A Thought for the Spring Equinox
“We stand now where two roads diverge.
But unlike the roads in Robert Frost’s familiar poem,
they are not equally fair.
The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway
on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster.
The other fork of the road—the one “less traveled by”—offers our last, our only chance
to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth.”
– Rachel Carson, 1907-1964
Scientist, Writer, Ecologist
Author of The Silent Spring.
This 1962 environmental classic focused on the toxic effects of synthetic pesticides following the mass death of birds after a DDT spraying. Carson touched off an avalanche of environmental awareness that continues to this day.
Almost fifty years later, what have we learned? Will we continue to walk the path of over-consumption and disregard for the environment?
Have we taken the wrong path? If so, can we turn around?
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