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Aldo Leopold is a famous name in Wisconsin. His book, A Sand County Almanac, launched the modern movement for environmental protection and lead the way for other novels such as, Silent Spring. The chapter that interested me the most from A Sand County Almanac, was “The Ethical Sequence” because it was an important part of the environmental era. “There is as yet no ethic dealing with man’s relation to land and to the animals and plants which grow upon it. The land-relation is still strictly economic, entailing privileges but not obligations.” (Cummings 609). Leopold said this in the early to mid 1900’s and I still think it applies to today’s society. Leopold goes on to say something along the lines of, society hasn’t yet figured out that the despoliation of land is wrong. I think this is a still true. Even though the environmental movement, or the green revolution, is gaining ground, there are still far too many people to do not care or do not know the damage we as the human race are causing. Sure there are new government regulations about water use in desert areas and automobile mpg regulations, but most environmental scientists believe it is too late to correct the damage that has been done. Reading through the excerpts of A Sand County Almanac make me wish that people would have taken this more seriously at the time and maybe if they had done so the environment today would look much different. I think Leopold’s comments about society not understanding the damage were spot on and are correct even today. Do you think the majority of society, today, does not understand the damage the human race is causing to the environment?

 

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