How relevant is Rachel Carson's 1962 book 'Silent Spring' today?
As relevent as it was then. We live in a "Closed Environment" if we turn it into a "Sewer" we will be living in a "Sewer". And if the "Sewer" we create is not compatible with most of life on this planet, we are doomed. It's about as simple as that. Poke a big enough hole in the bottom of your boat and guess what.............it will sink ;-) TommyTrouble
The specific event that inspired Rachel Carson to name her book "silent spring" is detailed on page 106 and 107 in her book. She describes how in 1954 Michigan State's campus is sprayed for Dutch elm disease. The DDT in the spray turns the campus in to a graveyard for most of the robins that attempt to take up residence in the spring.
DDT, the pesticide was ultimately banned as a result of Rachel Carson"s environmental shocker. It may be argued the once-popular ( trick) song Green Fields- which starts out as a low intensity description of what seems to be a drought or an environmental disaster ( like the silent spring) , but as the song develops, the parched out green fields are a metaphor for lost love- and the song does end hopefully! a cool song…