An increasing global population needs more resources. At a basic level we need uncontaminated food and water supplies, shelter, clothing and good health. Resources are also required to make all the things that we use in our daily lives.
The world's natural resources have conflicting demands upon them and can be difficult to manage.
To conserve natural resources for future generations, sustainable [sustainable: Doing something in a way that minimises damage to the environment and avoids using up natural resources, eg by using renewable resources. ] management of the natural environment is necessary. Alternative resources might be developed in order to ease the strain on finite resources [finite resources: A resource that can only be used once and is in limited supply. For example, oil is a finite resource. ]. However, alternative resources can be expensive and take time to develop. Existing resources could be used more efficiently, to prevent finite resources being used up so quickly.
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