Man’s attitude toward nature is today critically important simply because we have now acquired a fateful power to alter and destroy nature. But man is a part of nature, and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself
- Marine biologist Rachel Carson questioned the use of chemicals and pesticides and in particular DDT in agriculture since WW2. She informed the public about their effects on our ecosystems. The public reaction to her work, “Silent Spring” fueled a nascent environmental movement fostering the political will that led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970.
- As a conservationist and advocate for the natural world, she invited the humankind to re-evaluate his own place in it, and to think about ways to protect the living world and its creatures.
Books and resources
- Carson, “The Sea Around Us”, 1951
- Carson, “The Sense of Wonder”, 1955
- Carson, “Silent Spring”, 1962