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Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time

Considered to be the father of wildlife management and conservation and a pioneer of the wilderness system, Aldo Leopold radically influenced the development of environmental ethics and sustainability. He is best known for his book A Sand County Almanac, which inspired a generation of land ethics, or a moral responsibility to balance our needs with those of the environment.

Photo of Aldo Leopold – US Forest Service

The Center for Humans and Nature cordially invites you to a screening of the documentary film, Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City on October 11, 2011. The film will be shown at 5:00 p.m. with a panel discussion to follow at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required.

This poignant documentary, co-produced by the Center for Humans and Nature, the US Forest Service, and the Aldo Leopold Foundation, follows the professional and personal life of Aldo Leopold, widely regarded as the 20th century’s most important conservationist and a central figure in the development of environmental ethics. Green Fire shares intimate details of Leopold’s loving relationship with his wife and children, which centered around their exploration of nature. The film highlights his extraordinary career, revealing how he shaped the debates within the conservation community and continues to inspire people today.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion with Curt Meine, a Leopold biographer; Steve Dunsky, Green Fire co-director; Eleanor J. Sterling, director of the Museum’s Center for Biodiversity Conservation; and Brooke Hecht, president of the Center for Humans and Nature.

To reserve a seat for the film, please go to
Reviews and more information about Green Fire can be found at the film’s website:

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