Teaching conservation in urban high schools
"Conservation" is a great word--everybody is for it, but too few have done much about it in the past. Conservation is the act of conserving, preserving, guarding and protecting--preservation from loss, decay, injury or violation. This word is generally used in connection with our scenic and historic resources, forest and wild vegetation resources, wildlife resources as well as our soil, water and mineral resources. Conservation may also be applied to human life, or anything on or within the earth. Its primary meaning to us is to save natural resources and make them useful to the people, for the longest possible period of time; in other words, to use resources wisely and prevent waste. The conservation of our natural resources, including human resources, not only constitutes the fundamental problem of our local and national life, but also is an important problem in international relations and national defense.