conservation is defined as:
protect from loss or harm
use carefully or sparingly, avoiding waste
to keep in a safe or sound
state; to save; to preserve; to protect
The Land Pyramid
"An ethic to
supplement and guide the economic relation to land presupposes the existence of
some mental image of land as a biotic mechanism.
We can be ethical only
in relation to something we can see, feel, understand, love, or otherwise have
The image commonly employed in conservation education is 'the
balance of nature.'
For reasons too lengthy to detail here, this figure
of speech fails to describe accurately what little we know about the land
A much truer image is the one employed in ecology: the
I shall first sketch the pyramid as a symbol of land,
and later develop some of its implications in terms of land-use.
absorb energy from the sun.
This energy flows through a circuit called
the biota, which may be represented by a pyramid consisting of layers.
The bottom layer is the soil.
A plant layer rests on the soil,
an insect layer on the plants, a bird and rodent layer on the insects, and so
on up through various animal groups to the apex layer, which consists of the
The species of a layer are alike not in where they
came from, or in what they look like, but rather in what they eat.
successive layer depends on those below it for food and often for other
services, and each in turn furnishes food and services to those above.
Proceeding upward, each successive layer decreases in numerical
Thus, for every
carnivore there are hundreds of his prey, thousands of their prey, millions of
insects, uncountable plants.
The pyramidal form of the system reflects
the numerical progression from apex to base.
Man shares an intermediate
layer with the bears, raccoons, and squirrels which ear both meat and
The lines of dependency for food and other services are
called food chains.
Thus soil-oak-deer-Indian is a chain that has now
been largely converted to soil-corn-cow-farmer.
Each species, including
ourselves, is a link in many chains.
The deer eats a hundred plants
other than oak, and the cow a hundred plants other than
then, are links in a hundred chains.
The pyramid is a tangle of chains
so complex as to seem disorderly, yet the stability of the system proves it to
be a highly organized structure." - Aldo Leopold, Sand County
Fundamental to natural
selection is the idea of change by common descent.
This implies living
organisms are related to each other.
Looking back we find descent from a
Aristotle's Great Chain of Being suggested each
species is formed individually with its own purpose and place and no species
evolve into a new species.
Evolution by natural selection is a purely
mechanistic theory of change that does not appeal to any sense of purpose or a
There is no foresight or purpose in nature, and there is no
implication that one species is more perfect than another.
only change driven by selection pressures from the
Thomas Aquinas, borrowing from
Aristotle, devised an ingenious
two-step strategy for deciding whether an action is moral.
look at what happens 'always or for the most part' in nature to determine its
That investigation will reveal the natural and proper 'functions'
of organs and activities: those that Nature, so to speak, 'intended'.
(If Nature is another name for God, then 'intent' can even be taken
Step two: use the resulting observations to determine what
we ought to do and especially what we ought not to do according
to whether it was found to be 'natural' or 'unnatural' in step
Aquinas' strategy, still holding sway in the Vatican as the
doctrine of natural law, is a slippery example of 'bait-and-switch'.
step one, the word 'law' seems to be used as in science, to refer to
about what actually happens.
In step two, however, the word's
meaning is closer to that of 'legislation'.
Laws of this second sort are
promulgated and often
the first sort cannot be broken, even if they are stochastic, specifying
Laws of one kind are about
the facts of nature; laws of the
other kind are about how we
should change those facts.
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