexpectedly, they cause threatening consequences upon the lives of the individuals as well as plants and animals, the effects can be environmental, health, economic, social, political, administrative and managerial. In order to investigate the measures that would led to preservation and safeguarding of the environment and the natural resources, it is necessary to access the risks, impacts and the opportunities that are available from these two main aspects, how the life of the individuals would suffer threats, perils and be at jeopardy, what would be the impacts and what are the opportunities available have to be analyzed.
For the environment, sustainability and green development, the specific suggestions have been concerning the climate and energy considerations, natural cycles and their connected social processes, the urban-rural nexus, urban infrastructure and the transport systems, and the green development in future and its economic impacts. The spread of greenery has been considered to be a crucial factor in order to curb weakening of natural resources and environmental degradation, there have been number of activities that are as a result of greening of rural development, improved resource conservation, improved resource efficiency, reduction in the negativities of environmental impacts, strengthening of the climatic resilience of communities and contribution to climate change mitigation. India is a developing nation, with the increase in industrialization and development of technology, innovation and other advancement, it is essential that measures and procedures should be implemented in order to curb all kinds of pollution, plant more trees, in other words, encourage greenery and follow particular waste management procedures; in order to preserve and safeguard natural resources, it is mandatory to follow appropriate measures and steps, as it is up to the human beings to curb man-made disasters such as industrial explosions to safeguard their lives.
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We have provided various speech on natural resources under different words limit. All the natural resources speech are written using simple and easy words especially to fulfill the students need and requirement. Using such speeches students may participate in the speech recitation activity during any occasion in the school. Dear students you can select any speech given below:
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Natural Resources Speech 1
Good morning to the excellencies, respected teachers and dear colleagues. We are gathered here to celebrate this special occasion. At this happy occasion, I would like to speech over the most important topic of natural resources. The most important natural resources are like wood, soil, oil, minerals, petroleum, water, etc. such resources are called as natural resources because all are God gifted and found naturally, no one is made by the human beings. Human beings cannot create the natural resource however can modify and use accordingly. natural resources. Since many years, the nature and natural resources are being exploited by the human beings from the start of civilization, urbanization, technological advancement and industrialization. People have been involved with their closed eyes in the cutting trees and forests for fulfilling the need of fuel, building materials for boats, shelter, houses, etc.
Renewable and nonrenewable are two types of natural resources. We can say wood (one of the main natural resources) a renewable source. Other sources like fish, animals and forests can also be renewed if not over-harvested. Plants and forests can be replanted thus the lack of used wood can be replaced. However, the increasing needs of ever increasing world population is causing the more trees and forests to be cut down at alarming rate. In the cities it is continuously being difficult to see the greenery, giving way to increase pollution and problems to the people in living normal life. If the lack of trees can not be fulfilled at the same rate we are using them may cause them to be expended from the earth which would be a call to unlimited problems like loss of ecosystems, soil erosion, lack of rainfall, etc.
Unlike woods; oil, earth minerals, metal ores, fossil fuels, coal, natural gas, petroleum, nuclear fuels, etc are non-renewable natural resource which cannot be found again. Non-renewable natural resources can be depleted in the future if not used within limit or properly.
Thus we need to follow conservation methods to conserve the natural resources especially non-renewable resources on urgent basis. We should start using some alternative forms of energy in order to reduce the burden on the natural resources. Alternative forms of energy are like sunlight instead of electric lights. Use of solar energy may reduce the need of electric energy to a great extent. Bio gas is another alternative can be used as an alternative to the liquid petroleum gas. We can do natural ecosystem preservation through the maintenance of abundance of nature, preserving endangered species, keeping of biodiversity, etc. We can achieve sustainable forestry by managing the forest resources through some habitual changes like replanting, conversation, and protection from fire, etc.
Dear friends we should join our hands together to make a great effort towards the preservation of natural resources.
Natural Resources Speech 2
A very good morning to the excellencies, respected Principal sir, honorable teachers and my dear friends. As we all know the purpose of getting together here. I would like to speech on the topic of natural resources. I am very very thankful to my class teacher to give me such a great opportunity to speech here at this special occasion. Natural resources are everything created by the nature on this earth and given to us as the God gift for the easy survival of life here. The progress of whole human fraternity worldwide depends on the different natural resources in various means. However, human beings are using natural resources in wrong ways which surely lead us to suffer from the total lack of all natural resources in the future. We are only using the resources for fulfilling our various needs without regenerating them back. Natural resources like water, trees, woods, soil, coal, electricity, oil, gas, nuclear energy, minerals, vegetation, wildlife, etc are very necessary for the proper development of any nation.
Natural resources are form of energy or matter fulfills the needs of people in various aspects like physiological, cultural, socioeconomic, etc. All the natural resources benefits us in various means of life as well as play great roles in maintaining the ecological balance all over the planet. Natural resources are of two types named as renewable resources and non-renewable resources. The resources which can be get back by the natural cycles are called as the renewable resources. However, resources which cannot be get back again by the natural processes are called as the non renewable resources. Renewable resources can be reproduced as they get utilized such as fish, water, forests, woods, crops, leather, soil, solar energy, wood products, etc. Non renewable resources are limited and cannot be reproduced such as metals (like iron, zinc, copper, etc), fossil fuels (like coal, oil deposits, etc), minerals, salts (like phosphates, carbonates, nitrates, etc), stone and many more. Once we lose the non renewable resources in our life, we cannot get it back as it gone forever. Non-renewable resources can be recyclable and non-recyclable. Ores of aluminum, copper, mercury, etc are the recyclable non-renewable resources and
All such types of natural resources are very necessary to make our life possible on the earth. So, we should try our best to preserve and conserve both natural resources.
Natural Resources Speech 3
Good morning to the respected Principal sir, teachers and my dear colleagues. We are gathered here to celebrate the special occasion. Today, I want to speech over natural resources and its importance in our lives. I would like to thank my respected class teacher to offer me such a great opportunity. Dear friends, natural resources are the best God gifts to us which resolve our many problems and make life easy and simple. They are the necessity of our life without which life is almost impossible. The resources which we use to sustain our life is called as natural resource. Natural resources (like sunshine, wind, forests, wild life, etc) are available on the earth before the occurrence of man. Man uses all the natural resources in various forms (natural or alternative forms) in different walks of life to fulfill the unlimited needs and requirements.
Natural resources are the way to various technological improvement all over the world. Its natural and alternative forms are the source to many appropriate technologies to the mankind. Some kind of natural resources are like water, air, land, soil, animals, forests, minerals, energy, metals, etc. Although resources are not available in equal proportion all over the world. The importance of resources can be clearly realized in the area where they are rather scarce. Over exploitation of the natural resources threatens the existence of them on the earth especially non-renewable sources.
Natural resources are so essential for us because they contribute to the economic development of the nation. They provide us many necessary supplies all through the life. There are two types of natural resources renewable and non-renewable. Renewable resources are like water, sun, wind and plants (used at slower rate than they replaced). Non-renewable resources are like natural gas, coal, oil, minerals, etc (used at faster rate than they replenished).
Farmland provides us fertile soil for crop production, water provides energy and power, oil, gas and coal are used to get fuel for transportation and heating industries, etc. In this way, all the natural resources are very useful to us whole life. We should understand their importance and use within limit only when required.
Natural Resources Speech 4
As we are gathered here to celebrate the special occasion of ___. I would like to say a very good morning to the excellencies, respected teachers and dear colleagues. At this occasion, I would like to speech on the topic of natural resources.
The nature has provided us with lots of beneficial gifts for the sustenance of a better life. Natural resources are found all over the earth in various forms however not equally distributed. All the natural resources like soil, land, air, water, minerals, sunlight, wildlife, forest, energy, grassland, fish, etc are used by the human being for their welfare and development. All such resources play a great role in expanding the national output in order to drive the economic development. Sufficient availability of favorable natural resources facilitates the economic development whereas lack or absence of it retards the process of economic development in the country. Scientific techniques developed by the man triggers the proper utilization of all the natural resources. There are more useful resources which are still undiscovered by the man.
Some of the natural resources are exhaustible or nonrenewable type (minerals, oils, etc) however some are renewable or non-exhaustible type (land, fisheries, water, forests, etc). Nonrenewable resources once used cannot be get back however renewable resources can be used endlessly if used with proper care. In order to get sustainable development of the nation, we need to use renewable resources very carefully as well as maintain their quality. Following are common methods of conserving natural resources:
- The percentage of deforestation should be decreased and new tree plantation programmes should be promoted. Everybody should take part in plantation and care the plants.
- Over utilization of the natural resources should be lessened and its proper and limited use should be promoted.
- Everyone should practice the waste disposal, compose and then restore biodiversity.
- Farmers should be taught properly for mixed cropping, crop rotation, and use of fertilizers (manures, bio-fertilizers, organic fertilizers, etc).
- Rain water harvesting methods should be promoted among common public.
- In order to reduce water wastage, drip irrigation or sprinkling irrigation should be practiced.
- People should practice energy saving methods to prevent energy wastage.
- Wildlife protection should be promoted by banning the hunting of animals.
- Renewable source of energy should be used as much as possible instead of non-renewable.
- People of all level should be educated equally about the protection and required use of natural resources.
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