GThe movie “Green Fire” tells the story of the life of Aldo Leopold, a man whose work, writing, and philosophy help lay the foundation of the modern environmental movement. He started his professional career as a forester for the U.S. Forest Service in Arizona and New Mexico. He was instrumental in developing the first wilderness area in the Gila National Forrest. The Aldo Leopold Wilderness area has been named in his honor in New Mexico. He was also one of the founders of the Wilderness Society.
Wednesday, March 13 at 7PM
The Village Commons of Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village
(Located on the west side of Reitz Blvd. just off of RT. 192, Lewisburg)
He was later moved to Wisconsin by the Forest Service and later became a professor at the University of Wisconsin. In 1933 he published his first book on wildlife management. He and his family purchased a worn-out farm in the sand counties of Wisconsin along the Wisconsin River and began the restoration of the farm’s land.
He probably is best known for his book A Sand County Almanac. First published in 1948, it has become a foundational text of the environmental movement. The first part of the book describes many of the activities he and his family were involved in the restoration of the farm. It describes the lessons that he learned and the growth in his understanding of our place in the natural world. In the final section of the book he develops his land ethic. An ethic that should be part of all our understanding of the land and our use of the land. Leopold wrote “we abuse the land because we regard 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.”
The movie is a beautifully told and photographed film which focuses not only of his life but fully examines the philosophy of land use which he developed. The film has been presented on PBS and is an Emmy Award winning film.