Sociology Index


'Silent Spring' was published in 1962, and written by Rachel Carson. Silent Spring is as groundbreaking and relevant today as it was when it was first published. The publication of the book 'Silent Spring' drew attention to the impact of chemicals on the natural environment. 'Silent Spring' was an early call to arms for the environmental movement. In 'Silent Spring' Carson portrays the forces that modern society has brought into being which assault nature and human life itself. 'Silent Spring' was not any other fiction. Where had birds gone? The few birds seen anywhere trembled violently and could not fly. It was a silent spring without voices. The Deep Ecology philosophy emphasizes the interdependent value of human and non-human life and the importance of the ecosystem.

Global climate change and the harmful genetically modified organisms are now the focus of environmental movements. 'Silent Spring' asks humankind to wake up and save nature because it may already be too late. The title 'Silent Spring' comes from an imaginary community in which there was a strange silence. Silent Spring met with very fierce opposition by chemical companies. 'Silent Spring' had a message for those who cared about environment. Cornell University provides an overview of Sociology of Environment and hyperlinks to resources on the Web.

Mornings once throbbed with the dawn chorus of robins, catbirds, doves, and scores of other bird voices, but now there was no sound. There is only silence over the fields and woods and marsh.

Silent spring argues that uncontrolled and unexamined pesticide use harms and kills. Silent spring documents the detrimental effects of pesticides on the environment.
Silent spring gives a call to look at how the use of chemicals can cause damage and impact the world around us and demonstrates the fragility of the biodiversity on the planet.