* Silent Spring – Happy 50th Birthday

Thank you Rachel.

I’ve been meaning to do a post on this. This was a game changer for the environmental movement. If you haven’t read Silent Spring, pick up a copy and read it. If you read it years ago, it’s a great time to revisit it.

When you’re finished, thank Rachel for all that she did. The decide what you’re going to do anew to preserve and protect the environment.


“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”

― Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

“In nature nothing exists alone.”

― Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

“It is ironic to think that man might determine his own future by something so seemingly trivial as the choice of an insect spray.”

― Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

“Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen, among the beauties and mysteries of the earth, are never alone or weary of life.”

― Rachel Carson


The Book That Changed The World

Silent Spring is half a century old, and despite the environmental protections ushered in by Rachel Carson’s call to arms, reminds us how far we have left to go to bring chemicals under control.

When Rachel Carson was growing up in a five-room farmhouse in the small town of Springdale, Pennsylvania, the land was in ruin. Pittsburgh lay only 18 miles away, and over 1,000 factories gushed coal smoke into the air. Steamboats and barges added their exhaust, along with Model Ts and forests of brick chimneys. On “two-gaslight days,” the air was so blanketed with black mist that pedestrians couldn’t see the end of the street. Many neighborhoods were clogged with makeshift slums, and the cobbled lanes were full of trash, manure and putrid organic waste.

Please read this great piece at The Book That Changed The World

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