What does conservation mean?
Do you sometimes eat jam on bread? Well, to make jam from excess fruit is a responsible way to avoid food waste, and to keep it for later use. Conservation means to keep something safe from being destroyed, or by using it carefully to prevent waste.
Conservation in nature means to protect animals, plants, and natural resources. It means to use things like water, trees, and fish very carefully so that they are not wasted or lost. Can you think of a few examples? When we buy products made from recycled paper, we’re helping to conserve trees. When we protect the special habitats of certain animals or plants, we’re conserving nature. Conservation is like saving something or using it wisely.
There are countless organizations who work to protect our planet. There are groups to protect wildlife like the World Wildlife Fund, to protect the oceans like Pristine Seas or lands like the Nature Conservancy Agency or the Rainforest Alliance.
What you can do:
There are lots of ways that you can help conserve! Recycling glass, plastic, aluminum, paper, and anything else you can is one great example. Reusing containers and printing on the back of paper are also good examples. Using less in the first place is another great way! Have you ever thought about whether or not you’d notice the difference if you used one less square of toilet paper in the bathroom, or one less napkin at lunchtime? Reducing is a form of conservation too!