Updated: Jan 12
"...things that are normally not made by humans" - Wikipedia.
It seems the question 'What is nature?" is slightly less straight forward than one might initially imagine. Considering nature to be everything that humans haven't created (from natural resources) is perhaps the easiest to use as a starting point for discussion.
Nature, in the broadest sense, means the physical world as a whole. This is the meaning that physics, the study of nature (etymologically), takes. The science of ecology is about plants and animals as a whole, while biology studies every type of living thing.
One key aspect of this debate that we feel strongly about at NR, is that natural resources shouldn't be considered as finite, and we as humans shouldn't assume we can / should consume them without great consideration for the impact of doing so.
We ourselves are by definition a prime example of nature, and as such (we at NR feel) should embrace and protect it.
One thing seems to be certain, and that is, every part of nature (everything from the air to the dirt on the ground) is interdependent. Ignoring this, and respecting our own place within it, could be a high risk strategy.