Prior to beginning my blog I read SILENT SNOW by Marla Cone, a book about the poisoning of the Arctic due to pollution. I found it both horrifying and amazing and highly recommend it. It was, of course, titled and themed after Carson's book, but I had not read that one (and still have not). In fact, the only thing I knew about SILENT SPRING was that it had something to do with the way chemicals affect birds.
After watching this program on SILENT SPRING I am horrified at what we didn't know about pesticides and the way they affect living things. From what I understand, Carson was a brilliant natural scientist and a gifted and eloquent writer - a rare combination. Her writing brought enormous attention to a very serious problem. Within 10 years of SILENT SPRING's publication sweeping changes were made in environmental laws, and in the the way the US government and the American people thought about pesticides.
SILENT SPRING is now on my must-read-soon list. I can't wait to pick it up, though I'm sure I'll be horrified and sickened by what I find inside.
I was particularly struck by this quote near the end of the program:
A few thousand words from Rachel Carson and the world took a new direction.And that, my friends, demonstrates the tremendous power that one book can have.