By Bill Berry
On a December day in 1968, DDT went on trial in Madison, Wisconsin. In Banning DDT: How Citizen Activists in Wisconsin Led the Way, invoice Berry information how the electorate, scientists, journalists, and standard conservationists drew consciousness to the damaging results of “the miracle pesticide” DDT, which was once getting used to manage Dutch elm disease.
Berry tells of the hunters and fishers, bird-watchers, and garden-club girls like Lorrie Otto, who dropped off twenty-eight useless robins on the Bayside village places of work. He tells of college professors and scientists like Joseph Hickey, a professor and researcher within the division of flora and fauna administration in on the college of Wisconsin–Madison, who, years after the very fact, wept concerning the suppression of a few of his early DDT learn. And he tells of activists like Senator Gaylord Nelson and contributors of the state’s voters traditional assets who rallied the cause.
The Madison trial used to be one of many first for the Environmental protection Fund. The nationwide Audubon Society helped safe the greater than $52,000 in donations that offset the environmentalists’ bills linked to the listening to. this present day, almost each connection with the background of DDT mentions the influence of Wisconsin’s battles.
The six-month-long DDT listening to used to be one of many first chapters in citizen activism within the glossy environmental period. Banning DDT is a compelling tale of the way citizen activism, technology, and legislation merged in Wisconsin’s DDT battles to forge a brand new approach to accomplish public coverage. those citizen activists have been inspired by way of the idea that all of us deserve a voice at the future health of the land and water that maintain us.
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