Softcover, 212 pages.
First published in 1949, Aldo Leopold's A Sand County Almanac remains an enduring and beloved work of literature. It is also a foundational text in wildlife ecology, envisioning and embracing an ethic that treats land not as a commodity but as a community of soil, water, plants and animals. Leopold's book has inspired, delighted and sustained countless readers around the world. With an introduction by Barbara Kingsolver, this new edition seeks to ensure that it will be, as on reviewer put it seventy years ago, "read for decades, and probably centuries to come."
In A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold’s “The Land Ethic” essay is an appeal for moral responsibility to the natural world. Ethics direct all members of a community to treat one another with respect. A land ethic, Leopold wrote, “simply enlarges the boundaries of the community” to include not only humans, but also soils, waters, plants, and animals—or what Leopold called “the land.”
Leopold recognized that his dream of a widely accepted and implemented set of values based on caring—for people, for land, and for all the connections between them—would have to “evolve… in the minds of a thinking community.”
A Sand County Almanac achieved prominence around the first Earth Day in 1970 and has been reborn for Earth Day 50. The 2020 edition of this timeless writing meets a new generation of readers with an introduction by famed author and conservationist Barbara Kingsolver. Through science, history, humor and prose, Leopold uses A Sand County Almanac and its call for a land ethic to communicate the true connection between people and the natural world. The hope: that readers will begin to treat the land with the love and respect that it deserves.
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