Sociology Index E-Books

SILENT SPRING

Sociology of Environment, Books on Environmental Sociology, Environmental Movement

'Silent Spring' was published in 1962, and written by Rachel Carson. 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. Ozone depletion, global climate change, acid rain, and the potentially harmful genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are now the focus of environmental movements.

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. 'Silent Spring' had a message for those who cared about environment.

'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.

The birds, for example - where had they gone? Many people spoke of them, puzzled and disturbed. The feeding stations in the backyards were deserted. The few birds seen anywhere were moribund; they trembled violently and could not fly.

It was a silent spring without voices. On the morning that had once throbbed with the dawn chorus of robins, catbirds, doves, jays, wrens, and scores of other bird voices there was now no sound; only silence over the fields and woods and marsh.

The environmental movement in the United States with the conservation movement and the establishment of Hot Springs National Park in 1832. Henry David Thoreau, John Muir and George Perkins Marsh were the early leaders of conservation movement and thus the environmental movement.