Jason Hyde

2020: a year for the environment

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Meet RACHEL CARSON

2020 is the year of questioning. Bold affirmation, am I right? But the truth is… everyone had a lot of time to think about life, its meaning, the world ending, where are we going as a race? And all those philosophical questions we pondered on while being quarantined. Well, I’m sure most of you got to the conclusion that the environment was suffering… Yes, it got a breath of fresh air during the last months… but this doesn’t mean we can go back to our life as if nothing changed, because it did. We are now aware of how what we do affects our planet, and it’s something we should consider while making everyday choices.

The environmental movement started decades ago, but it was always dismissed as “the planet has infinite resources” or “the world won’t end just because I use chemical pesticides in my own home”, well… think again! Ecology really grew into a global movement with the creation of nuclear weapons, but Rachel Carson (a world-renowned marine biologist, author and environmentalist) was the one to bring it into focus with her book: “Silent Spring” in which she warned the world about the dangers the misuse of chemical pesticides such as DDT would have to all natural systems, and questioned the direction of modern science, she basically initiated the contemporary environmental movement.

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In her books, Rachel wrote about geologic discoveries of all kinds: how islands were formed, some underwater research, changing currents, how temperature does affect sea life. Her vision was really ahead for her time, (the 1950’s), her website describes Carson’s ecological vision of the oceans to have a “larger environmental ethic, which could lead to the sustainability of nature’s interactive and interdependent systems”. “…climate change, rising sea-levels, melting Arctic glaciers, collapsing bird and animal populations, crumbling geological fault. But how, she wondered, would the educated public be kept informed of these challenges to life itself? What was the public’s “right to know”?”

We have the privilege of living in the 21st century, where information is just a click away. Now, this is a great power, since not only can you learn about the past, but you can speak out about how it affects your present, and how it will impact your future. Social media has allowed people to have a greater reach, to connect with people around the globe, and this should be used for pressing matters. Our planet is calling, are you stepping up or watching from the bleachers, because frankly if we would have listened to Rachel Carson over 50 years ago and took action, maybe we wouldn’t be where we are today. But instead of living in the what ifs, let’s stop wasting more TIME, and start today. Everything counts.

“It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the Earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know the sense of wonder and humility.”

Rachel Carson
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