Silent spring by Rachel Carson is the story about pesticide use and its consequences. It prompts human attitudes towards pollution and gives such a vivid critiques to some modern industrial behaviors. Amazingly, the book is a cause of panel setup for saving ecology of President Kennedy. Carson begins her first chapter “A Fable of tomorrow,” with a visualized description of a heartbreaking outcome in a small town in America after a massive use of pesticides. The synthetic pesticides tragically spread and unknowingly resided in the body of fish, birds, reptiles, and domesticated and wild animals, and thus also in the body of man regardless of their ages and sexes.
In order to stop the blatant use of these chemicals, efforts have been put forth and it all started with Silent Spring. In her work, Rachel Carson presented the horrors of pesticides and how they are irreversibly damaging our environment. By shifting the world’s connotation of pesticides and DDT from one that praised it, to one that is cautious and understands their harmful effects, Carson created an environmental movement
The Vietnam War had a major impact on especially on itself. After the war there are many side effects that are still affecting the people in Vietnam. Agent Orange is an herbicide chemical used to stop crops and vegetation from growing in order to extinguish the crops that feed the Northern Vietnamese. Twenty million gallons of it was used in that time. It has left a serious ecological and human impact on Vietnamese people.
Both "Silent Spring" and "If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth" have identical themes which create a very similar message. Silent Spring 's message is that there are terrible consequences in the ecosystem that can be done by humans actions. While "If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth" is to warn people that all actions have consequences and that if people decide to pollute the Earth than there will be horrible events that will have a very negative impact on the future generations. Take care of the planet before it 's too
The use of weedkillers does not harm this intricate relationship of plants. For example, sagebrush allows the retention of moisture which might have helped the grass the farmers have planted but they have killed everything in the way of the growth of the new grass. The removal of the sagebrush also ruins the lives of animals that need it (antelope and sage grouse). A removal of one species of plant can easily affect the whole ecosystem, potentially crippling it. Use of herbicide on roadsides can damage the aesthetic appeal and the environment around it.
The global production of animal products aids in the destruction of water quality worldwide. FAO (2009) mentions that the water quality is tainted through the release of nitrogen, phosphorous, pathogens and other substances which goes into water ways and groundwater mainly from manure production in intensive livestock. Accordingly, poor manure management results in the pollution of surface and ground water. Air quality is also impacted by meat production; meat production contributes to the level of ammonia, which is released from manure and urine, carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulphide and other harmful substances. Samer (2016) refers to hydrogen sulphide as “an aggressive trace gas”, it is emitted in large amounts after manure is broken down anaerobically during sometime in storage.
This is just one example of the many causes of what waste can do to both people and their environments. Therefore, continuous dumping of the outdated commodities into the environment with the technological advancement continually impacts the environment negatively (Hummer7). In addition, the media has also played a key role in discouraging g the use of different products and updates on the current trends. With the increase in the pollutants in the environment causes different health hazards and sometimes death. Therefore in order to reduce wastes and the consequent effects on our lives, there must be a change in the consumer buying culture and
In today’s world, there are many people creating new chemical substances that has negative effect to our world. Rachel Carson, in her article "The Obligation to Endure" argues that the pesticides and other chemicals we use are harmful to more than just the environment. I agree with Carson in her article, in that we should reduce most of the harmful chemical use and instead use technological inventions. Carson is a person who seems very passionate about the environment and is very concerned of its inhabitants. It is hard to believe that intelligent human beings would use bad chemicals substances that would affect the environment and themselves negatively.
Eversince the invasion of Zebra mussels in 1988 the ecosystem of The Great Lakes suffered negative impacts from decrease of plankton to spending big numbers every year to try to remove them from the ecosystem. But little do people know they also help brought Lake erie (one of the 5 great lakes) back to life, during the 1970s Lake Erie was declared dead since massive amounts of pollution were dumped into the Lake from agriculture industry. The pollution caused the Lake to have less oxygen which caused some parts of the lakes to be a dead zone. Overall this can be concluded to have negative impact to the ecosystem of the Great Lakes, but there are some positive impacts too. The primary objective should be to remove the Zebra mussels from the great lakes even though the had positive impacts, the zebra mussels don’t belong in this ecosystem.
Foer further explains that animal food is not only responsible for diseases such as bird’s flu and swine flu, but also hinders the effectiveness of antibiotics in the human body (2009). He mainly focuses on factory farming which if stopped would reduce global warming, pollution, save oil reserves, reduce disease burden, improve public health