You may have noticed that I have been blogging on the RSPB website since 1 June – in the run up to the Rio+20 conference of world ‘leaders’ which starts next week. My blog for the RSPB today is about the widespread use of ‘-cides’ – chemical poisons.
Rachel Carson’s book, Silent Spring, was published 50 years ago and highlighted the impacts of widely used agricultural chemicals on wildlife.
To mark the 50 years, my former colleague, Conor Jameson, has brought out a book entitled ‘Silent Spring Revisited‘.
You can’t judge a book by its title or its cover – but this is a great title and the cover is by my friend and local artist Carry Akroyd – so this book gets off to a very favourable start with me even before I opened the pages.
Conor takes you through the 50 years since Silent Spring was published and pulls out the important events for nature conservation, popular culture and Conor Jameson through that period. There are some lovely stories and I really enjoyed dipping into the years and remembering what I was doing at the time. It’s a delightful pot pourri, organised as a personal timeline.
What Conor doesn’t really do is to pull it all together and make sense of where we are now and how we got here, but his description of the journey is well worth the price of the book (£16.99).