Coined by Aldo Leopold in ‘A Sand Country Almanac’, the term ‘land ethic’ defines a set of cohesive ideas that guide how people should interact with their natural environments. The past 10 weeks have given me a foundation of what my personal land ethic should be, and it is as follows:
- Advocate for the political advancement of causes related to conservation and sustainability.
- Observe, appreciate, and establish a reciprocal relationship with the land that is local or significant to oneself.
- Listen to the voices and knowledge of indigenous peoples; internalize their wisdom and expertise in a respectful and culturally sensitive manner.
- Acknowledge one’s privilege in the ability to engage with the land and wilderness, and work to make relationships with the land more accessible for marginalized communities.
- Prioritize ethical consumption (ex: organic food, sustainably sourced clothes, public transportation, clean energy).