Rachel Carson could be called the mother of modern environmentalism.
Her 1962 book ‘Silent Spring’ led to a worldwide ban of DDT. Hippies like to gloss over the tens of millions of dead children the DDT ban doomed to die of malaria, but we’ve covered that tragedy before.
Carson was motivated to write Silent Spring by her concerns about man’s negative influence on nature – especially birdlife:
…in 1958, Carson’s interest in writing about the dangers of DDT was rekindled when she received a letter from a friend in Massachusetts bemoaning the large bird kills which had occured on Cape Cod as the result of DDT sprayings.
…Carson concluded that DDT and other pesticides had irrevocably harmed birds and animals and had contaminated the entire world food supply.
Nearly 50 years after the publication of Silent Spring and birds are dropping like, err, flies. Except the mass slaughter of birds is by wind farms, the preferred alternative (to) energy choice of today’s environmentalist, not a maligned pesticide: (Daily Bayonet)