Conserving culturally important sites from all facets of past civilization is a task that is not undertaken often enough. There are beautiful landmarks, both natural and manmade, that need protection from both natural and artificial elements that could potentially destroy them. Here are some steps every person can take to conserve and protect these important features.
Architectural features conservation typically refers to the protection of incredibly old structures, although the terms can be applied to newer buildings as well. Architects have a code of principles they uphold whenever they work around historic sites, and general visitors can do their part to uphold these principles as well. The first principle is that the landmark is a shared resource, so it should not be treated like it belongs to one person or group. Another is that it is the individual’s responsibility to do what he or she can to keep the structure safe and protected from anything. It is also the individual’s responsibility to understand the significance or importance of the landmark. This way, the values that the landmark historically held are not compromised. There are other parts of this code that need to be upheld, but these are some of the main points.
Whether a national park, a state park, or another outdoor area you like to relax in, you can help conserve the environment of that place in your own small way. Firstly, something that can generally help any natural environment is reducing your carbon footprint. While one person reducing his or her energy consumption will likely not cause any real difference, the important thing is that you are setting a precedent for your neighbors and future generations. However, for a more direct approach to conserving natural environments, there are ways to go about helping the environment from within. For example, picking up trash is a good, easy way to do your part. When you visit a natural landmark, it’s a generally recognized rule to take nothing and leave nothing. You should do your best to leave the site exactly as you found it. If you see anything suspicious, a wounded animal, or anything else that seems unnatural, report it to a park ranger or other authority figure immediately.
Conservation is undeniably important. If you often find yourself visiting these places, whether architectural or natural, take it upon yourself to help in the conservation so other visitors can enjoy it for years to come.