Spring has finally come to campus and it feels like campus is slowly coming back to life. When the sun is out and shining, the arts quad is filled with people lying on the grass, enjoying some of this much needed sun that has been hiding for a long time. Spring is also a time of weird weather. One day it might be sunny and warm, but the next day it could suddenly get so cloudy and cold. This sharp contrast is what is truly unique about spring.

With spring comes new life to the natural world. Flowers starts blooming, tree leaves start growing back. It is a time of regeneration. This is also a great time for us to think about land ethics. Nature is a big part of a Cornell student’s life. A prime reason that most people come to Cornell is for the natural beauty of Ithaca and appreciate all that Ithaca has to offer. But another idea that we buy into is the Big Red spirit and culture that is present. Although the culture and school pride spirit isn’t a tangible thing that can be seen but it is always there in spirit and it is one thing that unites everyone on campus together.

This sense of culture is an important aspect or idea if we are going to talk about “land” ethics. How people treat a certain place or area can be reflective on how much respect that the person has for that certain place or area. This is why I think it is important to add the idea of culture into the land ethics. It is a non-biotic feature that has the potentiality to affect nature in an indirect way.

Culture is a way of life of a group of people, shaping their beliefs, values and often shape behavior as well. I feel like with the inclusion of culture into land ethics will help develop a new set of cultural values. Essentially it would be sort of adding new values into existing values that people already have. These values would be related to helping the environment and protecting our natural resource.


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