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Silent Spring by Rachel Carson 1st published in 1962
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From: Jude
Category: Books
Date: 18 December 2005

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Just got round to reading this - the book said to have kick-started the ecology movement. It's enlightening. Imagine - lakes lined with dead fish, piles of bird corpses under trees, the planet's water courses and underground water sources contaminated for decades, or centuries even, with DNA mutating chemicals. Because the human race is clever. Clever enough to invent lethal poisons but not wise enough to foresee the consequences. And not wise enough to stop even though the consequences become more than obvious. It should be compulsory reading, except that would interfere with our human rights! In particular, our right to remain ignorant about the results of our clever use of lethal poisons. The really laughable thing is that the (mostly) insects which these poisons were supposed to control in fact thrived and, instead, animals, fish and birds died in the hundreds of thousands. Clever. Like children in a gun room. Read it please it is beautifully and poetically written too. What an amazing, enlightened, woman who, by the way, died of cancer, an increasingly common disease of our modern, contaminated, society.

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