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Land Conservation: For Humanity Or For The Sake Of The Wilderness

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Pinocht ,one of the earliest men to even consider conserving the forest , gave rise to the government to set aside more land under the forest protection. With more regulation set in place it pacified the fear of running out of resources faster than the nation could provide. Pinocht believed that to set aside the forests and later on other resources such as water, be set aside for the present generation to develop. In his essay, ‘The Fight for Conservation’, he quotes, “ The development for our natural resources and the fullest use of them for the present generation is the first duty of this generation.” Also from his essay Pinocht explains even though the resources are for the present, it is also the responsibility of those to prevent waste , which causes sickness in the environment. He experienced such a thing in the forest fires of the early 1910’s. “ we understand forest fires are wholly within the control of men”( Pinocht, Fight for Conservation, 2).
Leopold another conservationist, thought the land as a community coinciding with man. He defined conservation as protecting the land and protecting our individual culture. He firmly believed that the wilderness gave us identity as a society and as a civilization that rose we had to master our environment. He suggests that we owe a great deal to the wilderness for it made us who we are and by that we should respect the wilderness. As industrialization takes a more complex form, our world is becoming more uniform, even in the most distant places. Culture and values follows with living with the land and protecting what gave us our modern world. In his essay, “A Sand County Almanac”, he explains how people abuse the land and only starts to realize the value of the environment when it is too late. He suggests that Americans need to be educated in land ethics and understand how to properly take care of the land. “ That land is to be loved and respected is an extension of ethics,”(Leopold, Sand County Almanac, 2).
Brower on the other hand was known for being an aggressor for Earth-centered regulation and ideas. He suggests that humans have done too much damage as is and do not deserve the living standard we enjoy today. As the living standard comes with a price, our comfort versus our land, he pushes that in order to protect the environment we must not even touch the land and lose our standard of living. In McPhee’s book, Brower interactions with the land and with Park (a mineral engineer on the hike with Brower) is very insightful into how he feels about the land and actions that need to be taken. “ Except by not doing it at all” (McPhee, Encounters with the Archdruid, 26). In this expert, Brower responds to Park’s explanation that some things like a hole in the ground cannot be avoided while drilling. Here we can interpret that Brower sees the whole extracting minerals by these companies is bad for these ecosystems and thus nothing good comes from this process. He means to tell...

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