Land ethic

"Environmental ethics is theory and practice about appropriate concern for, values in, and duties to the natural world." (Holmes Rolston III) Essentially, the principle of right or good conduct on a solid part of the surface of the earth. Land ethics should come logically to us, rather than out of economic values or rights. We are all equipped with a conscience - with logic - to do something about OUR land.

Land Ethic Aldo Leopold has argued that a land ethic must become instilled as a primary component of global society. In short, a land ethic changes the role of Homo sapiens from conqueror of the land community to member and citizen of it. It reflects the existence of an ecological conscience, and this in turn reflects a conviction of individual responsibility for the health of the land. It also implies respect for his fellow members and respect for the community as a whole. Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land. Mankind must take on a new role in conservation as husbandry of the land (Leopold, 1949).

All that we do, say or the mere fact of our being has an effect on the environment.

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