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Rachel Carson, the author of "Obligation to Endure," claims that man isdestroying the earth by science, specifically by the use of chemicals

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Rachel Carson, the author of "Obligation to Endure," claims that man is destroying the earth by science, specifically by the use of chemicals. Throughout Carson's essay, she points out "man's war against nature" (458); by using chemicals on, for example, crops to produce better agriculture, man has too much power and control over nature. Carson begins her claim by offering statements about how man has and is destroying the environment. She accuses man of "poisoning" nature through the use of chemicals. The chemicals are harmful, Carson says, "and pass mysteriously by underground streams until they emerge and, through the alchemy of air and sunlight, combine into new forms that kill vegetation, sicken cattle, and work unknown harm on those who drink from once pure wells" (457). ...read more.

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Carson believes that as man tries to eliminate unwanted insects and weeds, however he is actually causing more problems by polluting the environment with, for example, DDT and harming living things. Carson adds that the "intensification of agriculture" is causing other major problems, like newly developed or created insects and diseases. She warns that man makes it impossible for nature to protect itself. Carson states, "Single- crop farming does not take advantage of the principle by which nature works; it is agriculture as an engineer might conceive it to be. ...read more.

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Instead, man continues to "buy time" and train specialists to do research and work that we do not use. Carson blames everyone for allowing man to have the power and control over the environment. She says that we "tolerate a diet of week poison" (461). Carson concludes by arguing that the chemicals used on "soil, water, wildlife, and himself" should be banned. She wishes the public would not accept the excuses man gives for his destruction and put "an end to [his] false assurances" (462). However, Carson fears that nothing will be done in the future to stop this problem because of our ignorance about the facts. Until then, Carson feels that man will ignore the problem as if it does not exist. ...read more.

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