Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson grew up to be one the leading female ecology writers throughout the early 1900’s. She was born 1907 in Pennsylvania, where her mother helped influence her love of nature and the world surrounding her. Later in her life, she attended two colleges, including John Hopkins University, to receive her MA in zoology. After Carson received her degrees, she worked for the government in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service writing articles to help raise awareness about the wildlife surrounding us. As her writing continued, she progressed her work on marine biology, publishing the well-known novel The Sea Around Us in 1952; thus becoming famous as a naturalist writer. Eventually, she put aside her government position continue writing full time.

Rachel progressed in her work, writing several articles that tried to teach people about the beauty of the world. In all her work, she infused her ideas on humans being only one part of nature, distinguished by our ability to change certain aspects of it. The late 1950’s introduced synthetic chemical pesticides which alarmed Carson greatly. She then focused on warning people about the long-term effects of these chemicals, publishing her novel Silent Spring. This novel sparked interest in many because she challenged the ways of agricultural scientists and the government, then pleaded for a change in the way views of the natural world. Because of her distinct views on the subject, she was attacked by the chemical industry. However, she courageously spoke out to remind us that humans are an important part of nature, thus subject to the same dangers as the rest of the ecosystems. At the end of her life, Rachel Carson went before Congress to ask for new policies protecting the environment and human health. Then in 1964, she passed away after a long battle against breast cancer. Even today, her love for nature and human life continues to inspire generations to protect the world we all share.

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