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epub õ Silent Spring Paperback ☆ rachel carson ☆ [Read] ➵ Silent Spring ➼ Rachel Carson – Eyltransferservices.co.uk Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was first published in three serialized excerpts in the New Yorker in June of 1962 The book appeared in September of that year and the outcry that followErated powerfully throughout the world and her elouent book was instrumental in launching the environmental movement It is without uestion one of the landmark books of the twentieth centu This is nonfiction concerning the harmful effects that chemicals which were created to make life easier for man pesticides weed killers etc have on the environment This was first published in 1962 and the author is credited for opening the door on his topic However even now 55 years later it is still considered a hot topic Great strides have been made in this arena but vigilance must me constant While reading this I kept thinking that ignorance is bliss ONLY for those who don't have to pay the price This book made me rethink my own gardening and lawn habitswhat I should or should not use to curb weeds and crabgrass Definitely food for thought

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Its publication forced the banning of DDT and spurred revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air land and water Carson’s passionate concern for the future of our planet reverb We stand now where two roads diverge But unlike the roads in Robert Frost's poem they are not eually fair The road we are travelling is deceptively easy a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed but at its end lies disaster The other fork of the road the one 'less travelled by' offers our last our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of our earth p240I found Rachel Carson's famous Silent Spring a beautifully written book that in the breadth of its interests ecological collapse cancer invasive species toxic build ups in the environment natural defences against pests and so on reminded me of DarwinA while back I read Elizabeth Kolbert's book The Sixth Extinction while both cover similar ground a testament to the lack of impact of Carson's book Kolbert's prose style suggested that she was a journalist covering a story and once she was done she would bugger off back to her own planet and leave us to it Carson I felt was in contrast entirely committed and in awe of the complexities of ecology of the web of life although at the end I felt she was probably too optimistic in her faith in supporting natural predators and probably too in the power of changing public opinion While it is often enough said that the banning of DDT is attributable to Carson's book she herself is clear that already in the 1950s DDT was of of rapidly declining value because of the development of resistant insect populationsReading all the stories she was telling about pesticide resistance invasive species unintended conseuences of chemical use the discovery of chemicals in the fatty tissues of creatures in remote from where the chemicals had been used were all very familiar to me from repeated news stories again suggesting to me that Carson's big point was ignored This is not really a book about specific chemical usage in the years up to the publication of this book 1962 it is about human attitudes towards nature It reminded me too of the Vietnam war not because of the use of herbicides but because of the technological mindset that by deploying enough technology you could get what you wanted The issue of whether the technology was appropriate to the task or if the situation could be sufficiently well understood by those who controlled the technology whether those people understood themselves sufficiently and their powerlessness in the face of the world were all taboo After reading Herland I wondered too that if this book had been written instead by Rachel's fictional but no less talented brother Billy maybe it might have been taken seriously and maybe the USA might even have adopted the precautionary principal

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Silent SpringRachel Carson’s Silent Spring was first published in three serialized excerpts in the New Yorker in June of 1962 The book appeared in September of that year and the outcry that followed Happy Earth Day 2020 though it feels like a dirge than a waltz we are dancing today as Trump takes the occasion of a global pandemic to relax all environmental poison controls while we are supposedly listening daily to his self promoting campaign speeches To allow mercury to be dumped into for instance my Great Lakes is both homicidal and suicidal that particular combination of arrogance and ignorance that characterizes our approach to the environment today Read Rachel Carson to recall that getting back into the bars and back on the beaches and back to business as usual may not be the best central purpose for this year's Earth Day“She was warned She was given an explanation Nevertheless she persisted” Mitch McConnell about Elizabeth Warren and Rachel Carson decades agoPoisoning the Planet with Impunity Part 2 2017“Man has lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall He will end by destroying the earth”—Albert Schweitzer This lovely elouent poetic book published in 1962 and nominated for The National Book Award was read to me by the woman who played the part of Rachel in the movie Kaiulani Lee in a gentle voice that belies the storm the book still faces even today The book was written by a scientist marine biologist Carson who had written the perhaps poetic and less scientific but also popular The Sea Around Us published seven years before and its successor The Edge of the Sea These books were essentially about the love of nature and “the sense of wonder” we need to appreciate the world around usBut Carson saw horrific ignorant things happening to the environment in the fifties She took four years to carefully research and document all across this country the poisoning of the country Carson and her publisher braced themselves for the response they knew was surely coming Even before publication they were sued by chemical companies unsuccessfully and were on publication almost immediately and relentlessly vilified by what was then Corporate Farming America yes the people who are now bringing the planet Frankenfood something that has continued unabated to this day by an amalgamation of anti environmental climate change deniers and so on Hundreds of dollars then were spent by the chemical industry in an attempt to discredit the book and to malign the author—she was described as an ignorant and hysterical woman who wanted to turn the earth over to the insects“The ‘control of nature’ is a phrase conceived in arrogance born of the Neanderthal age of biology and philosophy when it was supposed that nature exists for the convenience of man The concepts and practices of applied entomology for the most part date from that Stone Age of science It is our alarming misfortune that so primitive a science has armed itself with the most modern and terrible weapons and that in turning them against the insects it has also turned them against the earth”—CarsonOccasionally there are books that change the world One such book was Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe that almost singlehandedly turned white women firmly against slavery by depicting the cruel sale of slave children taken from their mother Silent Spring similarly warns us of the health concerns for especially children even warning of the possibility of future birth defects Carson a scientist writing in a popular science mode carefully lays out the case against DDT and other indiscriminately sprayed chemicals that were destroying ecosystems endangering lives She made the link between these poisons and cancer and other man made diseases As a direct result of the message in Silent Spring President Kennedy set up a special panel to study the problem of pesticides Though it took ten years to do it DDT and many other poisons was banned in 1972 Carson with Silent Spring almost singlehandedly ushered in the environmental movement based on her study of 1950’s pesticide We would not have had the EPA without Carson possibly When I was a kid in the sixties we drove through a putrid fog from Grand Rapids to Chicago We swam in Lake Michigan in the midst of dead fish I doubt you could swim in the lake on the Chicago side Lake Erie was a dumping latrine But beginning in the mid sixties we turned around the destruction of the environment though it in truth that destruction was just slowed down as you know The world’s oceans have raised a frightening 2 degrees in just the past fifty years And so on “We stand now where two roads diverge But unlike the roads in Robert Frost’s familiar poem they are not eually fair The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed but at its end lies disaster The other fork of the road—the one ‘less traveled by’—offers our last our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of our earth” CarsonTo those of you romanticizing deregulation freedom from the oppressive state let’s support Big Biz Profits instead of protecting Greedy Poor People and the environment right on and the roll back of The Clean Water Act we need Flints and see what years later is still unfolding as we see the criminals flee to the gutters as we find and expose their self serving and murderous emailsSave the planet I say Prove Schweitzer wrong Vote for the planet and take to the streets