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Silent Spring Revisited Hardcover – August 1, 2012
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About the Author
Conor Mark Jameson has written for The Guardian, BBC Wildlife, The Ecologist, Africa Geographic, NZ Wilderness, Birdwatch and Birdwatching magazines and has been a scriptwriter for the BBC Natural History Unit. He is a columnist and feature writer for Birds magazine, and has worked in conservation for 20 years, in the UK and abroad. He was born in Uganda to Irish parents, brought up in Scotland, and now lives in England. He lives in a village an hour north of London, with a garden that Google Earth indicates may be reverting to woodland.
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Silent Spring Revisited gave me insights to the environmental history of the United Kingdom that I was totally unaware of and was very surprised to learn just how long it has taken for the UK Governments to start caring for their environment. I lived in England from 1972 until 1989, and had no knowledge of the efforts that environmentalists were putting into protecting the flora and fauna. What a tragedy the oil spills have been along the coastlines!
This book has opened up my eyes and made me even more aware that we as humans need to respect and care for our world.
Reflections of shrinking bird numbers are given from a personal standpoint from observations in his garden and local patch throughout his life but also from a global perspective of oilspills, urban development and neglect of the environment through pesticides. There are morsels of hope throughout the book on rebounding numbers in a few species and the joy at finding once thought disappeared species or the survival and increase of species released into their old stomping grounds and efforts of environmental groups trying to stop the slide to a silent spring.
This is a good read at times disturbing, at times uplifting but at all times a continued warning that if change on a large scale doesn't come soon we could end up with Rachel Carson's prediction of a silent spring.