‘Silent Spring’ – I read this book many years ago. It really made me think how we take birds for granted and to this day when I hear birds singing I sometimes think of Rachel Carson’s book – even though it is over 20 years since I last read it. It is so hard to imagine a Spring without birdsong
I remember when I read Silent Spring many years ago the thought that we had so much power over this Earth amazed the young ‘me’. We humans had the ability to kill insects, birds and mammals through our technology
Rachel Carson covers a wide area in Silent Spring. She covers the ecology of water, birds, plants, mammals, soil and chemicals. One of the reasons this book is so memorable is the way she explains and tells the stories.
Rachel Carson was born on May 27 1907 in Pennsylvania, United States. She was a writer and a biologist
She also wrote the ‘Edge of the Sea’, ‘The Sea Around Us’.
Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring shocked a lot of people (including me) because it showed how dangerous some pesticides could be.
Silent Spring has been one of the books that has stayed with me all my life. I have remembered parts of it when listening to modern news about pollution. I have remembered Silent Spring when listening to birds singing. The title is so simple yet so effective. The message of the book is clear.
It is as relevant today as it was then, which is why it is still in publication and is still being read today.