“We reached the wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes. I realized then, and have known ever since, that there was something new to me in those eyes. I was young then, and full of trigger-itch; I thought that because fewer wolves meant more deer, that no wolves would mean hunters' paradise. But after seeing the green fire die, I sensed that neither the wolf nor the mountain agreed with such a view.” Aldo Leopold (1949)

What does it mean to "Think Like a Mountain"?

When Aldo Leopold, the American hunter turned conservationist, shot his last wolf, his relationship with wild nature changed. Leopold came to understand the role of apex predators in an intricate web of life that connects all living creatures. He called his new philosophy Thinking Like a Mountain.

To think like a mountain means having an understanding and appreciation for the interconnectedness of life. Shoot a wolf and you remove not only an individual animal, but its impact on the wider ecosystem, from mountain summit to ocean floor.

Our #ThinkLikeAMountain community unites a diverse group of people who see the potential in a wilder Scotland, where nature in all its complexity is reawakened, where natural processes drive vibrant living systems and where sustainable nature-based business supports thriving communities. In coming together our voice is amplified and the case for land, rivers and oceans teeming with life, becomes stronger.

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