Political and Social Movements

Environmental Protection

What did Silent Spring have to do with the environmental protection movement?

The 1962 work by American ecologist Rachel Carson (1907–1964) cautioned the world on the ill effects of chemicals on the environment. Carson argued that pollution and the use of chemicals, particularly pesticides, would result in less diversity of life. The best-selling book had wide influence, raising awareness of environmental issues and launching green (environmental protection) movements in many industrialized nations.


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