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2020-01-20 Issue 130 – Fundamental Behavior 3 – Protect the Environment

January 20, 2020
Author: YKK
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Fundamental Behavior 3

Environmental Conservation versus Preservation

In today’s era, many people see the need to protect the natural environment. This is common sense in the modern world, and there are four major themes that aim for a future in which people and nature can live in harmony:

  • Reducing global warming
  • Protecting the oceans and forests
  • Sustainable use of resources (recycling)
  • Protecting wildlife

And you are doing it in your everyday life, such as at home or school, and as part of corporate responsibility at work! KPI improvements in saving energy, space, electricity, paper, the use of environmentally conscious materials, renewable energy, and improvement in air flow will also contribute to the above.

Environmental “conservation” is the concept of conserving nature and the natural environment for the sake of humans.

Environmental “preservation” is the concept of protecting nature for its own sake.

  • Conservation favors tree plantings to reduce deforestation and flood prevention construction in populated areas;
  • Conservation opposes development that could lead to pollution from industrial wastewater and would reduce fish stock and affect scenery;
  • Preservation favors the artificial breeding only of endangered species and dam construction only to prevent natural disasters;
  • Preservation means leaving virgin forests untouched and the complete prohibition of whaling.

What we do for humans and what we do for nature

In the real world, the conflict between these two ideas has been repeated relentlessly whenever the conservation of nature becomes a social problem due to differences between countries, domestic circumstances, and politics. East or West, whenever the issue emerges in industrialized nations, such as the dispute between Gifford Pinchot and John Muir* or the departure from the Paris Agreement in the United States, the conflict between conservation and preservation always becomes big news. Humans have also developed civilizations that exploit the natural environment.

What do you think has the power to support the conservation movement?

What kind of conversations do you have at home with your children?

We look forward hearing about what kinds of conversations you have at home on this topic.

“We Do Not Inherit the Earth from Our Ancestors; We Borrow It from Our Children” -Native American Proverb

Kenji Ichibakase
Vice President / General Manager – Manufacturing
YKK (U.S.A.) Inc.

*Gifford Pinchot and John Muir had radically contrasting views of how to manage America’s wild lands. Muir promoted preservation and Pinchot advocated for conservation. Learn more: https://www.fs.usda.gov/features/conservation-versus-preservation