Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring is one of the most influential books of the 20th century. However, people still criticize this book saying that it lead to protest against pesticides. Rachel Carson writes how DDT is toxic to many of the animals, especially the birds and can harm them. There is another argument however; DDT kills mosquitoes that carry malaria. Critics argue that this has affected many of the people living in countries like Africa who are majorly affected by malaria and after the ban of DDT, the spread of disease has grown killing thousands. Carson apparently never wanted the ban of DDT. All she wanted was the balance of the use. United States have become cleaner and healthier since Silent Spring. However, the critics are still there and they still continue to criticize. DDT (insecticide dicholorodiphenyl-trichloroethane) was pesticide created to kill insects that ate the crops and attacked trees, bothered people and transmitted disease. Rachel Carson was first introduced to this situation when her friend complained witnessing the death of birds after DDT was sprayed around that certain area. Carson decided to take a look into that situation and ended up writing a book called Silent Spring. However, many people criticized this book saying that she was a girl and didn’t know anything; they complained that this book was full of inaccurate information. During these attacks Caron was getting from the people, she suffered from cancer, dying not too long after the publication of Silent Spring. Carson’s book marked the beginning of the environmental movement which was when many citizens demanded and wanted to develop the environment, making it a better place by reducing pollution and protect areas from environmental degradation.
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