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Aldo Leopold

Date de naissance: 11. janvier 1887
Date de décès: 21. avril 1948
Autres noms:ალდო ლეოპოლდი,آلدو لئوپولد

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Aldo Leopold est un forestier, écologue et écologiste américain. Il a influencé le développement de l'éthique environnementale moderne et le mouvement pour la protection des espaces naturels. Aldo Leopold est considéré comme l'un des pères de la gestion de la protection de l'environnement aux États-Unis. Il a pratiqué la pêche et la chasse tout au long de sa vie.

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Citations Aldo Leopold

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„Ethical behavior is doing the right thing when no one else is watching — even when doing the wrong thing is legal.“

— Aldo Leopold
Presumably a paraphrase of "A peculiar virtue in wildlife ethics is that the hunter ordinarily has no gallery to applaud or disapprove of his conduct" or of "Hunting for sport is an improvement ..." above. (Unlikely to be by Leopold, who knew that ethics involves not only doing the right thing, but also determining the right thing in the face of competing desirable criteria.)

„To those devoid of imagination a blank place on the map is a useless waste; to others, the most valuable part.“

— Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There
Context: The trophy-recreationist has peculiarities that contribute in subtle ways to his own undoing. To enjoy he must possess, invade, appropriate. Hence the wilderness that he cannot personally see has no value to him. Hence the universal assumption that an unused hinterland is rendering no service to society. To those devoid of imagination a blank place on the map is a useless waste; to others, the most valuable part. p. 176.

„We abuse land because we see it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.“

— Aldo Leopold
Context: Conservation is getting nowhere because it is incompatible with our Abrahamic concept of land. We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect. There is no other way for land to survive the impact of mechanized man, nor for us to reap from it the aesthetic harvest it is capable, under science, of contributing to culture. p. viii.

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