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Personal Land Ethic

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:

  1. Advocate for the political advancement of causes related to conservation and sustainability.
  2. Observe, appreciate, and establish a reciprocal relationship with the land that is local or significant to oneself.
  3. Listen to the voices and knowledge of indigenous peoples; internalize their wisdom and expertise in a respectful and culturally sensitive manner.
  4. 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.
  5. Prioritize ethical consumption (ex: organic food, sustainably sourced clothes, public transportation, clean energy).