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Rachel Carson

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Many people have helped planet Earth. There have been many environmentalists throughout history, each one contributing in their own unique way. For example, John Audubon painted beautiful pictures of most birds and mammals that exist (Strong 14). This helped greatly in the areas of animal identification. Erin Brockovich helped uncover the illegal dumping of chemicals in California. By doing this, she saved many people from cancer and other illnesses (Strong 13). Alan Chadwick introduced the French biodynamic systems of food and flower production to America. He helped start many new farms and gardens with his innovation (Strong 20). All of these environmentalists are important. They all helped the world, but not on such a massive scale as Rachel Carson did. She affected the entire world. Rachel Carson, a twentieth century American author and scientist, prevented a potential global catastrophe by devoting her life to fighting against pollution. People with expertise in the area of environmentalism know exactly who Rachel Carson is. However, she may not be as well-known to the average person. Rachel Carson was born on a farm close to Springdale, Pennsylvania, on May 27, 1907. Her father was named Robert, and her mother was named Maria. After winning a writing contest at age ten, Rachel knew writing would be her forte. Throughout her high school years, her teachers encouraged her to become an author. She went on to college, where she majored in English. During her second year at Pennsylvania College for Women, Rachel took a biology course. It absolutely enchanted her, especially the area of marine biology. She liked it so much that she switched her major to science. When asked about the drastic change in her education, Rachel stated, "Biology has given me something to write about. I will try in my writing to make animal in the woods or waters as alive to others as they are to me." ...read more.

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3. It definitely got the attention of Olga Owens Huckins, Carson's friend. Massachusetts had ordered a large scale aerial spraying of DDT in order to kill mosquitoes. Several of the birds in her private sanctuary were killed by the DDT. She was naturally very angry, so she wrote a letter critical of the pest control program to the Boston Herald: The "harmless" shower bath killed seven of our lovely songbirds outright. We picked up three dead bodies the next morning right by the door...The next day three were scattered around the bird bath. (I had emptied it and scrubbed it after the spraying but YOU CAN NEVER KILL DDT.) On the following day one robin dropped suddenly from a branch in our woods. We were too heartsick to hunt for other corpses. All of these birds died horribly, and in the same way, Their bills were gaping open, and their splayed claws were drawn up to their breasts in agony." Several other animals were killed by the spraying in Massachusetts. Carson had already sent an article to Reader's Digest, hoping they would address the issue. They ignored her. Huckins sent a copy of her letter to Carson, hoping to get results (Graham 149). This was exactly what was needed. Carson was on the case. She launched a broad search for evidence on the effects of pesticides. The more she learned, the more she realized that everything she held dear was being threatened (Brooks 233). Carson decided to write about her findings. Several magazines rejected her work. However, she did not give up. "The more I learned about pesticides, the more appalled I became," Carson later recalled. "I realized that here was the material for a book." Eventually, she did in fact turn it into a book. She made sure that her book was based on the soundest scientific evidence. She gathered information from every possible source. ...read more.

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The Rachel Carson Council seeks to inform and advise the public about the effects of pesticides that threaten the health, welfare, and survival of living organisms and biological systems. The Council promotes alternative, environmentally benign pest management strategies to encourage healthier, sustainable living. None of this would be possible without Rachel Carson's brave actions (Lakewood). Even though much has been done due to Carson, the fight against chemical pollution is far from over. Large amounts of harmful chemicals are still produced and used around the world. Many of them are even radioactive. There is no solution to these problems as of yet. In fact, the damage being done by poison chemicals today is far worse than it was when Silent Spring was written. Today, there are even problems such as ozone depletion and global warming that have arisen due to pollution. Moreover, many developing countries do not have pollution regulation at all. Even with the United States, the strict regulations often go without being enforced (GPA). Many animals still suffer. The environment is still in trouble. The fight against pollution seems to be an uphill battle. Still, it is a battle that could already be lost without Rachel Carson. In conclusion, Rachel Carson changed the world with Silent Spring. She brought awareness to the people that had otherwise no knowledge or ideas that the products they were using and being exposed to could be harmful to themselves or the environment. She deserves respect from communities across the world for her service to nature and human kind. She made a huge contribution to our planet with the launching of the environmental movement. Without her, the damage could have been more disastrous today. By writing about the sea, Carson showed the interdependence of all things in nature, including humans. Silent Spring helped to launch a new environmental awareness. Carson showed how the future is affected by actions that are taken today. 7. ...read more.

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