Our community includes our natural environment.
There really is no question about the benefits of being out in nature. Anyone who takes the time to get outdoors into a natural landscape will tell you how the quiet helps them unwind and how the fresh air is relaxing. For those of us that have made it a part of our life to get out and spend time on the land this is common knowledge.
Aldo Leopold, an American author, ecologist and conservationist wrote “We abuse land because we see it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”
Although Leopold only published a few books he was renowned for fostering a conservation ethic after spending time working in the Forestry Service, hired to hunt mountain lions, bears and wolves for the Forest Service early in his career. It was those early experiences which formed an ethic that sees the importance of all living things in an ecosystem.
This short video was created to help promote the idea of our natural landscape being a community we belong to and to share the the importance of getting outdoors. There are many different reasons to get outdoors, whether it be to go for a hike, a paddle, do some photography or film. Regardless of the reasons we go out and explore, I think it’s important for us to slow down and realize our connection to our landscape as a community we belong to.