Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Nature Nerd Wednesdays

Welcome to Nature Nerd Wednesdays, your mid-week nature break to reconnect with the calming, refreshing, and inspiring effects of nature. Take a deep breath and enjoy...

Yesterday marked what would have been Rachel Carson's 107th birthday, if she were still with us today. In honor of this amazing woman, I wanted to share some of her timeless words this Nature Nerd Wednesday:

"Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life." ~Rachel Carson

Oregon Coast.  Lainey Piland photo

Rachel Carson authored Silent Spring, the groundbreaking book published in 1962 which exposed the far-reaching harmful effects of pesticide use and inspired the environmental movement. Our world would look very different today had she not had the courage to pen this indictment of the pesticide industry and the ecological devastation inflicted by their products.  We have Rachel Carson to thank for many of our modern-day environmental protections, for a natural landscape much healthier than it otherwise would have been, for scenes like the one pictured above... and of course for those sweet trilling birdsongs floating from the treetops... for our springs which are blessedly anything but silent.

And although she is not referring to climate change here, the following goosebump-inducing words written decades ago are eerily haunting in their applicability to this most urgent environmental issue of our time:
“We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in Robert Frost's familiar poem, they are not equally fair. The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road — the one less traveled by — offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth.” ~Rachel Carson, Silent Spring
Timeless words, indeed.

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