Conservation and Preservation Environmental Science Checkpoint

Conservation and Preservation Checkpoint
Jesse Ratliff Jr.
August 17, 2012
Michael Brlan

Conservation and Preservation Checkpoint
The environmentally concerned citizens have a dichotomy all their own; conservation or preservation. Conservation is the responsible use of natural resources in order to ensure future usage and quality. Preservation is the protection of natural resources by banning their usage in order to maintain nature as it is found (Berg & Hager, 2007).
Conservation is a good concept as long as it is not extreme. Humans are here, the common intelligence of humanity calls for energy availability in the form of electricity, petroleum, and water. If preservationists had their way, humans would likely be extinct within a century or two since society would break down and mass violence would consume humanity until eventually everyone killed everyone else. Conservation is the best method for prolonging humanity as well as the life resources of the planet. Trees grow all the time, anyone that says the logging industry is going to rid the earth of its last tree is either naive or lying. In fact, most logging industry-leading companies spend large amounts of money and many even volunteer their time to plant new trees after logging an area. Oil companies are researching and developing new methods for retrieving products from below the surfaces of the planet.
I am definitely a conservationist, not a preservationist. While I enjoy camping in the woods, hiking the trails, and quiet country settings, I am also realistic enough to know that I enjoy my silicon-based computer, high-speed internet access, and big screen television. I also have no problem filling my car up with gasoline and drive where I need to be. The resources are here for us to use otherwise they would not be here. We should be smart enough to know that we need to use the resources responsibly and with regard to the future of our planet.

Berg, L. R., & Hager, M. C. (2007). Visualizing environmental science. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons

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