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Sustainable Resources
Using wave power is a sustainable practice.

Sustainable Resources

Globalisation and an ever increasing world population has led to an increase in the demand for resources. Some of these are renewable, some are non-renewable and others are sustainable. For your GCSE, sustainability crops up throughout the course so you need to know some examples of sustainable resources and sustainable practices.

At a basic level, humans need food, clean water, shelter and clothing. Food and clean water are both renewable and sustainable resources. They will renew themselves without human intervention, however, in areas of high population, human intervention is required. Shelter and clothing can be made from sustainable and renewable resources. But once we start to use mineral resources such as metals and fossil fuels, then we are using non-renewable resources which will eventually run out.

Farming methods that help to conserve local wildlife and plant life are referred to as:
sustainable farming
renewable farming
Organic farming is an example of a sustainable farming practice
Which of the following resources is sustainable?
Hydroelectric power provided by a pumped storage system
Fossil fuels
A sustainable resource is a resource that can be managed so that it renews itself. Managing forests that provide timber is a good example of this
Which of the following activities can help towards sustainable resource use?
This benefits the environment and reduces the demand for new raw materials
Which of the following is NOT an aim of the sustainable use of resources?
Preservation of the environment
Conservation of the Earth's resources
Reduction of biodiversity
Balance the consumption of resources between LEDCs and MEDCs
Sustainability aims to protect the environment
Which of the following is an example of ecotourism?
Building a hotel in the jungle so people can visit to see the wildlife
Building a new railway so that people can get to the Lake District more easily
A jungle lodge built from local materials and managed by the local community
Increasing the number of daily flights to a LEDC so that more tourists can get there
Increasing the number of visitors to any tourist destination is more likely to harm the environment
Our use of resources increases the volume of pollutants in the atmosphere. One of these is carbon dioxide. What is the name of the agreement signed by many international leaders committing their governments to find ways of reducing greenhouse gas emissions?
The Tokyo Accord
The Kyoto Protocol
The United Nations Agreement
The Global Warming Symposium
The environment is our most precious resource, if we don't use it sustainably, the future of the human race could be in jeapordy
Using which of the following energy resources is a sustainable practice?
Wind power
Wave power
Solar power
All of the above
Our use of fossil fuels as a source of energy is not sustainable
Where in the world are the most resources consumed?
People in richer countries have more money to spend on consumer items
A resource that does not require human management to renew itself is called:
a renewable resource
a finite resource
a sustainable resource
a fossil fuel
Be careful not to confuse renewable with sustainable
In order to put across the ideas of sustainable use of resources, it is necessary to educate people. Why is this likely to be less effective in an LEDC?
They use fewer resources
Fewer people live in LEDCs
LEDCs don't have any resources that they need to manage
Lower literacy levels and poorer comminications in LEDCs
If a nation has poor literacy levels and under-developed communications networks, it is more difficult to reach a lot of people
Author:  Kev Woodward

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