“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”
Rachel Carson (1907-64)
Rachel Louise Carson was a force of nature. Her work as a biologist and writer helped to preserve Mother Nature’s great Earth in the 1940s and 50s. In 1936, she started what would become a fifteen year career working for the U.S. Fisheries and Wildlife Services. In her spare time, she published a series of books (Under the Sea-Wind, The Sea Around Us, and The Edge of the Sea) that became wildly popular for inviting people to enjoy learning about our fascinating oceans.
But in 1962, this changed when her new book, Silent Spring warned the public about the harmful use and production of products that threatened our human safety and environmental efficacy. Although Rachel was vilified by government scientists and pesticide companies, she courageously testified before Congress in 1963 despite her own health challenges battling cancer. Rachel passed away a year later but her seminal work highlighted the need for advocacy and regulations that eventually resulted in the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).