January 11, 2019, Madison, WI–On this date in 1887 Aldo Leopold was born in Burlington, Iowa.
Because of that event not so long ago, today is a day of celebration, and remembrance for the fans, friends and family of Aldo Leopold. Today is also a time for reflection on Leopold’s message and for a consideration of how far society has come–if at all–towards fulfilling his dream of living the land ethic, his call for a moral responsibility to treat the natural world with love and respect, rather than as a commodity.
Leopold is revered here in Wisconsin, as well as his home state of Iowa, and around the world. Leopold is renowned for his landmark book “A Sand County Almanac”; remembered as a founding father of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum; and widely regarded as the “father of wildlife ecology and the United States Wilderness system . . .” (The Aldo Leopold Foundation)
One thing we can do to celebrate Aldo’s birthday and life’s work is to re-read A Sand County Almanac, or visit the Aldo Leopold Foundation, or hike in the Arboretum, as we think about how he urged humanity to care for the Earth.