Silent Spring Sparks a Movement

1962-silent-spring-sparks-a-movement.jpgRachel Carson publishes Silent Spring. Her iconic book outlines the detrimental effects of pesticide use (DDT), especially on birds. Carson explains the ways in which pesticides are introduced into food chains – though bioaccumulation – and how they manifest themselves in harmful ways as they move up the food chain. Silent Spring causes many Americans to question humanity’€™s blind faith in technological advancement, galvanizing them to join the modern environmental movement.

World Population : 170,060,000

Key:   1,000,000 People    1,000,000 People (Annotated)    Milestone

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