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Comment from: Sarah

I believe Rachel Carson was one of the first well-spoken, well-written advocates for the Earth. I encourage everyone to read her book Silent Spring.

04/20/12 @ 11:34
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Sarah: Thanks for bringing up the classic, yet still relevant, Silent Spring! Carson added credibility to the environmental argument given her status as a scientist. Added to her achievement was the fact that she was a woman during a time when women had to scream to be heard.

However, even though her words got the general public talking about conservation, they do not stand alone. Poets and scholars and immigrants and natives have spoken and advocated through the written word, many of which are as old as the government of the United States, many of which can be read as if they were written today.

Yes, Silent Spring should be read -- I believe it is available at every library. But don't stop there. Walk the Nature isle at your local library and read the words of those who lived on Earth before you with the same compassion and respect you feel. Find support in your kindred spirits; their words exist because they could not keep silent.

I often wonder if there is anything I could write that hasn't already been written. Yet, the conversation must be kick started again and again. It is a reality I've come to accept -- that each generation has to carry forward the culture of environmentalism. There will likely never be an end to the battle between caring and greed. Even if it is true that each of us is born with natural instincts, many will never follow them. Therefore, the call to act on behalf of our silent home must be resounded on a regular basis, like a morning alarm clock.

Yes, Silent Spring should be read; imagine the consequences had it not been widely circulated. But also, a Silent Spring should be written again, and again, and again.

04/23/12 @ 08:50
Comment from: sarah

Another excellent classic book is Sand County Almanac, just in case anyone wants another title to search for. Aldo Leopold is the author.

04/27/12 @ 09:31
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Keep 'em coming. I have that exact book on my reading list. It's one I haven't gotten to yet, but it's been on the list ever since I read its reference in the book "Temple Stream" by Bill Roorbach. It just got bumped up to the top of the list.

04/27/12 @ 17:33