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Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
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Sep 10, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: owned
Read from September 01 to 05, 2011

Unlike A Sand County Almanac, Silent Spring was an enjoyable read. I agreed wholeheartedly with Rachel Carson’s wake up call to the human race, and I think that if more (important) people sat down to read things like this, our planet would be in a lot less danger. Carson uses powerful statements such as “Only within this moment of time has one species-man-acquired significant power to alter the nature of his world,” and “every human being is now subjected to contact with dangerous chemicals from the moment of contraception until death” to keep the reader’s attention and truly drive home what mankind is doing to itself. Carson has an in-depth cause and effect book about how--if things do not change--mankind will eventually be wiped out by his own ‘Elixirs of Death.” I have to admit I was surprised by the statistics; and to think that we have government organizations so ignorant as to continue using poisonous chemicals that no doubt obliterate the proper habitat for the preservation of wildlife--wildlife that humans need to survive. Even though this book kept me interested, it at the same time disgusted me. I learned so much about what badly informed things we are doing to ourselves that it seems as if I was clueless before. If only the important people in organizations such as the United States Department of Agriculture could realize the effects of what they are telling us is safe, the environment might still be able to be saved--or at the least stabilized. All in all, Silent Spring made me want to make a difference, and taught me that small steps can be made to change the way we handle trivial things (like unwanted water bugs.)

(From an essay for school.)
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Ryan Uselmann Why 2 stars? Sounds like you enjoyed it....


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