Tourism and Aldo Leopold's “cultural harvest”: creating virtuous tourists as agents of sustainability

Breakey, Noreen M. and Breakey, Hugh E. (2014) Tourism and Aldo Leopold's “cultural harvest”: creating virtuous tourists as agents of sustainability. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 23 1: 85-103. doi:10.1080/09669582.2014.924954

Author Breakey, Noreen M.
Breakey, Hugh E.
Title Tourism and Aldo Leopold's “cultural harvest”: creating virtuous tourists as agents of sustainability
Journal name Journal of Sustainable Tourism   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0966-9582
Publication date 2014-06-23
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/09669582.2014.924954
Open Access Status
Volume 23
Issue 1
Start page 85
End page 103
Total pages 19
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract Sustainable tourism aims to achieve a balance between the needs of tourists, the environment, local people, and businesses a situation complicated by the numerous ethical issues at play. This paper presents an original account of the ethics of Aldo Leopold (18871948), a key figure in the development of modern environmental ethics, as it unfolds in his classic work, A Sand County Almanac. We argue that prior interpretations failed to incorporate Leopold’s lynchpin cultural harvest idea into his larger “land ethic”, and that a proper understanding of the cultural harvest reveals how tourism and other recreational activities can drive a person’s ethical development. Ultimately, the land ethic helps us protect and nurture the most precious sustainability resource: human beings that value and respect the environment. The paper will be of value to tourism scholars, to heritage interpreters, to travel journalists, to tourism marketing staff, and to tourism managers. It shows the enormous opportunities for better marketing and heritage interpretation, notes the potential value of slow tourism, and the need for opening five key areas of the cultural harvest for tourists: storytelling, learning and knowledge, beauty and aesthetic appreciation, rarity and the hunt for trophy, and signature/personality.
Keyword Sustainable Tourism
Ethical Tourism
Aldo Leopold
Land Ethic
Environmental Ethics
Moral Psychology
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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