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Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
Silent Spring

laureneandy, May 16, 2012

The voice of Rachel Carson, through her 1962 book, “Silent Spring,” has been credited as the inspiration for the modern environmental movement. Carson’s book warns about the vast effects of pesticides and herbicides, especially DDT, in turn sparking a revolution in environmental policy and invoking a new ecological consciousness. This book displays Carson’s unique ability to both poetically and scientifically explain the interconnectedness between humans and the environment, on all scales. Carson exposed how the effects of DDT expand well upon their intended target, as a single application on a crop will kill not only the targeted insect, but many others, for a period of weeks and months, as it remains toxic in the environment even after being diluted by water. DDT then also infiltrates the food chain and accumulates in the fatty tissues of both humans and animals, with the potential to cause cancer and genetic damage. Silent Spring’s power derives from an argument that Carson carefully constructed to effectively connect both emotion and logic. In doing so, she was able to sway the public’s opinion on pesticides, that at the time were widely used and considered by the majority to be harmless. With the support of the public, Silent Spring was able to alter the power structure that formerly positioned the chemical companies at the top, resulting in the ban of DDT in the US in 1972. What I feel is of the upmost importance, is how Carson advocates and inspires finding biological solutions, solutions that fully realize interconnectedness of life and work in accordance with it instead of against it.
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