Over the past 50 years, the nation’s relationship with the environmental movement has ebbed and flowed, with causes gaining momentum and fading away into the background as quickly as the latest pop culture trends. Today, the world is staring at monumental environmental issues that will have a profound effect on our population, yet the critical mass involved in tackling these challenges is often thwarted by skepticism and misinformation.
Today, the New York Times published an article that described how the modern environmental movement took off– which could offer clues into how scientists, governments and activists can create a new and sustainable approach to conservation. In 1962, Rachel Carson published “Silent Spring,“ which examined the effects of DDT and synthetic pesticides in nature. Though her citizen-scientist research in “Silent Spring” Carson managed to influence public perception on how the human footprint impacts the environment.
Broadcaster and scientist David Suzuki cited “Silent Spring” in a event hosted by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that questioned why environmentalism is failing as a movement. In Chapter 25 in the video below, Suzuki discusses how Carson’s book affected both his personal and professional outlook on why he became a steward for environmental conservation.