THE ARROGANCE OF HUMANKIND, IN RETROSPECT, IS OFTEN DUMBFOUNDING
I recently saw a documentary about Rachel Carson and her uncovering of the destructive use and impact of DDT. The story is told through the life of Ms. Carson, who publicly took the use of this toxic pesticide to task. The very beginning of this documentary is filled with important historical information about the use of DDT before it was banned in 1972. If you don’t have the time to watch the entire 2 hours, the first half hour alone is very informative.
The presentation of this information gives a window into the mindset behind the decision to use DDT. The documentary exposes the thinking involved in the use of DDT, and is helpful in having a better insight as to why something so very toxic to our environment was widely implemented. There are seemingly practical reasons that directed the use of DDT. Unfortunately, decisions are often made out of fear, arrogance and greed, and the impact from these decisions, in this particular case, are profound. The harmful use of DDT is experienced to this day. Travesties against nature are often rationalized and given the go ahead under the guise of science.
The documentary about Rachel Carson (author of Silent Spring, 1962) is a PBS presentation on An American Experience. Thanks to YouTube for the link.
Is DDT still being used on any level? As I said earlier in this post, DDT was banned in 1972. From what I have read the answer is still no, but DDT is very much present in our environment. The poisonous, decades long impact of DDT is well documented.
My hope is that people who read this post will take the time to watch all, or part of this film about Rachel Carson and her contribution to our world.