AWA Annual Lecture and Awards

November 17, 2012 - 1:00am

Me and Aldo: Leopold in the 21st Century

with Lorne Fitch, P.Biol.

The 2012 Martha Kostuch Annual Wilderness and Wildlife Lecture


“As a community of conservationists what are our philosophical touchstones where we find insight, wisdom and solace? The wild is one place, however we might perceive it and wherever we might find it. I would suggest another place is in the writings, the musings, and the thoughts of people who found the wild regenerative and wild things inspiring. Aldo Leopold’s writings are my philosophical touchstone, a place to reaffirm my position and obligations. As he said in 1934, ‘Ecology tells us that no animal – not even man – can be regarded as independent of his environment. Plants, animals, men, and soil are a community of interdependent parts, an organism. No organism can survive the decadence of a member.’ That seems as relevant today as it might have nearly 80 years ago. We might all consider Leopold’s words, his spirit and his wisdom as we try to answer the seemingly intractable questions about conservation in the 21st century.”

Two Alberta Wilderness Defenders awards and one Great Gray Owl award will be presented at this evening of celebration. The 2012 Wilderness Defenders Award recipients are Alison Dinwoodie and Lorne Fitch.

  • Reception at 6:00 pm
  • Lecture & Awards at 7:00 pm

Cost is $30 for AWA members or $45 for Non-members
Reservations online or by phone @ (403) 283-2025
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​Alberta Wilderness Association
455 12 Street NW
Calgary , AB