After I read through the Silent Spring, I felt like the environment we are living in and the relationship between human and natural are getting worse. The book basically talks about many different topics based on the chemical pollution, which is the problem that the society faces nowadays and also lets us know that the pollution is caused by those chemicals, such as DDT, which is a kind of pesticide widely used on farmlands but also fatally. DDT can also get into human’s blood, sperm, even breast milk. Therefore, abuse of the chemicals will affect agriculture and industry problems. The book also introduces different kinds of chemicals such as the chemical pesticides, insecticide as well as the effects of those.
The book is undoubtedly most known for exposing the meat industry as endangering the American populace, bringing food inspection to the “forefront of American consciousness”, and leading to the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act (Lerner). This is undoubtedly noteworthy- after all, it is the first exposé on the food industry and the well-deserved reason why the novel is so frequently mentioned in history textbooks. However, the true purpose of The Jungle is to serve as a “round of ammunition in the battle for social justice” and advocate the use of “individual progress put to use for the common good”, making it an important criticism of capitalism and a part of the Progressive Era (Napierkowski & Stanley). Because it exposes injustices which America has yet to remedy, there is relevancy to the text and, therefore, a need to read it in classrooms. The reformist nature of the times is effectively captured through Sinclair’s descriptions of the meatpacking industry and its unfair treatment of workers in a dramatized way that differentiates it from other muckraker texts (Bielakowski).
Monsanto is a company whose name has become synonymous with corporate corruption and malpractice. What initially started as a controversial chemical company, most notably condemned for the creation of the chemical weapon “agent orange”, went on to become the far more controversial agricultural biotechnology corporation it is known today. Out of all of Monsanto’s crimes, both ethical and humane, the following are some of their most noteworthy. Monsanto has been criticized for the creation of genetically modified crops or “Frankenfoods”. These crops have been modified to increase natural toxin levels and contain proteins known to cause allergic reactions and lead to health risks.
The purpose of published “Silent Spring” was to alert and inform everyone about the danger the environment is in due to the spraying of pesticides. Carson wanted to let the public know the truth about pesticides that governments and health organizations were hiding from everyone. In the beginning of Chapter 2 Rachel states “The most alarming of all man’s assaults upon the environment is the contamination of the air, earth, rivers, and sea with dangerous and even lethal material.”(5). This quote explains Carson’s whole purpose of the book in one sentence; to bring change in the world by preventing the widespread use of DDT and dangerous pesticides. Rachel Carson is writing this book to save the future of the world from the spread of deadly
Both movies show that how a rich ecosystem that was full of wildlife and resources turned into a wasteland because of humans. First, both movies are very similar in terms of key environmental issues. In “The Lorax”, the Once-ler used up all of the Truffla trees to make the thneed which led to the extinction
In 1962, Rachel Carson, author of the book, “Silent Spring” paints the image of a disgusting world filled with contamination that is not too far away for the citizens of America in 1962. A world filled with waste and chemicals due to the lack of knowledge that humankind has about the environment would hurt the air, Earth, rivers, and seas, causing both the environment and the human race to be in danger. Carson idealizes change in the environment through use of an abundance of rhetorical devices. Carson utilizes devices such as, imagery, logos, pathos through childhood, compare contrast organization, and shifts in persona. By using rhetorical devices, Carson reveals the truth about the contamination and waste in the environment.
The documentary ‘Trashed, with Jeremy Irons’ focuses on how the waste management industry is having deleterious consequences on human and animal life on this planet. By using case studies from around the world, Jeremy Irons takes the viewer on a narrated journey from Lebanon, to the UK, to Vietnam, and to the North Pacific, all with the objective of demonstrating how the ways in which humans get rid of waste: through landfills, incinerators, and oceanic dumping, are harming human health, destroying people’s livelihoods, and adversely affecting animals’ welfare. Irons concludes this dismal narration of the anthropogenic harms of the waste industry with an uplifting look at the positive changes that grassroots organizations are effectuating in the disposal of waste. Ultimately, this film is incredibly successful in getting its point across in its 93 minutes running time; that humans must change the way in which we deal with waste. This success can be attributed to how skillfully Jeremy Irons exploits
INTRODUCTION Silent Spring is a science book written by Rachel Carson an eminent nature author and published by Houghton Mifflin on September 27, 1962, touching the topics related to Ecology, Pesticides and Environmentalism. The book is a detailed discussion on the harmful effects of pesticides on the environment and the related health issues faced by the human beings on being exposed to this polluted environment. The author has supported her views with appropriate scientific evidences and researches. In her book Carson directly accuses the chemical industry for manufacturing such chemical poison for their economic interests, which are harmful to the whole environment and brings about an imbalance among the elements of nature. THEME The
Dams are notorious for the destruction of river’s ecosystems and some of the civilizations around them. Though they are seen as a symbol of development and growth, in reality, they are a destructive force. It is this destruction that is detailed in Bruce Barcott’s book The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw: One Woman’s Fight to Save the World’s most Beautiful Bird. This mish mash of nature journalism, mystery novel, and biography takes place in western Belize, in the depths of barely touched jungle along a river. Sharon Matola, a self taught zoo keeper, serves as the spearhead in a movement against the Chalillo dam.
Crake is the one who created the Crakers, and their bright green eyes as a result of his desire to make them consume vegetation like rabbits. The juxtaposition between inside and outside is also prominent throughout. Disease plays a big role in this, keeping everything clean “inside” and everything dirty “outside”. For example, “a disease got into you and changed the things inside you” (Atwood 21), here Jimmy’s mom is explaining to him how it is dangerous if a disease gets inside his body because it can rearrange his body and make him ill. “Outside the OrganInc walls and gates and searchlights, things were unpredictable” (Atwood 27). This description contrasts with the “inside” by revealing that the “inside” represent comfort and familiarity, while “outside” represents difficulty and aloofness.
The war in Iraq has tremendous results in terms of living conditions, ecology, violence, and human rights. This is what Stephen Lendman exposes in his article. Whether they chose to stay and live in squatter slums, or flee to the neighboring countries, Iraqis are facing bad living conditions, living in poverty and lacking basic services such as sanitation or water. The Golf War has disastrous effects on the environment as well; because of destruction of power and chemical plants, factories, refineries, and water purification facilities, to name but a few, pollution has drastically increase, as well as diseases. Violence has reached a spike and the number of Human rights abuses in Iraq has raised too.
Carson expresses her founded concerns about the adverse risks and toxicity associated with these pesticides using logical, emotional, and ethical appeal. This is demonstrated in the quote, “ Can anyone believe it is possible to lay down such a barrage of poisons on the surfaces of the earth without making it unfit for life?” Carson’s impassioned argumentative essay was composed as a warning to the human race. Poison was being slathered all over the earth’s surface. An invasion of life-threatening chemicals have the potential to mutate the healthy progression of future generations and their health. Carson suggests that insecticides developed to rid us of annoying bugs and insects and assist in the
The video, 60 Minutes – Electronic Wasteland, produced by Solly Granatstein, show us the cruel reality of the environmental consequences of human activities and life style and how the emissions from these recycling practices are damaging human health and the environment. Electronic waste (E-waste) contains toxic components like Lead, Mercury, Chromium, Cadmium, Polyvinyl Chloride, that affects the overall wellness of the human body and the ecosystem that is exposed. Some of the health effects of these toxins on the human body include brain damage, kidney disease, mutations, different types of cancers, birth defects, reproductive system damage, and much more. This video, it is very impressive and totally change my way of thinking and acting,
According to Nicholas Kristof author of “Cleaning the Henhouse” one of the main problems within industrial agriculture is that it is harmful to all human beings. The prime example that Nicholas gives is the increasing rate of salmonella outbreaks in the United States. Salmonella outbreaks are due to the improper care of hens from what they’re being fed down to the environment they’re kept in. Kristof finds it important to respond to this epidemic because it has a direct impact on human health. In addition to identifying a national problem he goes on to propose that the most effective solution would be to ban the usage of cages in chicken farming.
4. The Vietnam War saw the use of many controversial military tactics used by both the United States and their allies, as well as the Viet Cong and NVA. On the American side, one of the most prevalent and well known missions was Operation Ranch Hand, a decade long herbicidal warfare campaign that is still causing terrible birth defects to this day. The herbicides used in Agent Orange were contaminated with an even worse chemical, known as TCDD, which is a heavy carcinogen and teratogen. In the period that it was used, agricultural lands were sprayed with Agent Orange in an attempt to starve the enemy by destroying the main crop in the region, rice.