CAS GE 100 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Pope Francis, Land Ethic, Land Consumption

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Climate change political discussion usually turns into an issue of economics. A differentiation of social from antisocial conduct. A kind of community instinct in the making. How we should relate to nature and other forms of life. All ethics so far evolved rest upon a single premise that the individual is a member of a community of interdependent parts. His instincts prompt him to compete for his place in that community, but his ethics prompt him also to cooperate aldo leopold. The land ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants, and animals, or collectively: the land aldo leopold. Something deeper than just acting in legality or in accordance with incentives that influence our self-interest. An extension of our understanding of our place in the world, including our understanding of environmental change and sustainability, and our obligations to it. Ecological conscience individual responsibility for the health of the land .

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