Rachel Carson: A Conservation Legacy

photo of Rachel CarsonRachel Carson. credit: USFWS
May 27, 2007 marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Rachel Carson, one of the world’s foremost leaders in conservation. Her work as an educator, scientist and writer revolutionized America’s interest in environmental issues. Whether it was her passion for the oceans and coasts, her inspiration as one of the first female scientists and government leaders, or her overall footprint on the history of conservation, her legacy is certainly one to be honored and celebrated.

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Rachel Carson: Pen Against Poison
March 2007

The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of International Information Programs published "Rachel Carson: Pen Against Poison."

March 2007

Rachel Carson was a quiet woman who stirred extraordinary controversy that persists decades after her death. Her 1962 book Silent Spring brought worldwide attention to the harm to human health and the environment wrought by mishandling of a powerful pesticide, fomenting the environmental movement. In the 100th anniversary year of Carson's birth, this publication examines how occasionally in history a book with a powerful idea can bring about peaceful but dramatic change in a democratic society.    



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Rachel Carson devoted much of her writing to the problem of environmental damage caused by pesticides. Credit: America.gov


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Last updated: February 13, 2013