寂静的春天 | Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

    寂静的春天 | Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

    Conservationist Rachel Carson spent over six years documenting the effects on DDT, a synthetic organic compound used as an insecticide, on numerous communities. Her analysis revealed that such powerful, persistent chemical pesticides have been used without a full understanding of the extent of their potential harm to the whole biota, including the damage they've caused to wildlife, birds, bees, agricultural animals, domestic pets, and even humans.

    In this book, Carson discusses her findings and expresses passionate concern for the future of the planet and all the life inhabiting it, calling on us all to act responsibly, carefully, and as stewards of the living earth. Additionally, she suggests that all democracies and liberal societies must operate in a way that allows individuals and groups to question what their governments have permitted to be put into the environment. An instant best seller that was read by President Kennedy during the summer of 1962, this classic remains one of the best introductions to the complicated and controversial subject.

    我们必须与其他生物共同分享我们的地球,为了解决这个问题,我们发明了许多新的、富于想象力和创造性的方法;随着这一形势的发展,一个要反复提及的话题是:我们是在与生命——活的群体、它们经受的所有压力和反压力、它们的兴盛与衰败——打交道。只有认真地对待生命的这种力量,并小心翼翼地设法将这种力量引导到对人类有益的轨道上来,我们才能希望在昆虫群落和我们本身之间形成一种合理的协调。

    “控制自然”这个词是一个妄自尊大的想象产物,是当生物学和哲学还处于低级幼稚阶段时的产物,当时人们设想中的“控制自然”就是要大自然为人们的方便有利而存在。“应用昆虫学”上的这些概念和做法在很大程度上应归咎于科学上的蒙昧。这样一门如此原始的科学却已经用最现代化、最可怕的化学武器武装起来了:这些武器在被用来对付昆虫之余,已转过来威胁着我们整个的大地了,这真是我们的巨大不幸。

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