1962 CE • USA
“It was a spring without voices. On the mornings 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 lay over the fields and woods and marsh.” Carson chronicles the lethal effects of DDT on bird populations and was “the first to put them all together for the general public and to draw stark and far-reaching conclusions. In doing so, Carson, the citizen-scientist, spawned a revolution. “
Eliza Griswold, “How ‘Silent Spring' Ignited the Environmental Movement,” The New York Times, September 22, 2012.
Image: John Collier, Jr., Dusting with an airplane, Dust or insecticide is spread by low flying planes onto crops to control various insect pests, New Jersey United States Bridgeton Cumberland County, 1942, Photograph.