[Sust-mar] Quiet Spring: Fifty years since Rachel Carson

Christopher Majka c.majka at ns.sympatico.ca
Wed Apr 25 18:53:26 EDT 2012

Hi folks,

I've been considering writing something to mark the fiftieth  
anniversary of the publication of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring and  
the publication of "Historical pesticide applications coincided with  
an altered diet of aerially foraging insectivorous chimney swifts" has  
provided me with such an opportunity.

Despite the banning of DDT forty years ago bird populations are still  
suffering the after-effects of this pesticide. And now, new threats in  
the form of climate change confront them. Despite this, the federal  
government appears not to have learned from environmental history.  
Rather than increasing resources devoted to this area of vital  
concern, it is instead scaling them back. Will we have to face a  
silent future after all? Will no birds sing in a future spring?

	Quiet Spring: Fifty years since Rachel Carson

Best wishes!

Christopher Majka

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