In 1949, Leopold wrote, “Examine each question in terms of what is ethically and aesthetically right, as well as what is economically expedient. A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” When Leopold wrote Sand County Almanac, the population of the planet was about 2.5 billion people. Humans have tripled that number in the last 65 years to well over 7 billion today – and growing by another 1 million humans every four and a half days.
Some of this film explores what Aldo Leopold may have said about today’s challenges of searching for sustainability on the landscape. Buddy Huffaker, Executive Director of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, answers that question as he puts today’s sustainable definitions and options into perspective. Leopold may have called it “the land ethic” decades ago, but using today’s buzzwords, he likely would have used “sustainability”.