Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson

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By: Ms. K

Our Sophisticated Diva is Rachel Carson. Rachel Louise Carson was born May 27, 1907 in Springdale, Pennsylvania. Carson was a writer, scientist, and ecologist. 

Carson began her career as a aquatic biologist at the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries. She wrote a  sea trilogy that explores the whole ocean life from the shores of the depths. The three books include “The Sea Around Us”  which won her a National Book Award, “The Edge of the Sea”, and “Under the Sea World”.

Carson was concerned about the chemical pesticides used after World War II. She wanted to warn the public from the long term effects of misusing pesticides. She then wrote Silent Spring (1962) she challenged the practices of agricultural scientists and the government. She wanted change humankind viewed the natural world.

Carson was attacked by the chemical industry and some in government as an alarmist, but courageously spoke out to remind us that we are a vulnerable part of the natural world subject to the same damage as the rest of the ecosystem. Testifying before Congress in 1963, Carson called for new policies to protect human health and the environment. Rachel Carson died in 1964 after a long battle against breast cancer. Her witness for the beauty and integrity of life continues to inspire new generations to protect the living world and all its creatures. (information gathered from: http://www.rachelcarson.org/Biography.aspx#.U1c_19wSu0s)

 

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