Friday, March 4, 2011

Aldo Leopold And A Land Ethic For Our Time

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.  -- Aldo Leopold

My good friend Stephen Most wrote an amazing and extraordinarily timely documentary Green Fire: Aldo Leopold And A Land Ethic For Our Time.  (Click on the link to find a showing near you.)  Aldo Leopold (1887-1948) was an ecologist and environmentalist best known for his book A Sand County Almanac, published a year after his death.  Leopold had "a profound impact on the environmental movement, emphasized biodiversity and ecology, and was a founder of the science of wildlife management."

The following synopsis is taken liberally from the Green Fire web page:  Aldo Leopold was one of the most important conservationists of the twentieth-century.  He is the father of the national wilderness system, wildlife management and ecological restoration.  His classic book A Sand County Almanac inspires us to see the natural world as a community to which we belong.  The movie, Green Fire, explores Leopold's personal journey of observation and understanding and reveals how his ideas resonate today with people across the entire American landscape, from inner cities to the remotest wildlands.  His message of hope, curiosity, and critical appreciation of the natural world inspires people from many walks of life who are concerned about their own changing times and places.  In his own life, Leopold’s commitment to land, family, and community were inseparable. In light of the ecological challenges we face today, his story and ideas add depth to national and local discussions of the relationships between people and nature.

Here is the trailer for the movie:


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