All of us are well aware of the fact that we have only one Earth and that there is no planet B wherein the conditions are suitable enough to sustain life. Therefore, the importance of taking good care of our only home, planet Earth cannot be stressed enough. The inhabitants of the Earth, particularly human beings, must realize that everything that they do have a direct as well as indirect impact on the environment. This holds true particularly for commercial establishments, large institutions, corporate offices, and factories. Thus, ‘going green’ is the need of the hour because we need to stop being selfish and preserve the environment matters and help create sustainable living for our future generations.
Environmental Matters Explained
So what exactly are environmental matters and what are they used for? In plain terms, environmental matters are basically the ecosystems and the valuable species present on Earth. An ecosystem can be defined as a biological community comprising of interacting living organisms and their physical environment. Ecosystem are generally a very complex and interconnected system wherein everything affects everything! Now it is not possible to completely avoid the hazardous or unfavorable impacts on environment matters, but steps can be taken in order to keep these unavoidable adverse impacts to a minimum or offset them to create a balance in the ecosystem.
To put it in another way, environmental matters are basically natural components which are created by Mother Nature in order to support or sustain life on Earth. Some example of environmental matters are air, water, minerals, forest, soil, plants and so on. Environmental matters can be categorized into exhaustible and inexhaustible matters. Resources such as sunlight and air which exist in unlimited quantity are termed as inexhaustible matters whereas resources which can be exhausted in the long run like natural gas, trees, coal, minerals, oil, etc are termed as exhaustible environmental matters.
Uses of Environmental Matters
Both human beings as well as animals make use of environmental matters for their survival. In case of humans, they tend to exploit these matters out of greed for commercial gains and to develop the economy of the nation they live in. After all, one cannot thrive without the necessary supplies. Also, these environmental resources provide people with job opportunities and scope for tourism. According to statistics, the US coastlines facilitated more than two million jobs to people and generated billions of dollars for the nation as a whole in the recent years. Environmental matters also provide economic opportunities in terms of construction, drilling, oil mining, shipping, boating, and transportation.
Not just coastlines, even land has plenty of use as an environmental matter. For instance, farmlands containing fertile soil is used for agricultural purpose to produce more resources like fruits, vegetables, plants, and trees.
About 71% of the Earth’s surface is water, which is why it is one of the most important environmental matters. Thus, the water from streams, lakes, and rivers do not just come to use in case of agricultural activities but it also provides power and energy to buildings in the form of electricity. Environmental matters such as coal, oil, and gas as used extensively by transportation and heating industries.
Degradation of Environmental Matters – What Can Be Done?
As mentioned earlier, the need of the hour is to go green because there are limited environmental matters or resources on Earth. Of course, this doesn’t mean that humans should do away with utilizing the resources completely because that it is not a viable option. Besides, it is impossible to survive without environmental matters too! The ideal solution here would be to create an environmental offset in order to protect the limited environmental matters.
For instance, if a large plot of land has been cleared of significant environmental matters for the building of houses, apartments or office buildings then an offset should be created by securing additional land and replenishing the environmental meters in that plot of land. Say, if a forest has been cleared for commercial space then one must plant additional trees in another part of the land to ensure that environmental offset is maintained. Also, this ensures that the significant environmental values or matters which were lost at the development site are replaced elsewhere. This is from Substation Safety.