Where Their Spirit Lives On

Michael J Lannoo

in Leopold's Shack and Ricketts's Lab

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780520264786
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520946064 | DOI:
Where Their Spirit Lives On

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The spirit of Aldo Leopold and Edward F. Ricketts persists, and there is some welcome evidence that it may be growing. Professionally, the spirit of Leopold and Ricketts is found in the facts of natural history, techniques, and perspectives that form the foundation of the best of modern ecology. It is ingrained in the roots of environmentalism; both Leopold and Ricketts anticipated the environmental movement and New Age thinking, including the notions of deep ecology, ecological holism, and the Gaia hypothesis. It is found in the “-ologies” that ground the newer discipline of conservation biology—including mammalogy, ornithology, herpetology, ichthyology, invertebrate biology, parasitology, phycology, and botany. The spirit of Leopold and Ricketts provides a link between environmental justice and social justice. Most of all, the spirit of Leopold and Ricketts is found in hope, in the simple joys of living, and in the possibilities that people provide for themselves in the finite system we call Earth—our home.

Keywords: Aldo Leopold; Edward F. Ricketts; ecology; ecological holism; natural history; environmentalism; conservation biology; environmental justice; social justice; Gaia hypothesis

Chapter.  1065 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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