My Photo

Or receive updates by email:

Delivered by FeedBurner


FIND DIANE ON...



AddThis Social Bookmark Button
Get Our Newsletter:
Green Purse Alerts!

Why My Purse is Green

Because I believe…

  • the fastest, most effective way to stop polluters is by pressuring them in the marketplace
  • women can be the world’s most powerful economic and environmental force if we intentionally shift our spending to the best green products and services
  • women have the power right now to solve many of our most serious environmental problems by using our green purses to make a difference
  • women must act – intentionally, collectively, and with the full force of our purse power behind us – if we hope to leave our children and grandchildren a better world.
  • « Bring Hybrid Mini-Vans to the U.S. | Main | Meet these Blogs for Eco Moms »

    What is it about Rachel Carson that some misguided souls just love to hate?

    Sspring Rachel Carson, who would have turned 100 years old on May 27, was a marine biologist and award-winning writer who warned the world about the dangers of pesticides and herbicides in her fearless book, Silent Spring. Published in 1962, Silent Spring revealed that toxic chemicals have a long-lasting presence in our water and on the land. It documented traces of DDT in mother’s milk, while alerting us to the threat it posed to other creatures, especially songbirds.

    President John F. Kennedy was so moved by Silent Spring that he initiated a presidential advisory committee to study the issues it raised. The U.S. Senate opened an investigation into the use and abuse of pesticides based on her research. Nevertheless, Rachel was vilified by the agricultural chemical industry, who accused the book of being “sinister” and “hysterical.”

    Today, we’re coming full circle. Even as proof mounts almost daily that cancer is linked to pesticides and herbicides, Rachel Carson’s detractors persist. Their latest ploy? Derail an effort in the U.S. Senate to commemorate Rachel’s birth and honor her unique contribution to environmental protection.

    Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., is using Senate rules to oppose a commemoration of Rachel Carson, blaming the pioneer for using “junk science” to sway public opinion against DDT and other chemicals. 

    Carson On the eve of Rachel’s 100th birthday, her own words seem more relevant today than when they first appeared on the page:

    “The human race is challenged more than ever before to demonstrate our mastery - not over nature but of ourselves”

    “Only within the moment of time represented by the present century has one species -- man -- acquired significant power to alter the nature of his world.”

    “One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, 'What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?'”

    TrackBack

    TrackBack URL for this entry:
    https://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d83451bba269e200d8357e11a169e2

    Listed below are links to weblogs that reference What is it about Rachel Carson that some misguided souls just love to hate?:

    Comments

    Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

    The comments to this entry are closed.

    EcoCentric Mom
    Everbuying led light
    Green by Answers.com
    GSHNetworkMember125

    Categories