“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.” —Rachel Carson
Rachel Carson (1907 – 1964) was a marine biologist, ecologist, and writer, whose work focused on the interconnectedness of nature. Her most famous book, Silent Spring, which she urgently worked to finish in the last years of her life, became a wake-up call to the American public about the dangers of chemical pesticides and fertilizers, which were widely thought to be safe for humans and the greater environment. Although her book was met with fierce opposition by the chemical companies, it caused the government to research her claims and reverse national policy on pesticides, banning certain harmful chemicals. Her work inspired the beginnings of the The US Environmental Protection Agency, and Rachel Carson is remembered as an important scientific and social revolutionary, who helped preserve the environment for future generations.
Here is an excellent PBS documentary on her life and legacy, if you would like to learn more.