“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”
― Rachel Carson, Silent Spring
Rachel Carson will forever be an incredible inspiration both to writing and to environmentalism. If you haven’t read Silent Spring, bug me for my copy or check it out on your own. I read it in an environmental writing course in college, and it’s pretty horrifying what we’ve done to the earth in the past with DDT and other pesticides. Carson, and the awareness she raised, helped to begin the environmental movement in the sixties, which still persists today to a larger degree. She’s an amazing writer–her book was published in pieces by the New Yorker in 1962. Although those pieces require a subscription to read online at newyorker.com, Joshua Rothman wrote a great little piece about her last year for the NY book blog.
It’s a bit daunting to think about the issues we ignore today that will soon be brought to light. We’ll all be horrified that we ever succumbed to them.
Note of the day: Don’t forget about all these important people who teach us how to observe and how to formulate awareness that will move people to act.