“Our natural resources are being depleted by people who are greedy and think nothing about the damage they are doing,” he continued. “There is only so much land, so much timber and water. It’s a sad thing to see it wasted and destroyed. It’s true people need jobs and there are areas that need development, and industry. But there must be a balance. We must take care of what we have.”
Our world is changing every day and at a very rapid pace. Just as families grow and change, businesses, communities, states and governments grow and change. How we individually and corporately handle our resources can determine whether our lives will be productive or have considerable ramifications.
Resources include not only tangible items like land, buildings and equipment, but also the time and talent people have and are willing to make available, in order to be productive. Additionally, resources are ideally for the benefit of those who use them. But is this always the case? Are there times when resources are abused?
The answer is a resounding, “yes!” Forests are being obliterated an equivalent to 20 football fields every minute. According to data, the average American uses nearly 750 pounds of pager every single year. Admittedly with the use of computers and other technology, that number can be altered. But think of it; 750 pounds a year!
And what of our water? Landfill toxins seeping into the ground is contaminating the one percent of water on our Earth which is drinkable. And the contaminants not only affect people and animals, but plants and every other living thing. It’s becoming a problem of great magnitude and we really need to think about the consequences of not protecting this natural resource.
If you begin to contemplate the oil issue, there is a huge amount of turbulence around this resource, too! Petroleum oil is highly valuable in its various forms. Aside from fuel, this resource is the basis for vitamin capsules, dyes, footballs, shoes, cortisone, yarn, paint, candles and hand lotion, and this is just the tip of the ice burg! According to statistics the average American uses petroleum based products (not including fuel) equivalent to about three and a half gallons of oil a day! Additionally the usage of natural gas ranges upward of 250 cubic feet!
So what happens when our resources are depleted? Many will suffer and in some cases the results could be catastrophic. It’s about choices. We have to choose how much time, energy, consumption and dollars to devote to our natural resources. We need to use our creative abilities to find ways to combine resources to enable us to maintain our well-being without destroying our natural environment.
Our behaviors aren’t confined to business and industry. It includes the collective actions of governments and countries, as well as, individual conduct. So I challenge you this next week to consider your views about our natural resources. Will there be anything left for the next generation, for your children or grandchildren?