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An autobiography of rachel carson an american writer


An angry, wild-eyed man toting a machine gun, perhaps? Or do you look back in history to see someone like George Washington or Paul Revere? How about the environmentalist and writer Rachel Carson?

  1. She was always aware of the impact that humans had on the natural world. The Sea Around Us 1951 became a national best seller , won a National Book Award , and was eventually translated into 30 languages.
  2. In Silent Spring 1962 she challenged the practices of agricultural scientists and the government and called for a change in the way humankind viewed the natural world. They ran ads telling Americans to ignore Silent Spring.
  3. Congress also formed an investigation committee. But we still use many potentially deadly chemicals.

She may not look the part, but Rachel Carson was a true revolutionary. Her work as a writer and scientist stirred people up and helped launch a new age of environmental awareness in the United States. In 1962, Carson published Silent Spring, her fourth book on nature. It had an almost fairy-tale beginning: Sickness and death appeared everywhere: The few birds seen anywhere.

Rachel Carson

It was a spring without voices. On the mornings that had once throbbed with the dawn chorus of. They should not called "insecticides" [insect killers] but biocides [life killers]. It caused such an uproar that a New York Times headline declared: Chemical manufacturers were furious with Carson. They ran ads telling Americans to ignore Silent Spring.

But Americans did worry. The White House and the Congress were flooded with letters from anxious citizens demanding that something be done.

Congress also formed an investigation committee. The soft-spoken Carson would rather have spent her days on the rocky coast of Maine, where she did much of her research as a "marine biologist" scientist who studies sea life.

Rachel Carson

But the storm of debate surrounding her book and its critics pulled her into the limelight. Coming to Terms with Nature In defending her research, Carson told Americans to think for themselves. Who had the most to win or lose if she turned out to be correct?

What kind of world do we want to leave our children? But back in 1962, few people were familiar with such terms as pollution and ecology and environmental awareness.

Humans did what was convenient for them.

Rachel Carson: Environmentalist and Writer

Nature to most people was something that just took care of itself. So did other government studies. Armed with such new data and the public outcry, Congress began passing laws to ban or control the use of potentially dangerous pesticides.

Rachel Carson did not live to see all of this happen. She died of cancer in 1964. Can we avoid the "silent spring" that Carson predicted? In the 31 years since Silent Spring first appeared, people have grown far more aware of our impact on the environment.

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But we still use many potentially deadly chemicals. A 1993 New York Times article says that "68 pesticide ingredients [not in use] have been determined to cause cancer.

One out of every 10 community drinking-water wells contains pesticides. Farmers exposed to "herbicides" [weed killers] have a six times greater risk than others of contracting certain cancers.

Children in homes using pesticides are seven time as likely to develop childhood leukemia [a form of cancer].