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Rachel Carson

Silent Spring

by Rachel Carson

Silent Spring

Rachel Carson

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Silent Spring is the story that sparked the global grassroots environmental movement in 1962, explaining how chemical pesticides work, their drawbacks, and how we can better protect crops in more sustainable ways.

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Silent Spring

by Rachel Carson

Silent Spring

Rachel Carson

Overview

Silent Spring is considered THE book that started the global grassroots environmental movement. Released in 1962, it focuses on the negative effects of chemical pesticides that were, at the time, a large part of US agriculture.

Rachel Carson and her work initiated a shift in global environmental consciousness. A marine biologist by education, Carson also published a few bestselling books about sea and ocean biospheres. The importance of Carson's work can't be understated: it's said to have kickstarted the creation of the US Environmental Protection Agency. She was also posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Jimmy Carter.

Silent Spring carries a message that is as relevant today as it was back in the 1960s. Humans are dependent on their living environment - therefore, it's pure madness to disregard the importance of our environment's protection. Because of the boldness and simplicity of Carson's writing, this book still inspires activists all around the world today.

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