Aldo Leopold and the Land Ethic

  • László Erdős


Aldo Leopold was a great pioneer of ecological restoration and wilderness preservation, but his most enduring achievement was the land ethic, an ecocentric approach he published in his book titled ‘A Sand County Almanac.’ Leopold’s land ethic points out that we are members not only of human society, but also of a wider, an ecological community. These ecological communities have intrinsic value and their beauty and integrity should be protected. The ecocentric view of Aldo Leopold can serve as a guiding principle in current conservation and may be an inspirational source for environmental philosophers, conservation biologists, and nature lovers.


A Sand County Almanac Wilderness Ecocentrism Holism Conservation ethics 

Worth Reading

  1. Leopold, A. (1986). A Sand County Almanac with essays on conservation from Round River. New York: Ballantine Books.Google Scholar

Worth Watching

  1. Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time (2011)Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • László Erdős
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  1. 1.MTA-DE Lendület Functional and Restoration Ecology Research Group, DebrecenInstitute of Ecology and Botany MTA Centre for Ecological ResearchVácrátótHungary

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