Renewable energy

Sustainable use of resources

The world's natural resources have conflicting demands upon them and can be difficult to manage.

Aims of sustainability

  • The environment should be preserved.
  • Resources need to be retained for future generations to enjoy.
  • Humans need to continue to make and do the things that allow them to live comfortably.
  • LEDCs need to develop through exploiting their resources.
  • There should be a better balance between the consumption of those resources between LEDCs and MEDCs.

To conserve natural resources for future generations, sustainable management of the natural environment is necessary.

Alternative resources might be developed in order to ease the strain on finite resources.

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.