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E d i t o r ’ s c o m m E n t a r y Carson Remembered We just can’t let 2012 go away without making some mention of the 50th anniversary in October of the publication of Rachel Carson’s book, Silent Spring. The book had the direct effect of banning the pesticide DDT, which was sprayed aerially over large areas of the U.S. in the 1940s and ’50s to control mosquitoes and fire ants. It also sparked the modern environmental movement, and well-financed opposition. “Every once in a while in the history of mankind, a book has appeared which has substantially altered the course of history,” said Sen. Ernest Gruening, D-AK, at congressional hearings on pesticides in 1963. THE IRONY IS that Carson wrote the “poison book” mainly because no one else would. The former science editor of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had three best sellers, all on the oceans, and was an established naturalist. She believed, said a friend, that people would protect only what they loved so she worked to establish a “sense of wonder” about nature. One of her books, The Sea Around Us, won a National Book Award. “She was Jacques Cousteau before there was a Jacques Cousteau,” he said. SERIALIZED by Atlantic Monthly before publication, Silent Spring was an instant success, eventually selling more than two million copies. It made the case for the idea that if humankind poisoned nature, nature would in turn poison humankind. And Carson had the ability to explain the threat in simple terms to a generation just learning to live with another manmade threat, nuclear war. Describing the agonizing death of a squirrel poisoned by DDT, she asked, “By acquiescing in an act that causes such suffering to a living creature, who among us is not diminished as a human being?” AMONG CARSON’S many supporters was President John F. Kennedy. But there also was a fierce and often personal industry reaction that continues today. Her opponents still hold her accountable for the deaths from malaria of millions of African children, and the Competitive Enterprise Institute still maintains a website, www.rachelwaswrong.org. Carson died of breast cancer April 14, 1964. She is credited for the creation of the Clean Air and Water Acts, the founding of the Environmental Protection Agency and Earth Day. Welcome to 2013 and another great year of High Performing Buildings magazine. Fred Turner Editor’s Note: Some of this material was taken from Eliza Griswold’s New York Times article, How “Silent Spring” Ignited the Environmental Movement. We also highly recommend William Sounder’s book, On a Farther Shore, The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson. 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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of High Performing Buildings - Winter 2013

High Performing Buildings - Winter 2013
Commentary
Contents
Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts
Mercy Corps World Headquarters
Hood River Middle School Music and Science Building
UC Davis Health and Wellness Center
Gateway West Sustainable I
Technologies on Display
Advertisers Index

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