The Sand County Almanac
Aldo Leopold was born in 1887 and was raised in Burlington, Iowa. He did a lot of work for conserving nature, and even published his own textbook in 1933. Leopold, who usually wrote journals or for magazines, decided to write a book which compared humanity’s relationship to the rest of the world. Sadly, just one week after receiving a notice that his work would be publish, he died. About a year later, his book was published by his son who decided that the work deserved to be seen. This information was found at http://www.aldoleopold.org/AldoLeopold/leopold_bio.shtml .
You could say that the overall theme of the Sand County Almanac is community versus commodity, do we love nature, or do we use it for our own needs? Aldo Leopold suggests that the modern technology may be well, but should not be taking over nature like it is. He believes that the economic needs do not match up with nature as well as it should, and that humans are slowly making their way to an anti-nature lifestyle. Aldo Leopold pushes us to see nature as “The community in which we belong”. We need to be able to see nature as something other than simply property.
Leopold’s Sand County Almanac and Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring were counted as one of the most environmental books in the 1900’s. The book is considered to be the main reason for the large underpinnings of environmentalism in America. Sand County made many people realize what we were starting to miss, and how nature needs to be taken seriously as a major part of the human life, future, and history. When the book became a best seller in the 1970’s, more and more people start campaigning for better help and overall conservation with nature. More and more people in the community started planting trees, helping forests, and raising money for endangered wildlife. When I read this book, I was amazed by the amount of things I have never seen or heard of before that Leopold would see as everyday sightings. There are people, like me, that have been in the city so long that they cannot remember the last time that they even saw natural lake, or even the sea.
“There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace.” Aldo Leopold makes this bold statement to make a point. When you go to the grocery store, do you think about where the produce comes from? Do you think about the farmers? And surely you believe that the air vents in our homes are what makes heat, but no, they just feed us the heat. This is the first thing that made me really think about our world. It was the first statement that made me think about how much the human race can miss without the abundance of nature living at our doorstep.
“Conservation is getting nowhere because it is incompatible with our Abrahamic concept of land. We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to...