February 27, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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You've probably heard of Rachel Carson, the scientist and advocate who sparked concerns about pesticides in the 1960s. Her seminal book, "Silent Spring", describes the known and suspected affects of pesticides (at the time) on people and wildlife. The book caused public outcry and initiated new public policy about the use of pesticides. Even today however, there is still debate and controversy about the conclusions Ms. Carson drew and what it means for larger society.
Let's continue reading the book, see her arguments in her own words, compare her conclusions to what we know today, and make our own judgments about the risks and benefits of pesticide use.
The book is:
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
This meeting, we'll discuss Chapters 5-9:
Chpt 5: Realms of the Soil
Chpt 6: Earth's Green Mantle
Chpt 7: Needless Havoc
Chpt 8: And No Birds Sing
Chpt 9: Rivers of Death
Everyone is welcome, even if you didn't make the meeting for Chapters 1-4. I look forward to seeing you there!