The Conceptual Foundation Of The Land Ethic

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Land is something our world has always fought over. We, humans, claim land as our own property. However, we forget that we still have to share our property with other organisms. Other non-human mammals, amphibians, insects, and more also claim that land as their own too. Humans sometimes forget that we are a part of something greater: the ecosystem. Ecosystems contain a multitude of life forms. Each and every life form is important. I am against the first and second options. Allowing the county to build amusement park or use it for hunting, camping, and hiking, provides only happiness for humans. Anyone who approves such an option believes “animals exist only as means” for humans (Kant 212). I strongly disagree that animals are only matter indirectly. As Regan states in his writing, “each of us is a conscious creature having an individual welfare that has importance to us” (Regan 87). The…show more content…
I am in agreeance with Callicott, we should leave nature to develop what it needs. In Callicott’s writing, “The Conceptual Foundation of the Land Ethic,” he explains Leopold’s thoughts about land and how it is a community that holds all different types of things. Two theories, the evolutionary theory and the ecological theory, were presented. The Evolutionary Theory says that there is a “link between people and nonhuman nature” (Callicott 153). All organisms are connected in a community. What happens to one organism affects another. The Ecological Theory states that each individual “ought to extend his or her social instincts and sympathies to all members of the biotic community thought different from him or her in appearance or habits” (Callicott 153). This establishes that every organism should care about the sack of another life. That is why I believe that the forest should be left alone. We as humans have already taken over so much of nature. There is no need to destroy more of “integrity, stability, and beauty” the land has to offer
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