Environmentalism And Criticism In Silent Spring By Rachel Carson

analytical Essay
1090 words
1090 words

To take a trip back to the 1940s, when most of America was so deeply engulfed in financial turmoil from the depression, while also bolstering up for a second World War, we would meet a young, but brave women named Rachel Carson. She was focused on a different type of disaster taking place; the implementation of a new pesticide called DDT. With this new chemical being sprayed throughout the US and other countries, Carson took notice to the environmental issues that were arising along with it. This pesticide brought implications and topics for her to question including the ‘separation ' of humans from the environment, biodiversity loss, nature being truly defined, conservationism and creating future environmentalism. According to the EPA, DDT, …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Narrates how rachel carson was focused on the implementation of a new pesticide called ddt, which brought implications and topics for her to question.
  • Analyzes carson's bold decision to write a controversial book about the catastrophe at hand, called "silent spring", which helped people identify the possible harmful effects on the environment and understand their role and connection with nature.
  • Explains that carson knew the long-term effects of ddt were not yet recognized, but she was able to predict these implications to the biodiversity before anyone even noticed.
  • Analyzes how cafaro's early works, under the sea-wind (1941), the sea around us (1951), and the edge of the sea (1955), gave readers a unique perspective on what nature truly was.
  • Analyzes how silent spring fulfilled theodore roosevelt's idea of natural conservation and helped establish the endangered species act of 1973.
  • Opines that carson's treaties, acts, and bans aren't named after her, but her message was for humans to rethink their place in nature and to think about conserving the resources for the future.
  • Opines that rachel carson's novel silent spring will be a lesson point for future generations to observe and learn from. without her presence, humans could have easily continued to pump the land with ddt and other chemicals.

This controversial book was called “Silent Spring”. This book not only helped people identify the possible harmful effects on the environment, but it also helped people understand their role and connection with nature. A great example would be how the book was written in a unique style, which was, instead of immediately announcing the main problem of DDT, she first eloquently describe how beautiful nature was. Not only did she portray the natures intrinsic value, but she also intertwined civilization amongst the beauty of nature. “The town lay in the midst of a checkerboard of prosperous farms, with the fields of grain and hillsides of orchards where, in spring, white clouds of bloom lifted about the green fields.” (Carson 2). This passage helps the audience really captures the beauty of nature, while it also doesn’t exclude or remove the human aspect. This was most likely Carson’s goal, for I think that she wants people to feel like they are a part of nature and that they are responsible for taking care of …show more content…

According to Anne MacZulak, a environmentalist writer, Silent Spring fulfilled Theodore Roosevelt idea of natural conservation, which would help guide him to establish the the Endangered Species Act of 1973. This act would greatly help protect the endangered species that humans have made so scarce due to our processes including hunting, poaching, deforestation and other harmful acts. Another example of how this book changed our society, was described by Mark Stroll in his online visual exhibition, and it was dealing with the dangerous nuclear byproduct strontium 90. Carson brought enough awareness to this subject, that a “Baby Tooth Survey” was created to test strontium 90 levels in babies teeth. With substantial results, this lead President Kennedy to negotiate the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty of 1963. (Stroll 2012.) To even show how far her efforts have gone, there is a “Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge” very nearby my house that helps protect the local salt marshes and estuary. In addition to these examples, the echo of her concern would continue to influence our perception of nature and helped form our modern day

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