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Silent Spring

Rachel Carson

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Silent Springby the Numbers Year DDT was first created 1874 Year Carson testified before the United States Congress about the dangers of pollution 1963 Year President Nixon established the Environmental Protection Agency 1970 Year DDT was banned in the United States 1972 Call to Action People must become engaged and demand consumer and environmental protections. 6 Risk of Disinformation By withholding information, the pesticide industry risks the health of people and the planet. 5 Destruction of Life Animals are already dying from pesticide spraying. 4 Damage to Water, Soil & Vegetation The buildup of pesticides in water, soil, and vegetation has a domino effect on human life. 3 “Elixirs of Death” Pesticide residue builds up in ecosystems and people and is sure to cause irreparable harm. 2 Sounding the Alarm Pesticide use has increased significantly without any study of its long-term effects. 1 In 1962 people did not celebrate Earth Day or study ecology. Pesticides spewed from airplanes, covering crops, forests, and rivers. Then biologist Rachel Carson sounded the alarm. In Silent Spring, she explained the impact of pesticides on the earth and called readers to act before it was too late. Progress at What Cost? OVERVIEW Carson sparked the birth of the modern environmental movement. Through her expertise in biology, she educated the public about the hazards of indiscriminate pesticide use. Her writing caused people not just to care about the environment, but also to act. RACHEL CARSON1907–64 Author Right to Know & Speak Out People have a right to know the effects of chemicals they are exposed to and to speak out against undue risks. Need for Responsibility Immediate and long-term effects of chemicals must be researched before use. Interconnectedness of Nature Humanity is one part of the web of life; our actions have consequences. Main Ideas Context Carson’s Unique Work Carson appealed to reason and emotion, making complex information relatable. Government Response Despite opposition, Silent Spring sparked a movement that led to reforms. Era of Progress In the 1960s, pesticides showed promise in controlling insect damage; then wild animals died, people got sick, and Carson sounded the alarm. Rachel Carson, Chapter 13 enetic deterioration through man-made agents is the menace of our time. Sources:, PBS, Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. English Original Language 1962 Year Published Rachel Carson Author Silent Spring Science Nonfiction

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