Written in 1962, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring is a book of vision, crucial in making the human society aware of the damages it was inflicting on its planet. It denounced how chemicals were lethal on animals, specially how DDT was killing birds, to the extent that one day we would have a “Silent Spring”. By showing that nature is a cycle, they could become lethal to us too. President J.F. Kennedy created a science advisory committee to investigate the accuracy of her claims, which proved to be correct. Ten years latter, DDT was banned in the US, and many countries followed it. Yet, as DDT is known to be the best repellant against malaria, the struggle continues to find a balance around what is useful for humans but deadly to nature. Carson’s incredible insight created a book which is as true today as it was 50 years ago. If you want to read it, there is an online version!