Silent Spring 2

Join us in reading Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring as part of San Diego county’s second annual Common Read.


In 1962, Rachel Carson confronted the chemical industry with the claim that widespread pesticide use endangered both wildlife and humans. The industry fought back spending millions of dollars to discredit her. Revolutionary for its time, Silent Spring remains a pivotal, critical text heralding the beginning of the environmental movement as we know it today.


On its 50th anniversary, the book’s topics of sustainability and the struggle between corporations and conservation continue to resonate with readers.