Why Carson still inspires
Wednesday Journal, Tuesday, January 31st, 2012, Peggy McGrath, One View
I try to point out the debt of gratitude we owe to Rachel Carson, the
response is often, "I know the name," but not much else.
I was in that camp myself until several years ago when I read her book, Silent Spring.
that time, several women and I were concerned with the chemical
spraying of mosquitos in Michigan. And there in her book, written 50
years ago, the same chemical was defined as toxic. What? Fifty years
ago? That was when my exploration of environmental concerns intensified
and became more focused.
2012 is the 50th anniversary of Silent
Spring. What a perfect time to acknowledge Rachel Carson and reiterate
her message. With political attacks on the EPA and existing
environmental laws, we need her voice more than ever. It is acknowledged
that without her book, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Clean
Air and Clean Water acts, and numerous other environmental agencies
would not exist.
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