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People who want to make their voices heard on environmental issues can do so in a number of ways. Locally, they can send letters to the editors of community newspapers to reach a wide audience. Public hearings and community meetings also provide opportunities to make a strong vocal statement. On a larger political scale, a typed or handwritten letter to a government official is particularly effective. Faxing the letter to the official is another option. Telephone calls to legislators show that the callers care enough to spend a little money, and also offers an unparalleled opportunity for immediate feedback. However, it is not always easy to actually get connected to the recipient. E-mails are less personal than regular letters, but they are very convenient and the have the potential to mobilize hundreds or thousands of messages, making it an indispensable tool for the environmental activist.


Sustainability refers to practices that allow current populations to meet their needs without impacting the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The idea was developed to describe the long-term use of natural resources but has been expanded to include a diversity of situations, including community structures, economic policies, and social justice. Sustainability is a relatively new concept that is becoming a common ideal but is not yet widely practiced.

Non-renewable resources

The use of non-renewable resources is by definition, unsustainable. The use of fossil fuels is a prime example. Industrial societies rely on oil and natural gas to power manufacturing, propel vehicles, heat homes, and cook meals. In addition, many goods, like plastics, are partially made of petroleum products. Ongoing geologic processes are continuing to produce fossil fuels, as they have for millennia, but the rate at which we are using them far outstrips the rate at which natural cycles regenerate them. Some scientists project that oil and gas reserves will be largely drained in 50 – 200 years. Future generations will have to find other sources of energy.

Environmental degradation

Some practices are not sustainable because they cause severe environmental damage. For example, some modern agricultural methods actually destroy the soil they rely on, so that farms flourish for a time but then must be abandoned. Desert lands can grow crops if they are intensively irrigated. But when irrigation water evaporates in hot climates, the soil becomes more and more salty, until plant growth is stunted. In the tropics, when rainforests are chopped down to make way for crops, soils lose the steady nutrient supply the forest provided and soon become infertile.

Renewable resources

Renewable resources can be used far into the future. Wind power is a type of renewable energy. Windmills, which turn in the wind to spin turbines that generate electricity, don’t use up or diminish the air. And the supply of wind is renewed every day, when uneven solar heating of the Earth causes hot air to rise and cold air to sink.

Questions & Answers

I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
How can I make nanorobot?
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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