Natural Resources

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Alexia M. Williams
September 25th, 2010
English - Writing Assignment 3
Prof. Courtney
Word Count#: 1024

“What is our personal responsibility toward the natural world? What power do we have to influence events? Of course, the word resource - implies something to be used, yet how far do we go?” These questions are just a few of the questions we were asked to respond to. In the following few paragraphs I will describe in more depth in my opinion what our responsibility is. As well as how much power we have, and how much of our resources we should use.

I had a bit of writer’s block when beginning this writing assignment. I knew what I wanted to say, just not how to say it. I thought I should find out exactly what our natural resources were, in order to effectively answer the questions presented to me. The definition of a natural resource is: any resource that is supplied by nature. Some of the resources we get from nature are: water, minerals, coal, oil, gas, living things, and the land itself. Other important resources that I think should also be considered are resources that are obtained from animals. We get milk, eggs, meat, fish, skin/hide, all of which are needed to be able to survive. Our responsibility is to these resources, because they keep us alive. We should never take them for granted because although they most of the time are in abundance they are not in an infinite supply. We should use as much of these resources as needed to survive, but replacing them when ever at all possible. Our responsibility is to make sure we never run out of these resources, to make sure we are constantly doing our part to find alternative to these resources – so we do not exhaust our supply. I do very much agree with our book that “the word resources does imply something to be used, yet how far do we go?...” Keep in mind, I don’t think they are saying that they are infinite resources, so to me the word resources doesn’t mean something we’ll have...
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