Steve Morgan, landscape architect, functional metal artist and naturalist steps into his current role of performing as Aldo Leopold and weaves Leopold’s words into a story so pertinent to this day and age. Leopold is known for his book, “A Sand County Almanac”, as the father of the wilderness movement, the science of ecological restoration and advocate of living with a Land Ethic. A way of approaching each day where we are part of the whole community of life, just a member and treat the land with love and respect.
Aldo Leopold: Living with a Land Ethic
I see our lands abused because we regard them as a commodity belonging to us. When we start to see land as a community to which we belong, then perhaps we may begin to treat it with love and respect.
And we must quit this thinking about decent land use as solely an economic problem. Instead we should look at each question in terms of what is ethically and aesthetically right as well as economically expedient. For a thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.
I eventually realized that the last word in ignorance is that of a man who says of a plant or animal, “What good is it?”
Consider this. What you do in the outdoors reflects your own set of ethics, your sense of responsibility to this world.