There was a fantastic movie on WUCF last Tuesday about Rachel Carson, author of “Silent Spring,” the book that ignited the environmental movement over 50 years ago. Until Ms. Carson’s book came out, we lived blissfully ignorant of the real dangers of chemical pesticides. We learned through her investigations that poisoning certain undesirable creatures is not done in a vacuum and has negative consequences all the way up the food chain, eventually harming us. Consequently, we became less naive about trusting the corporations pushing their products and the government in charge of regulating them.
President Kennedy acknowledged the importance of the book and a long, slow journey began to outlaw DDT in this country and put into place stronger governmental safeguards to our health and environment. Far from perfect, the advances made should be built upon and strengthened not thrown out and eviscerated as is feverishly being done by the new administration. However, we’re in a new era, with seemingly no remembrance of history and an arrogant boastfulness of using “alternative facts.” The same guilty corporations from the past are taking advantage of our ignorance with a new leader determined to sell our environment out to the highest bidder.
We must not sit passively by and let that happen. Please get involved with an environmental group that will work to protect our precious world. Sierra Club, Earthjustice and National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) are excellent four star charities with the legal know-how to fight these criminal acts. Please support them any way you can.