Most of us would acknowledge that the modern environmental movement began with the publication in 1962 of Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring." Carson's "ability to combine scientific ideas and beautiful prose" (Larry Nielson)reminds us that the seeds of the movement were planted 164 years earlier in the poetry of Wordsworth's and Coleridge's "Lyrical Ballads." The Romantics and the Transcendentalists of the 19th century established, through their art as well as their fascination with science, a new way of being in nature. Their vision and their art are worth revisiting as a means of inspiring our own way of being in nature in a rapidly changing environment.
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