Earthyy Bags, a pioneering enterprise that is ever vigilant about the protection of the planet from adverse environmental effects digs deep into Rachel Carson’s epoch making book Silent Spring to expose the hazards of indiscriminate use of pesticides that is destroying the planet’s environment.
Incidentally, Silent Spring (On its 50th anniversary of publication) is an epoch making environmental science book written by Rachel Carson where she had accused the chemical industry of spreading disinformation bout the far reaching effects of pesticides that are responsible for the death of numerous plants and insects that prove helpful for life on earth.
Prior to the book's publication, Carson had focused her attention on environmental conservation, especially environmental problems that she believed were caused by synthetic pesticides. The result of her research was Silent Spring, which brought environmental awareness among the American public. The book was met with severe challenges by chemical companies, but, owing to public opinion, it brought about numerous changes. It spurred a reversal in the United States' national pesticide policy, leading to a nationwide ban on DDT for agricultural uses, while, helping to launch an environmental movement that led to the creation of the U.S. EPA.
The denigration of Rachel Carson was something rare in those days, while it is relevant today for its outspokenness: she is still the focus of attacks half a century after the publication of her book and 48 years after her death. But her place in history and in the hearts of environmentalists today is assured. Her work became part of the awakening of a generation that with Earth Day (and the founding of NRDC) seven years later initiated a global movement that, across cultures and deep divisions on other matters, is one of the few somewhat unifying currents in global politics today.
“There would be no peace for me if I kept silent,” she wrote to a friend in 1958, explaining why she wrote a book she knew would open her to relentless and bitter attacks. Knowledge is a powerful thing and there is an ethical burden for moral people to act in when they realize the consequences of inaction. Carson, a lyric writer on natural history, understood that she was required by the facts and her own conscience to help others understand what was happening and what could be done about it. She also knew she possessed the skills to help others grasp the essence of the issue.
Today, as we wrestle with the unprecedented challenge of global climate change, Rachel Carson’s admonitions to conscience seem more relevant than ever. The science driving the need for policy is overwhelming, and the opposition from vested interests is as hysterical and condemning. But because of Rachel Carson’s leadership – which NRDC and other organizations have built upon in the decades since her death in 1964 – the public no longer trusts the vested interests as they did when every home in the country had several cans of pesticides under the kitchen sink.
Studies conducted by George Mason and Yale Universities recently indicated that more than 70% of Americans believed global warming is contributing to worsening weather across the continent and illustrates just how resistant public opinion is to climate denial even in the face of a relentless, funded by the fossil fuel industry. That is in part a legacy of the public consciousness that Silent Spring, and the movement it helped launch created.
We know there is a crisis and time is running out. The question is, what will we do about it? Knowledge, as Rachel Carson so bravely demonstrated, imposes a moral burden on us to act and to sound the alarm so others may act. As Rachel put it in a letter to a friend: “The beauty of the living world I was trying to save has always been uppermost in my mind – that, and anger at the senseless, brutish things that were being done. I have felt bound by a solemn obligation to do what I could – if I didn’t at least try I could never again be happy in nature.”