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Here is a photo of hope (from 1940s, it is her Government Photo, from wikipedia). This was one woman who stood up for what she believed in and really made a difference in this world.

Her name is Rachel Carson (1907-1964). She’s an American biologist who wrote ‘Silent Spring’ and many credit her with launching the global environmental movement. Her book was published in 1962 and especially highlighted the impact that pesticide use (DDT) was having on the environment. She explored the idea of environmental connectedness: many larger animals and humans were devastated by DDT (by both direct contact and the disruption to the food chain).

She definitely caused some waves, to put it mildly.

Time Magazine (1999) wrote:

Carson was violently assailed by threats of lawsuits and derision, including suggestions that this meticulous scientist was a “hysterical woman” unqualified to write such a book. A huge counterattack was organized and led by Monsanto, Velsicol, American Cyanamid – indeed, the whole chemical industry – duly supported by the Agriculture Department as well as the more cautious in the media.

She would have turned 100 this past May 27, so lets celebrate her memory! Stand up for what we believe in even if it is HARD!

I’ll leave you with a couple of her quotes.

“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe around us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.”

“[We are] challenged as mankind has never been challenged before to prove our maturity and our mastery, not of nature, but of ourselves.”

Thanks for reading!

Edith

(who has seeds of inspiration sprouting in her brain and heart)

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