Great Conservationists: 2. Rachel Carson

Drawing of Rachel Carson

Drawing of Rachel CarsonRachel Carson (May 27, 1907 – April 14, 1964)

Was an American marine biologists and conservationist, founder of modern environmental conservation and biological sciences. She grew up in  the rural town of Springdale, Pennsylvania where her mother instilled in her a love of nature. Latter attending Pennsylvania college for women and Woods Hole Marine Biologogy Laboritory. Her book Silent Spring 1962 alerted the world to the dangers of chemical fertilisers and pesticides, particularly DDT. Her work demonstrated the link between it’s use to control pests and the rapid decline in song bird numbers.

‘Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts’. Rachel Carson, in ‘The Sense of Wonder’. ― Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

“It is a curious situation that the sea, from which life first arose should now be threatened by the activities of one form of that life. But the sea, though changed in a sinister way, will continue to exist; the threat is rather to life itself.”
― Rachel Carson, The Sea Around Us