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Our Use of Natural Resources and Over Exploitation

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In this article we will talk about over exploitation of natural

Over Exploitation of Natural Resources
Commissioner Malakand Division Riaz Khan Mehsud


From the very first day, humans are using natural resources.  We are using natural resources but its over exploitation is very dangerous. Over and over, feeling no pain. A number of resources keeps us alive. In a sense these all resources are for us, the humans. On the other hand we must use it in a sustainable way.

Natural Resources

The natural resources may be of two types. They are Renewable and Nonrenewable. These provide us a lot of services. some of them are…

  1. Forests including trees, plants, herbs and shrubs.
  2. Natural gas.
  3. Oil and petroleum.
  4. Metals like copper, gold, silver, chromium, cadmium, and many more.
  5. Non-metals like oxygen, hydrogen, carbon etc.
  6. Coal and other carbon containing compounds.
  7. Air is also a resource like wind mills use fast winds. And hundreds more.

These numerous resources act as precursors for many human products. We use wood for timber, paper, furniture etc. our use for metals is very extensive. These are used for coins, furniture, light and heavy machineries and a lot more.

Artificial resources are those which are secondarily made by humans. Primarily these are also from natural ones.  For example, paper comes from wood. Paper is artificial one, but based on natural wood.

Our story of exploitation

Since beginning, humans are destroying this nature. One of the great explanations is over-population. Less number of people means controlled use of resources. The more the people, the more is the use of these. More people are cutting trees since ever. Mining is increasing. More people are harvesting crops to deal with over growth of people. Extensive use of plastic materials is devastating us. Freshwater bodies are degrading day by day.

Mining process opens the way for more filth. It adds both required metals and also those which are non-wanted. For us to be successful, conservation of resources is like saving our own lives.

Let us come together and raise hands for our success and survival. Our survival is in the survival of resources.

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Sohail Anjum

Sohail Anjum completed his undergraduate degree in Zoology from University of Malakand in September 2019. He is a young researcher in Ecology. He has also worked with IUCN as a Reviewer of Proposals for IUCN Congress 2020.

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