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All ethics so far evolved rest upon a single premise: that the individual is a member of a community of interdependent parts … The land ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants, and animals, or collectively: the land.

-Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

Environmental ethics:

Towards a set of international principles:

How nations stand on the environment:

Global warming:

Pollution control is good for the economy:

Sustainable development:

Land as property vs. land as trust:

Model community: Sanibel Island, Florida

human community as sanctuary:
  • "The City of Sanibel affirms a land ethic that recognizes landholding—both public and private—as a form of stewardship, involving responsibilities to the human and natural communities of the island and its surroundings, and to future generations.”
  • Sanibel Vision Statement (1997)
  • land use based on ecological zones:
    The Sanibel Report (1976)



To find out how members of the U.S. House and Senate are voting on environmental isues:

Think globally, act locally—model local initiatives:

Directories and search engines:


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