Each local area has a number of different kinds of resources. People use these resources to keep alive and to cope with changing seasons, political change and cultural pressures. Helping people to understand and to value the different resources they have is very important. These are the main kinds of resources:

Many communities are poor in financial resources but may be rich in terms of their human, social and spiritual resources. Often, one kind of resource can be used in place of another resource which is lacking. For example, instead of growing their own food, a family with few natural resources (land) could earn money to buy food by hiring out their labour and skills (human resources) to others.


Draw a chart like the one illustrated and use it to list all the different resources in our local area. Use arrows to show particular stresses that people may face at different times.

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