Essay on The Silent Spring By Rachel Carson

2097 Words May 23rd, 2016 9 Pages
“There was once a town in the heart of America where all life seemed to live in harmony with its surroundings… Then a strange blight crept over the area and everything began to change” (Carson 2). This allusion, set at the beginning of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, detailed a town where pesticides disturbed the balance of life. The government’s blind support of DDT, a human-synthesized pesticide, after its successes in World War II led to an expanding market for the insecticide and widespread public use. All the while, Rachel Carson had been devoting her life to her studies and was becoming an avid biologist as well as an environmentalist. The increasing uncertainty and the disturbing reports arising about DDT convinced Carson that change needed to come. Silent Spring, an environmental non-fiction piece yet poetic in its style, detailed the detrimental effects of human synthesized pesticides on the ecosystem. When the book was published in late 1962, it provoked an immediate retaliation from the chemical industries which sparked controversy about the risks and rewards of DDT. Regardless, Silent Spring prompted large scale change as the book gained national attention, and public awareness brought concerned environmentalists out of the woodworks. Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring led to public backlash as environmentalists unified against chemical industries and pioneered for new legislation to protect the biosphere.
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