Beach Talk Wrap-up: The Evolution of an Ecological Ethic

Jenna Skinner Plover Lovers Committee, Sauble Beach, Updates from the Beach

David McLeish wrapped up the Beach Talk 2016 speaker series with his presentation about ecological ethics.

David McLeish wrapped up the Beach Talk 2016 speaker series with his presentation about ecological ethics.

The Plover Lovers Beach Talk 2016 speaker series wrapped up earlier this month with a fascinating talk by David McLeish, recently retired Lake Manager with the Upper Great Lakes Management Unit of the Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry. David’s presentation went over the development of conservation ethics over the centuries along with the various schools of thought. He also addressed the many ecological challenges we face, including assessment and measurement of populations, persistent problems such as exotic species, and a lack of consensus (e.g. renewable vs. non-renewable, native vs. non-native, commercial vs. recreational, etc.). To conquer these challenges, David believes that we need a strong ecological ethic and clear measurable metrics. Of course, he kept his talk light with his sense of humour, which you might have guessed from the title of his presentation in the photo above.

David was kind enough to share with us a reading list that touches on this topic:

  • Walden by H.D. Thoreau
  • Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold
  • An Ecological and Evolutionary Ethic by Daniel G. Kozlovsky
  • Getting to Yes By Fisher and Ury
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
  • Collapse by Jared Diamond
  • Stones into Schools by Greg Mortensen (note from David: not an environmental book so much as one that deals with accomplishing something under trying circumstances)

 

Thank you to Bruce Power for their support of the Beach Talk initiative. Also, a big thank you to all who attended the Beach Talk series. It was a great success and we hope it’s something we can continue in the future!