Leopold, Aldo (1947) The Land Ethic
In “The Land Ethic” is a chapter from A Sand County Almanac (1947) by American environmental philosopher and naturalist Aldo Leopold. It articulates a philosophy that reveres nature and grants it moral status as part of the community. Leopold argued that humans should conceive of their relationships to nature differently. Seeing that ethics were focused on humans and property, he urged us to enlarge the community to “include soils, waters, plants, and animals, or collectively: the land.” The land, then should be preserved and protected. Doing so is right. Not doing so is wrong.
You might find that “The Land Ethic” develops good conversation when it is combined with some of the other sources here including Wendell Berry’s “Solving for Pattern,” Pope Francis’s Laudato Si, Vandana Shiva’s Staying Alive: Women, Ecology and Development or The Earth Charter, all of which recognize the interconnectedness of humans and nature.
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