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No replies.After reading “Silent Spring” and watching the videos on DDT and Art of Persuasion:Carson defined ecology, at its most basic, as the notion that “in nature nothing exists alone” (51). Rather, all of nature’s life forms and processes together constitute “a web of life” shaped by the “intimate and essential relations” between the ecological whole and its many, many parts (64). The “interwoven strands” of this relational web “lead from microbes to man” (69).This assignment presents an opportunity to reflect on her chapter “Silent Spring” which begins her novel and the video on DDT.You are asked to write a letter to persuade someone of your position/interpretation/call to action based on your new knowledge of DDT and having read “Silent Spring.” You may write to anyone, including Rachel Carson. A letter is a way to use honest language and make your writing personal, without wasted space.Things to consider/apply as you write:GENERAL DIRECTIONS:The letter should be a minimum of 1 full page, single spaced, but no more than 2 pages.The letter should be clearly organized, making use of a position statement, topic sentences as neededThe letter should be carefully proofread and free from technical errors in grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc. It is very difficult for a reader to capture the main points of any writing when it is “technically challenged.”The letter should demonstrate writer’s creativity/insight regarding the issue/problem.THREE SECTIONS OF A PERSUASIVE LETTER:Capture reader’s attention/interest (introduction)Provide detail/support for your argument (body)Call for action—advocate a change (conclusion)ATTENTION: Introduction (1 paragraph)Creative opening. Information to attract/keep reader’s attention/interest including an intro to the issue/brief history/necessary background information, etc. Entice the reader to read further.Include a clear position statementEstablish your credibility. Present yourself as someone to be trusted/believed. Who are you? Why should reader trust/believe you? Make it personal: Why is it important to you? Why does it matter? How does it affect you, your family, school, community, any other personal aspect? Why is it an issue to begin with?Any other necessary informationDETAIL: Body (3-5 paragraphs)Details of the letter.Try to make your reader share/understand/listen/accept your strong feelings/logic/reasoning/beliefs.Reasons you will use to convince the reader that your position is worthwhile with relevant supporting information and evidence from your reading and video.If you decide to use statistics or other specifics from outside references, it is not necessary in this instance to formally cite the information; however, a general reference MUST be made to the source. For example, I heard on a recent CBS newscast that ________________________.Anticipate reader’s possible objections/provide refutations of objections.Anticipate reader’s possible questions/provide answers to questions.Any other necessary information.ACTION: Conclusion (1 paragraph)Re-emphasize the specific action(s) expected from the reader—make a verbal “punch.”Why will it be a benefit? Make the sale–seal the deal!How do any negatives outweigh the positives of acting?Request a response and include “aids to action,” Any other necessary informationExample Letter:Dear Ms. Krystal:What if I were writing to tell you that there is a way in which to eradicate insect-borne diseases such as Polio, Malaria, and Dengue Fever, by simply spraying a chemical called Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT)? This chemical is known to kill all bugs and insects, and yet, it is only classified as “moderately toxic” to human health. Imagine a world where mosquitos and flies no longer spread disease because of this wonderful product called DDT. That all sounds great. But what if I told you about a world where bees no longer pollinate flowers, birds fall out of the sky, and fish wash up on beaches? With the use of DDT, these two worlds are the exact same world. That is what makes the use of this chemical so deadly. DDT is banned in the United States. This chemical should also be banned internationally, and severe penalties should be in place for those found using it.DDT was developed to be used as an insecticide to prevent the spread of poliomyelitis in children by killing the insects thought to carry poliomyelitis. In a very short amount of time, its efficacy was proven when flies and mosquitos seemed to fall out of the sky. Not long after that, a crop-dusting campaign began to take shape to prevent other harmful species of insects from destroying crops and orchards that kept people fed. As the chemical began to be spread over the country, its more insidious consequences became apparent. As the flies and mosquitos began to die, so did the spiders, fish, birds, and even the bees. All these species kept dying and began to reduce the beauty in our world.Some may argue that it’s a small price to pay for a world that is safer from disease. This couldn’t be more dishonest if you tried to tell me that the grass is blue and the sky is purple. DDT is a known human carcinogen that, for years, was sprayed en masse throughout the United States with no studies on the long-term effects on both humans and the environment. This dangerous chemical seeped into our water supply with no research on its waterborne half-life, with no research into how it can affect the marine life, and with no regard for the people that simply didn’t want chemicals sprayed over their houses, parks, and National Forests.According to a report released by Healthline in 2018, despite being banned in the 1970s, we continue to find DDT in our ecosystem. We are now able to study the long-term effects of this chemical. While shorter-term studies show a direct correlation between oral ingestion of DDT and liver infections and cancers, it is only recently that we have been able to analyze the impact of DDT on mothers and babies, and the findings are alarming to say the least. While many pesticides have been proven to be relatively benign to human health and development, there is in fact one pesticide that has been proven to directly cause a greater risk in childhood mental disability and autism when the fetus is exposed to it. The name of that pesticide is DDT.Much like the human body, the world relies on homeostasis. Homeostasis is the symbiotic relationship between all of its individual parts, working together to maintain balance. Can we continue to allow other countries to use this chemical to fight insect-borne diseases, knowing that it destroys ecological homeostasis? Can we continue to allow other countries to use this chemical to fight insect-borne diseases when we don’t know of its half-life on the environment? Can we continue to allow other countries to use this chemical to fight insect-borne diseases when we now have links to developmental disabilities? The simple answer to these questions, is that we cannot.We cannot allow other countries to walk down the destructive path that we have walked down, to affect future generations as we have. Rachel Carson first discussed this before she had the data that we now have. She was able to lead the fight to ban DDT in the United States.Now, we must lead the fight to ban DDT internationally. With this letter, I implore to you to join me in this fight.Very Respectfully,