Sunday, March 24, 2019
Rachel CarsonÃ¢â¬â¢s Silent Spring and the Beginning of the Environmental Mo
Rachel Carsons unruffled arising and the Beginning of the environmental Movement in the United StatesWhen Rachel Carsons Silent Spring was published in 1962, it generated a storm of controversy over the use of chemical substance pesticides. lose Carsons intent in writing Silent Spring was to warn the ordinary of the dangers associated with pesticide use. Throughout her book are numerous case studies documenting the harmful personal set up that chemical pesticides halt had on the environment. Along with these facts, she explains how in many instances the pesticides have done more than harm than good in eradicating the pests they were designed to destroy. In addition to her reports on pesticide use, Miss Carson points out that many of the long-term effects that these chemicals may have on the environment, as well as on humans, are still unknown. Her book as one critic wrote, dealt pesticides a sharp blow (Senior Scholastic 1962). The controversy sparked by Silent Spring led to t he enactment of environmental legislation and the establishment of government agencies to amend regulate the use of these chemicals.Miss Carson first became aware of the effects of chemical pesticides on the natural environment while working for the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries. Of bad-tempered concern to her was the governments use of chemical pesticides such as DDT. She was familiar with early studies of DDT and knew of its dangers and lasting effects on the environment. jibe to Miss Carson, the more I learned about the use of pesticides, the more appalled I became. I realized that here was the material for a book. What I discovered was that everything which meant most to me as a naturalist was creation threatened, and that nothing I could do would be more important. Thu... ... Harvey, Mary. Using a Plague to Fight a Plague. Saturday Review 29 Sept. 1962 8.Lear, Linda. Rachel Carson Witness for Nature. young York Holt & Co., 1997.McDonnell, Lawrence and Sarah F. Bates. inherent Resources Policy and Law Trends and Directions. Washington, D.C. Island, 1993.Natural Resources Defense Council. The Story of Silent Spring. http//www.nrdc.org/health/pesticides/hcarson.asp. 1997.Naum, Nicole. Environmental Vanguard Rachel Carson. http//www.geo.lsa.umich.edu/crlb/COURSES/140/FINAL00/features.html. Pesticides the Price for Progress. Time 28 Sept. 1962 45-48.The Furor Over Pesticides. Senior Scholastic 12 Dec. 1962 10+.Vig, Norman and Michael Kraft. Environmental Policy in the 1990s. Washington D.C. CQ, 1997. Vogt, William. On Man the Destroyer. Natural History Sept. 1962 3-5.