You have been asked to give a speech to students on Nature Day. Talk
about what can be done to conserve natural resources for future generations.
It is an honour to address you on this lovely morning when people all over the
world are celebrating Nature Day. I stand before you to talk to you on how
natural resources may be saved for the future generations.
Over the years, we have been taught the importance of reusing and recycling.
Through all the different lessons that we had, I do not remember the mention of
natural resources. Friends, conservation of natural resources is one of the
major reasons that we have been encouraged to reuse and recycle.
Let me focus on just the paper industry. When we say recycling, it is the
recycling that immediately comes to mind because as students, this is the one
product we use in large quantities. When paper is recycled, it reduces the need
to cut down forests. We all know that softwood trees are a big industry. It is
from the soft wood that we make paper pulp. Plantations of softwood trees
provide a necessary support for the industry. There are many environment impacts
in the planting of these trees, their maintenance over the years, the use of
fertilisers and herbicides that build up to their harvesting. Each of these
activities has its own impact on the environment. Every plantation is also a
forest. When the forest is cut down in the name of harvesting the trees, there
is a direct impact on the plants and animals that have established themselves in
When we recycle paper, there is no impact on flora and fauna due to
deforestation. There is no threat to species due to loss of habitat. Thus, there
is no disturbance to the natural environment. No workers are exposed to
herbicides or the release of any dioxins. Consequently, there is hardly any
acidification of oceans.
The forests that were not cut down to be replaced by plantations and the flora
and fauna that live in that habitat remained undisturbed simply because we
recycle paper. I have spoken to you only of the recycling of paper. Using paper
as an example, can you imagine the beneficial impact that each one of us can
have on the environment when we ensure that we recycle and reuse as much as
possible? There are close to 7 billion of us on this planet. Can you imagine how
much of the resources we could save by opting for reusing and recycling? I leave
you with that thought.
Happy Nature Day!