What is the common thing between the water we drink, the food we eat and the importance of books we read? All of these things are resources. Resources are substances that have a worth as well as useful to humankind. Then why a beauty home remedy has a use still not a resource? To find the answer to this and more details on Class 8 Resources here is a blog that will explore everything about resources, types and conservation of resources!
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What are Resources?
Things that have value and satisfy a human need are called Resouces. Fruits, vegetables, rickshaws, Water, Electricity all are resources because they have value and a human need. A thing will only be considered a resource if it has value and utility. Any substance has the ability to change into a resource with time and technology. The resources are not fixed and change over a period of time. For Example – A home remedy of Grandmother has utility but no value in the market, if the same remedy is patented for selling by a medical firm will become a resource.
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Types of Resources
The resources can be classified into three types
- Natural Resources
- Human Made Resouces
- Human Resouces
The resources that exist naturally without any efforts or modifications from human beings are called natural resources. For example – Air, Solar Energy, Water, Coal, Petroleum are natural resources. Natural Resouces are further classified into two categories – Renewable and Non-Renewable Resouces. Renewable resources are the resources that are renewed or replenish quickly in a finite period of time. For example – Wind and solar energy are not affected by the consumption of humans. However, Water is also a renewable resource but due to careless use most of the parts of the world face water shortages or drying up. Non-renewable resources are the resources that limited resources. In case the resources are used completed they will not be replaced immediately. Non-renewable resources take thousands of years to replenish. For Example – Coal, Petroleum, etc.
Human Made Resouces
Natural resources that require a modification and their original form is changed for utilization are Human-Made Resources. For example – Woods, Sands used to create buildings and houses. Technology is also a Human-Made resource.
The greatest resources that have the ability to consume and turn resources for utilization and better consumption are Humans. Humans are also the resources. Humans turned into valuable resources with quality education, improved health, and when they are able to gain skills and the ability to create more resources it is called human resource development.
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The resources are valuable and should be used carefully. We might have resources today but the coming generations will have to suffer if we don’t take the necessary steps to conserve the environment and resources. Resouces conservation refers to giving the resources appropriate time to be renewed and using the available resources carefully and when humans balance the use of resources with conservation for coming years is called sustainable development. The future depends on the present human beings and few simple steps can create a bigger impact. Our responsibility and duty towards conserving resources are as follows:
- Sustainable use of all renewable resources
- Conserving the diversity of life on the earth
- Minimizing the damage to the natural environment.
Questions Based on Class 8 Resouces
Now that you are through with the class 8 Resouces notes, test your knowledge with these questions:
Why are resources distributed unequally over the earth?
The resource distribution is based on various factors such as climate, land, and altitude. The distribution of resources is unequal because these factors differ from place to place over the earth.
What is resource conservation?
When resources are used carefully and given sufficient time to be renewed is called Resource Conservation.
Why are human resources important?
Only Humans have the ability to create more resources from the given resources by gaining the required skills and knowledge. This is the reason Human Resouces are considered special and important.
What is sustainable development?
When the resource consumption is balanced with its conservation is called as Sustainable Development.
Choose the correct answer:
Which one of the following does NOT make the substance a resource?
Answer – 3
Which one of the following is a human-made resource?
- medicines to treat cancer
- spring water
- tropical forests
Answer – 1
Complete the statement. Non-renewable resources are
- those which have limited stock
- made by human beings
- derived from non-living things
Answer – 1
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