Have you ever heard about this groundbreaking novel, the Silent Spring?
It was a triggering cause of the prospering of environmental sciences in mid-1950. In that period, agricultures were enjoying dramatic advents of pesticides. Farmers literally wiped out their nemesis, insects and any pests.
Organic chemistry had invented a series of pesticides which successfully increased productivity of the farming and related agricultural industries. As a result, pesticide usage was used from the Atlantic coastline to another side of the large continent without appropriate regulations.
Ten years or so later, many American scientists began to observe declining trends in bird populations. In each spring, songs of those harbingering birds were more difficult to come by. It would be a scary moment of natural changes without chirpings from those small flying creatures, dont you think?
Why and how these events were inter-related?
Many of those exploited pesticides in agricultural areas were not only killing the pests, the leftover of them ran off into natural waterways, creeks and rivers. Subsequently, these chemical runoffs were taken up into fish in those streams. Birds were predatory animals subsisting on fish in the waters. From this food chain, birds, a predator in the food chain, continually accumulated these pesticides in their bodies. Many of these pesticides had a strong estrogenic effect. Estrogens are female natural hormones governing reproduction in female in almost all of the creatures in the animal kingdom. In birds, this estrogenic effect caused thinning of their egg shells. Thus, it reduced survival rates of the conceiving chic. Many of predatory birds in the US were almost wiped out to its extinction from that
This was the original thought behind the classic, thought-provoking Silent Spring!
After its publication, it spurred concerns and ensuing laws and their enforcements . This also included the establishment of the US Environmental Protection Agency or the USEPA.
At present, the scary Silent Spring was gone history . And, somehow, people have forgotten and might have learned nothing from it, have they?
I loved the oceans. I liked skin diving . My most favorite place was a quiet beach on Similan Islands. I was there 4 times long before it became a sought-after place for tourists. Every time I was there, I wore a snorkel and swam into the reachable depth of the maritime beauty Its just serene, charming and indescribable beautiful. Each dive, it might last from the end of a breakfast to a very late lunch . I just had lots of fun and appreciation in the nature and its silent, Similan-green charms I even had a close encounter with a group of sea turtles They just floatingly flew into the corals and lingered around until they flew away I wished I could talk to them . It would be nice, wouldnt it?
Yesterday, a new issue (April 2007) of one of my favorite magazines, the National Geographic, was delivered to my mailbox. This issue was primarily dedicated to one major theme, the dying oceans.
There might be too many people on this blue planet, I think .
They, the people of men, were hungry and consumed everything to boost and thrive their species . With our current technology and the current magnitude of overt hunger, overfishing was another way we, humans, were destroying our own planet into a stage of a total calamity. It was estimated that there was only 10% of fish populations left compared to where it was 40 years ago!!
The entire oceans were forced into a total annihilation by a single land-dwelling species, Homo sapiens sapiens. Similar to the historic Silent Spring, this cold-blooded eradication was driven by reckless greed from all of us exploiting our own resources like a locust.
It would not only be a Silent Spring, but, for this time, it would be even worst; motionless, silent seas.
After this, will we live sustainably in this dead planet? Or will we have to practice cannibalism, again?
================================= Note: My life has been intertwined with works and many others. New responsibility has emerged, resulting less and less time for my ordinary life. Although, a love to write is still intact... But having less time is related to having less imagination.... Therefore, I could not come up with new writings for quite some times.
It might be a good time for me to leave this forum for moment.... Please take it as Mr. A.T. is having a sabbactatical leave or something like that....
As noted above, my love to write is still the same... and will not be changed. Sometimes somehow, I hope I could come back and give some thoughts in this blog once more.
Cheers, Mr. A.T. June 6th, 2008
My pen-name in Pantip is amatuer translator. Actually, I'm a lousy translator with lame translation. My pen-name is somewhat misleading, I have no background in linguistics what-so-ever. Anyway I love to read, write and communicate with people...
Reading is my most favorite hobby. I read everything from shopping bags to articles in theoretical physics. I do research and teaching for my living. So, reading, writing, thinking and doing research works are my everyday routine.
I would like to define myself as a person who is accepting new ideas and adopting those into my way of life.
I believe in power of knowledge/education. I think every society can be a better society with knowledge. Ignorance can be dispelled by it. Humanity can live sustainably and harmoniously with each other along with its biosphere with understandings in the nature surrounding it.
Apart from my philosophical thoughts reflecting who I am, I can tell you something I like or love in particular;
I love dogs.... Particularly, labradore retrievers.... One day, I would like to spend my time and life with them as a big part of my family.
Zhuge Liang is my hero. With his wisdom and faithfulness, he led a tiny army to a mighty and formidable kingdom. He left his humble residence with a hope to come back. But, sadly, he had never returned and died far far away from home in a horse carriage in a battle field. If I could choose where I would, I would say where-ever my lovely wife was nearby.
I value happiness and my family as my first priority. My profession and my philosophy come in the second. Pursuit in wealth has never been in my desire.
I'm glad to be your friend, and look forward to seeing you around krub.