Illustrating the complexity of environmental challenges, this 12-minute video shows students the early rise of the environmental movement and how Americans began to rethink how their actions might damage the world around them.
In 1962, the publication of “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson set the stage for the environmental movement. Carson’s carefully researched book exposed the hazards of the pesticide D.D.T. and raised tough questions about how human behavior might damage the environment. Her work forecast some of the major environmental challenges of the 21st century. The video is useful for clarifying to students why America came to rely on D.D.T., how widely it was used, why it was banned, and how policymakers in the modern era are developing solutions for environmental management that are more congruent with the natural world.