I am in an Environmental Ethics class. I am doing a research paper on Soil.
Some Authors we have to use as part of our project are:
Aldo Leoplod, "The Land Ethics"
Holmes Rolston "Environmental Ethics"
and Rachel Carson "Silent Spring"
My question is how do I tie in Soil to environmental ethics?
Basically I need an outline that looks like the one below but based on different environmental ethical points and based on Soil:
- Introduction into Colony Collapse Disorder, information and statistics regarding the decline in global bee populations.
- Introduction to Aldo Leopold’s Land Ethic – key points (succinct)
- Thesis (problem and land ethic solution)
Ethics point 1: “We can only be ethical in relation to something we can see, feel, understand, love, or otherwise have faith in.” (Leopold)
- Education of youth (look into youth programs)
- Resources for adults(?) Emphasize the importance of understanding how the creature works and functions in the environment in order to foster a connection to it.
Ethics point 2: Individuals play the role of protector and preserver of the land.
- Once education is successful, resources are implemented globally. Resources can be further education, tax breaks for pollinator gardens, etc.
- Implementation of “bee-friendly” landscapes, green roofs, pollinator gardens. Break up food deserts.
- Implementation of cover crops, buffer zones around crops that support pollinators.
Ethics point 3: The land needs love and respect.
- Pesticides and chemical connection cannot be ignored.
Land Ethic and Global Bee Decline
Individuals play a vitally important role in protecting and preserving the environment. How can the environment sustain humans for generations to come without considering the environment in human economic growth, resource management, and the preservation or conservation of non-human species? The key to positive environmental management lies in a deep-rooted land ethic. Considering ethics in environmental planning and management can lead to multi-generation success. Colony Collapse Disorder is a multi-faceted problem without a single cause. Rather, the decline in bee populations is a multi-pronged issue consisting of lack of food due to urbanization, habitat loss and monocultures, pesticides, diseases, and parasites. A land ethic can have a profound impact on a small non-human creature, but a not-so-small environmental issue. Colony Collapse Disorder is one such issue that can be mitigated with a healthy land ethic.
Aldo Leopold said “we can only be ethical in relation to something we can see, feel, understand, love, or otherwise have faith in.” The first step to fixing colony collapse and the decline in bee populations is by fixing, where broken, and inserting, where not found, a strong land ethic. This of course, starts with education.
If the education of the public is successful, and people start to make a worthwhile connection between pollinators and their importance, humans are on the way towards an appropriate land ethic. “A land ethic, then, reflects the existence of an ecological conscience, and this in turn reflects a conviction of individual responsibility for the health of the land.” With this capability of conscience thought comes the duty of humans to act ethically towards the land and the non-human creatures that live there. Does this mean that humans cannot also live, cannot expand, pursue economic growth? On the contrary, we can include all the above in a land ethic that considers the environment first. One possible step in this is the inclusion of green or living roofs in all manners of development. Whether the suburban, urban, or rural sprawl, homeowners and developers can supply pollinators with important habitat and food.
A key to Aldo Leopold’s Land Ethic is that the “land has to be loved and respected.” The land cannot be loved and respected by simultaneously spraying it with harmful chemicals.
The solution to the decline in global bee populations can lie in the simple growth of a land ethic. By educating youth and adults, fostering healthy relationships with the environment and making resources and knowledge available to those in all walks of life, humans and have a positive impact on non-human inhabitants of the planet.
Leopold, Aldo. A Sand County Almanac. New York: Oxford, 1966. (Part IV)