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Pitch Letter December 12, 2012 Dear Adam Vaughan, Guardian Environment Network: In my most recent work, A Modern

Stewardship Ethic, I take a look at what our society has accomplished with environmental ethics since Aldo Leopold penned the Land Ethic 6o years ago and where our societys environmental ethic ought to be headed. The environment has taken on a much larger focus, but society still has a long way to go. I am proposing an argument that continues the ideas that Leopold set in motion and calls for greater societal awareness and environmental education. The environment has been and continues to be viewed as something to be harvested for the needs and livelihoods of humans. Through the establishment and continuance of our society, we have created a degradation of the resources that both societies and ecosystems depend on. Before society can begin to address the common ground, we must first recognize that we rely upon the environment and that, without it, our societies will not thrive or even survive. If we do not change our view of the environment from one to be conquered to one that we live in community with, we cannot hope to leave future generations any sort of earth they deserve. Understanding this delicate relationship we have with the environment is the beginning of addressing the destruction we are doing by undermining our interdependence with the environmental community. We ought to address the common ground in an effort to make a universal baseline environmental stewardship ethic instead of arguing over the differences of the many environmental ethics. It my firm belief that this argument is best suited for the Guardian because of your educated readers who are looking for strong pro-environment pieces, many of whom are already familiar with Aldo Leopolds popular Land Ethic. The current environmental news climate has many well-written stories and arguments, but some of them come across with a stagnant tone. My argument brings home the value and ethics of sustainability in a familiar, yet challenging tone that will set it apart from its more humdrum counterparts. I am an undergraduate student at the University of Idaho, graduating in May 2013 with duel Bachelor of Science degrees in Environmental Science with emphasis on the Social Sciences and Philosophy with emphasis on Bioethics. I have been blogging about society, philosophy, and the environment for the past five years and I am currently looking for a way to make my work more visible. If this is the type of article the Guardian might be looking for, please email me at wrig1603@vandals.uidaho.edu Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely, Kimberly Wright