Aldo Leopold Land Ethic Model

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Environmental fascism is an issue that most try to avoid when structuring a new environmental model. As well as it is also an issue that most try and avoid when trying to figure out how to solve an environmental dilemma because it shows favoritism. In this essay I will discuss why Aldo Leopold is accused of his Land-Ethic model falling into the category of the issue of environmental fascism, and how J. Baird Callicott tries to resolve the accusations. First lets begin with taking a look at what environmental fascism is.
The issue of environmental fascism is “individual rights are willingly sacrificed to the greater good of the whole” (DesJardins, 116). Thus meaning that if an environmental dilemma arises, the rights of us individual humans will be put aside to better the ‘whole’ of the dilemma. This creates a problem because there will be times that including ‘individual rights’ instead of putting them aside will help create a better outcome. An environmentalist who is considered by some to have a model that favors is Aldo Leopold.
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Beings such as “birds, soils, waters, plants, and animals” (DesJardins, 181); these are beings that (a) can rarely show their feelings of a situation / have those feelings, and (b) rarely have the ability to feel pain. Which in my opinion need to be considered when making a decision if they are involved in it – whether it be they are at the beginning middle or end outcome – but they do not need to trump the rights of individual humans. With the issue of individual rights being sacrificed, some have tried to resolve the unevenness of the

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