How many plants and animals live near you? Probably more than you think. Just in one backyard lies a tiny universe of plants and animals that are all dependent on one another and the environment for survival.
For example, you probably have earthworms in your soil. The earthworms help keep the soil healthy so plants can grow. The plants feed many animals, including birds, squirrels and rabbits. If you grow a garden, the plants may even feed you. The earthworms become lunch for snakes, frogs and rabbits. Likewise, these small animals are eaten by predators, such as larger snakes, coyotes, owls, fox and hawks.
If one part of this ecosystem is destroyed, everything else becomes unbalanced. For example, if the coyotes leave, the rabbits become too numerous. They eat all the plants – including your lovely garden. Soon, the rabbits are hungry, along with other animals. Maybe even you.
Now imagine the number of ecosystems found all over the world. Everywhere you look, nature is in delicate balance. Don’t think because you’re human and buy your food at a grocery store, you’re not affected. Every living thing on the planet depends on other living things for survival.
What does Conservation mean? Conservation seems like a big word, but it is actually very simple. It means understanding nature’s balance and not taking more than your fair share.
Fun Facts About Environment Conservation for Kids
- Governments work together to protect endangered species. They make it illegal to kill these animals or sell their furs and skins. Governments also set aside nature preserves where animals are always protected.
- Unfortunately, laws protecting animals only work if they’re enforced. In some places, poachers illegally kill endangered animals, but are rarely caught.
- Reserves are a good idea, but only 12.1 percent of the Earth’s land surface is covered by reserves. We need more to protect wildlife.
- You can practice conservation. Pick up trash. Follow the rules when you’re hiking, camping or fishing to protect wild places. Don’t leave the trails and don’t take plants or animals.
- Conservation: using natural resources wisely
- Delicate: Fragile
- Illegal: against the law
All About Conservation Video for Kids
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Question: What else can I do to help?
Answer: Use resources wisely. Turn off the water when you’re brushing your teeth and don’t throw clean clothes in the dirty laundry. Recycle paper, plastic and glass.
Question: What is being done to help protect the Earth?
Answer: All sorts of projects are happening that helps save the Earth. One of them is the conservation movement, also known as nature conservation. It is a political, environmental and a social movement that seeks to protect natural resources including animal, fungus and plant species as well as their habitat for the future.
Question: Is the Conservation Movement the same as environmentalism?
Answer: In the United States, conservation is seen as differing from environmentalism in that it aims to preserve natural resources for their continued sustainable use by humans. In other parts of the world, conservation is used for the active protection of wildlife for their inherent value, as much as for any value they may have for humans.
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