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Ed Swann ethics 10-22-01 Aldo Leopolds book A Sand County Almanac offers insight to an issue that will forever be debated In the book he guides the reader through the year at his farm in Wisconsin The beautiful descriptions of nature at his farm lead up to the land ethic that Leopold proposes He explains his ideas and views on the various issues of environmental ethics He takes up every side of the story He includes his explanation for why we should respect the land the lands economic and ecological value and the ethical reasons for respecting the land Leopold explains his opinion wonderfully with much conviction However there are always two sides to the story Several authors in chapter eleven of the textbook Applying Ethics have different opinions and have just as much conviction about their own ideas Environmental ethics is an issue that is very important to some people but means nothing to others All of the points represented in these two texts give great supporting evidence facts and opinions to support any one of the ideas Leopolds land ethic combines the earths soils waters plants and animals collectively into one communitythe land He explains that humans are not the masters of the land but rather members of the land community He argues that we should respect the land as we do other humans He refers to the land as the biotic community Since according to Leopold we are all members of the land or the biotic community we are all working together as a biotic team He says that we abuse the land because we regard it as a commodity that belongs to us Instead we should see it as the community to which we belong Once we see that the land is a part of us we may use it with love and respect This is how we should treat our fellow humans If we are in fact
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