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Land Ethic Leaders Program June 1-3

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; In his classic book and#8220;A Sand County Almanac,and#8221; Aldo Leopold set forth his most enduring idea, the and#8220;land ethic,and#8221; which he articulated as a shift from seeing humans as and#8220;conqueror of the land-community to plain member and citizen.and#8221; The Land Ethic Leaders program is based on this idea: To enable community leaders across the country to find and create opportunities for rich and productive dialogue about humanityand#8217;s relationships to land.

Learn to help your community think about complex and changing environmental issues and have deeper discussion about their collective values and vision. Each Land Ethic Leaders workshop engages participants to lead reflective discussions designed to help people think about the relationship between human communities and the land. Paired with nature observation and land restoration work, these discussions offer a new way to engage and build the and#8220;thinking community.and#8221; The workshop focuses on giving participants the skills, tools, and confidence to help others explore their individual and collective connections to the land.

The value of discussion

Much of the discussion of environmental issues in American society focuses on identifying problems and formulating solutions. It is prescriptive rather than reflective. Very little time or space is given to contemplating the root causes of these problems, their ethical implications, or our personal and communal connections with the natural world. Working on conservation and#8212; whether through education, community outreach, research, or restoration and#8212; can be gratifying, but it can also be emotionally draining.

The Land Ethic Leaders program attempts to address this issue by giving you a chance to explore, question, and reaffirm your beliefs and values, deepening your commitment to conservation and your communities.

Program goals

and#8226; Building Leaders: Find the Land Ethic Leader within you. Learn to use your own caring and connection to the land to inspire others and help to create reflective dialog about our collective conservation values.

and#8226; Connecting to Nature and Each Other: Learn to use observation, participation, and reflection as a systematic method for connecting or reconnecting people with the land. Explore, renew, and deepen your own personal connections to the land.

and#8226; Recognizing Common Values Across Divides: Engage with a community of your peers from a variety of places and backgrounds. Learn to guide reflective discussions that build community around shared conservation values.

What you take away

At the conference you will gain skills and confidence to lead reflective discussions on conservation values; tools to organize community-based events that connect people and land; a public screening license and resource kit for the Green Fire film; the ability to express your own definition of a land ethic and the confidence to help others develop theirs; new friends and connections to a network of global Land Ethic Leaders.

Participants are asked to plan an event or series of activities using specific tools and techniques from the workshop within one year of attending Land Ethic Leaders. Target audiences for events may range from the general public to your own co-workers or students, to groups or clubs, and more.

Workshop details

The workshop fee is $350, including all meals, lodging, program materials, and a public screening license and kit for Green Fire ($150 value). The Northern Sierra Training will take place at Sagehen Creek Field Station, north of Truckee, June 1-3. Visit http://www.aldoleopold.org/Programs/lel.shtml. Contact Jeannine Richards at jeannine@aldoleopold.org or call 608-355-0279, ext. 25 for registration and information.

Presented in partnership between Aldo Leopold Foundation, Northern Sierra Partnership and Sagehen Creek Field Station.

and#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com


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