Biocitizen Banter #8: Baird Callicott and Ricardo Rozzi on Leopold’s “Biotic Citizen” and “Land Organism”

Welcome to Biocitizen Banter, a podcast dedicated to environmental philosophy featuring lively discussions between people active in the effort to bring biotic health to our communities and commonwealth.

In this episode Executive Director Kurt Heidinger discusses the meanings of Aldo Leopold’s “biotic citizen” and “land organism” with foremost ecosophists:

Baird Callicott is a founder of the field of environmental philosophy, a distinguished professor and influential educator on the global level, a former president of the International Society for Environmental Ethics, the co-Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy and author of many essential texts including Companion to Sand County Almanac and  Earth’s Insights: A Multicultural Survey of Ecological Ethics from the Mediterranean Basin to the Australian Outback.


Ricardo Rozzi has bantered here before about the biocultural conservation projects he is propelling with his teams here, in Chile and around the globe. He is the Editor in Chief of the Springer book series Ecology and Ethics and recently the recipient of the Eugene Odum Award for Excellence in Ecology Education bestowed by the Ecological Society of America. Presently he is directing the construction of the Cape Horn Research Center in Puerto Williams Chile, the southernmost town in the world, so that the biocultural history of that sublime region is understood and celebrated and so that some of the ideas and values you hear us expound, question and wonder about are nurtured and advanced.


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