Margaret Atwood: Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, 50 years on

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/dec/07/why-rachel-carson-is-a-saint

“Widely considered the most important environmental book of the 20th century, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring has been reissued after 50 years. Margaret Atwood considers its impact and legacy.”

3 thoughts on “Margaret Atwood: Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, 50 years on

      1. While Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring probably was the most important environmental book of the 20th century, its primary target was insecticides and pesticides. While that battle constantly shifts and is no less important today, it has largely been won. Today, environmentalists are waging new battles against global warming. As impactful as her book was at the time, we now need a new assertion as powerful as her book was when initially released.

        Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. On the very first Earth Day in 1970, 20 million Americans, 10 percent of the U.S. population at the time, took to the streets, college campuses, and hundreds of cities to protest environmental ignorance and demand change. Where is that level of concern today?

        97 percent of environmental scientists agree on the necessity for immediate decisive response to climate change but our political leaders are either in denial or disagreement as to a proper response. The general public agrees there is a threat but has tired of the constant Cassandra-like shouts and no longer responds to the challenge.

        A new clarion as powerful as Rachel Carson is desperately needed. Unfortunately, there does not appear to be any out there.

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