Wednesday, June 25, 2008
thinking about Aldo Leopold
Some folks spend an awful lot of time trying to disprove climate science. I often wonder why. Is it that they would find some satisfaction in deciding that they don't have to change after all, that the no-holds-barred 1950-to 2000 approach to faster and faster use of natural resources, creating wealth without any morality (despite what it does to the global environment and poor people everywhere) is OK after all? For some wisdom to hold up to the light, I suggest reading Aldo Leopold. He didn't talk about climate change at all, yet arrived at almost all the same conclusions back in the 1940s. In fact, his entire body of writing from about 1935 until his death still stands up as being the clearest ever understanding of the natural world and humans' place in it.