From Earth Indivisible
Terry Tempest Williams reflects on the unbreakable links between the health of our planet and the health of our own bodies.
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Forty-five years ago Rachel Carson captured the nation’s attention with her imagined portrayal of wildlife imperiled by the indiscriminate spray of pesticides. “The few birds seen anywhere were moribund,” she wrote. “They trembled violently and could not fly. It was a spring without voices. On the mornings that had once throbbed with the dawn chorus of scoresof bird voices there was now no sound; only silence lay over the fields and woods and marsh.” When Carson published Silent Spring in 1962, her vivid prose and persuasive arguments helped spark the modern environmental movement. The book also sparked the ire of the chemical industry, whose representatives labeled Carson a “hysterical woman” and tried to dismiss her as a “priestess of nature,”...