2010-05-06 / Editorial

Could Jamestown have a silent spring?


Clean-up day at Godena Farm. Photo by Andrea von Hohenleiten Clean-up day at Godena Farm. Photo by Andrea von Hohenleiten Rachel Carson’s 1962 book, “Silent Spring,” warned us of the dangers of DDT. Could she have written the same book today?

Pesticides and herbicides threaten the Spring Peepers we hear on Conanicut Island on a warm spring night. Around the world, frogs have been decimated by stresses caused by the innocent introduction of these chemicals into our environment.

Pesticides and herbicides not only harm amphibians, they can also have impacts on other wildlife, our water supply, our environment and ourselves.

What would a spring evening on Conanicut Island be like without the symphony of our Spring Peepers?

This might happen unless we are careful about what we introduce into our environment.

Think about a silent spring the next time you are going to purchase pesticides or herbicides for your property. Read the fine print on the label, and think about the effects these chemicals may have on our wildlife and ourselves.

Let’s not pass a silent spring on to our children or grandchildren.

Chris Powell, on behalf of the Jamestown Conservation Commission. The commission includes Chris Powell, Carol Lynn Trocki, Maureen Coleman, Kate Smith, Patrick Driscoll and Cathy Roheim.

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