Article 5 “The Land Ethic” Aldo Leopold October 13,2017 Author Notes: Aldo Leopold Considered to be the father of wildlife ecology and the United States’ wilderness system, Aldo Leopold was a conservationist, forester, philosopher, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast. Among his well-known ideas is “The Land Ethic.”
Article #5 “The Land Ethic” Notes Interaction with nature is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community Interaction with nature is wrong when it tends otherwise Humans exist within an integrated community of life that also includes other animals, plants, rocks, soils and waters. Humans are plain members and citizens of the biotic community therefore have a moral obligation to act consistently with long term welfare of that community. Land health is an appropriate and much needed goal for all conservation efforts. Humans actions are morally right when they uphold the integrity stability and beauty of the biotic community. Humans are limited beings Proposal for wide ranging shift in the ways people conceive of and interact with nature, from being separate and apart to being full-fledged community members. An internal change in our intellectual emphasis, loyalties, affections and convictions. In the name of protecting the land community, humans could and indeed should be killed. Leopold’s holistic stance, in fact, did justify lethal methods to reduce population of non- human species but certainly not the killing of people. Respect for the biotic rights of species and rare communities seems not to conflict with the moral primacy of community health. Focused on the ecological functioning of the community, particularly its ability to cycle nutrients efficiently, an aspect of community functioning that is less prone to change Reading # 5 “The Land Ethic” Q & A
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