Winner of the Rockower Award, the highest honor in Jewish journalism, this blog contains random musings of a journalist, father, husband, son, friend, poodle-owner, Red Sox fan and occasionally-ranting rabbi, taken from Shabbat-O-Grams, columns, speeches, letters, sermons and thin air. "On One Foot," the column, appears regularly in the New York Jewish Week, as well as a blog for the "Times of Israel."
Friday, September 28, 2012
Sukkot and "Silent Spring" - Ronnie Brockman
The latest entry from the blog of Ronnie Brockman, our early childhood educator.
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the book
Silent Spring from the "nun of nature" as Rachel Carson was called.
Let's give thanks for a book that spawned the modern environmental movement,
and rang some much needed alarm bells for our impact on nature and ourselves.
Why write about Rachel Carson in a blog talking about best practices for
young children. After all, Rachel Carson
was a scientist. She grew up loving the
outdoors. She studied to be a writer and scientist while she was in
college. In 1936, she became the first woman scientist in the Department
of Fisheries. She was not a teacher, nor
was she a teacher trainer. She was,
though interested in making the world a better place for our children.
In 1962, Carson published the book SILENT SPRING, and with it the
environmental movement was born. The book was written to raise awareness of the
great harm that synthetic chemical pesticides had on the
environment. It took great courage for Carson to speak out against the
agriculture and chemical industries. But she firmly believed that we as human
beings are just as vulnerable to the toxic pesticides we spray on our fields,
homes and trees as the insects themselves are. In defending her book, Rachel
Carson stated: “We still talk in terms of conquest. We still haven’t become
mature enough to think of ourselves as only a tiny part of a vast and incredible
universe. Man’s attitude toward nature is today critically important simply
because we have now acquired a fateful power to alter and destroy nature.”
Why write about a Rachel Carson in a blog talking about best practices for
“If I had influence with the good
fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should
ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so
indestructible that it would last throughout life.” -Rachel Carson