Rachel Louise Carson (May 27, 1907 – April 14, 1964) was an American marine biologist, author, and conservationist whose influential book Silent Spring (1962) and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement.
Carson began her career as an aquatic biologist in the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries, and became a full-time nature writer in the 1950s. Her widely praised 1951 bestseller The Sea Around Us won her a U.S. National Book Award, recognition as a gifted writer and financial security. Her next book, The Edge of the Sea, and the reissued version of her first book, Under the Sea Wind, were also bestsellers. This sea trilogy explores the whole of ocean life from the shores to the depths.
Late in the 1950s, Carson turned her attention to conservation, especially some problems she believed were caused by synthetic pesticides. The result was the book Silent Spring (1962), which brought environmental concerns to an unprecedented share of the American people. Although Silent Spring was met with fierce opposition by chemical companies, it spurred a reversal in national pesticide policy, which led to a nationwide ban on DDT and other pesticides. It also inspired a grassroots environmental movement that led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Carson was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Jimmy Carter.
In 1962, science writer Rachel Carson sounded a terrifying alarm. In the wake of World War II, the seemingly boundless power of science usurped all environmental concerns, causing scientific advancement to devolve into environmental degradation. As a result, a new industry of highly damaging and incredibly lucrative manufactured insecticides filled the earth, infecting waterways, soil, crops, animals, and human beings in an interwoven spiral of ecological danger. Amid backlash from government and industry leaders, Carson’s paradigm-shifting work Silent Spring shook readers from complacency and inspired a generation that would (hopefully) fall far from the chemical-ridden tree.
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