AldoLeopold was a great environmentalist of his time. In his book ASand County Almanache talks about Land ethic making a distinction between two wayspeople view the natural world. Leopold categorizes these individualsinto group A, and B. Group A consists of those individuals that arenot environmental savvy. They do not care what is happening to theenvironment and just give it a cold shoulder by assuming that is howthings ought to be.
GroupB individuals are the environmentalists that see the dangers posed byneglecting the environment. These categories of people go as far aschampioning for the rights of the environment. They are the ‘doers’who go out and help by taking an action towards the problem. Forexample, if there is a wildfire that is destroying the vegetation,they would be the fists people to volunteer in putting out the fire.
Accordingto Aldo Leopold, non-human elements are things such as land, animals,water and plants. He termed these elements collectively as land.“Thatland is a community is the basic concept of ecology, but that land isto be loved and respected is an extension of ethics.”(Leopold, 1970) Viewing the natural world as a person in category Bwould ensure that we follow the principles that were laid down byLeopold.
Ourethics as humans are what guide us to cooperate both with theenvironment and the non-human elements (Leopold, 1933). As category Bindividuals, we as humans would play a significant role in protectingour ecosystem least we cannot survive. Despite being difficult toseparate our economic wellbeing with that of the environment, itwould be critical that we pay close and personal attention to theland through constant protection.
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