Monthly Archives: June 2012

there’s something going on ’round here

okay, things seem desperate. they are: tar sands, cons in ‘power’. but we also see local happenings that weren’t here even four years ago. everywhere. across the country, around the globe. paul hawken saw it and wrote about in blessed … Continue reading

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Blessed Unrest by Paul Hawken

Blessed Unrest [bu] by Paul Hawken, 2007 there’s something going on ’round here a blessed unrest that keeps us marching the health of diversity, the sickness of uniformity i fear toxicity played no favorites language and culture the truth shall set … Continue reading

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intellectual humility

leopold ends A Sand County Almanac with a ‘plea for the preservation of some tag-ends of wilderness’ and ‘building receptivity into the still unlovely human mind.’ thoreau knew that ‘in wildness is the preservation of the world.’ leopold believed culture springs … Continue reading

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leopold’s land ethic

leopold’s land ethic (A Sand County Almanac, 237-264) is ecological as well as philosophical. (thomas berry recognized that such ethics are natural, not human, for not following them contravenes nature.) in its development, it follows a sequence: between individuals; eg., … Continue reading

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they might be humans

leopold offers words of wisdom: ‘robinson’s injunction to tristam may well be applied, at this juncture, to homo sapiens as a species in geological time: whether you will or not you are a king, tristam, for you are one of … Continue reading

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relationships

leopold proposed a bunch of questions of which ‘any amateur naturalist … should be able to speculate intelligently … and have a lot of fun doing it.’ he goes on: ‘you will see, too, that modern natural history deals only … Continue reading

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true motive

the entire essay ‘the round river’ is good to read. it concludes: ‘considering the prodigious achievements of the profit motive in wrecking land, one hesitates to reject it as a vehicle for restoring land. i incline to believe we have … Continue reading

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wounds

leopold lamented that ‘one of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds. much of the damage inflicted on land is quite invisible to the layman [etc., sic]. an ecologist must either … Continue reading

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the land ethics of aldo leopold, 1887-1948

‘By the early 1920s, Leopold had concluded that a particular kind of preservation should be embraced in the national forests of the American West. He was prompted to this by the rampant building of roads to accommodate the “proliferation of … Continue reading

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what are you learning?

in 1948 ecology was generally unknown, unlike biology, geology, evolution, agriculture, or engineering (A Sand County Almanac, 189). leopold called for ‘a reversal of specialization; instead of learning more and more about less and less, we must learn more and … Continue reading

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