Rachel Carson was an inspiration to science and an incredibly influential woman, way before her time in writing, biology and protection for our planet. She pledged her life to environmental conservation, which sparked a movement that led to the formation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As a woman in science – a marine biologist living and working in a man’s career – she inspires me like no other scientist.
Rachel Carson was a fisheries biologist for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife, but was perhaps most well known for her incredible nature writings. She authored several books including the infamous Silent Spring , which alerted the American public to the dangers of pesticides and fertilizers leeching into our ground waters, poisoning our fields, animals, and ourselves. Her book was met with opposition from chemical manufacturers, and many fought to hush her attempt at public awareness of these environmental issues. Luckily for us, someone was listening, which is why DDT has now been banned, amongst several other chemical pesticides that were once deemed suitable for human contact.
I won’t delve into the science behind her discoveries, but if you have the chance to pick up Silent Spring and give it your full attention, then take a gander. This book was an eye opener in the 1950s, and is quite a page turner even now as you take a look back at what we did(not) know about what our human impact has on the world around us.