“Conservation is a cause that has no end. There is no point at which we will say ‘our work is finished’” (Rachel Carson, A10). This stands today, as people rush to preserve land and get garbage out of the ocean. Rachel Carson brought to light the effect of pesticides, more specifically, DDT. This was not just because she presented facts, but that she presented them in a way that everyone could understand them, in a book called Silent Springs. Rachel Carson was a main contributor too creating ecological awareness.
Rachel Carson grew up on a 65 acre farm close to the Allegheny river (B1). She loved animals, and dreamed of seeing the ocean, but her goal was to be a writer. This was partly because at 10, a story she wrote was published in ‘St. Nicholas’, a magazine that published children’s work sent in by them. The magazine would even pay the children a little money, but it was seeing her story in the magazine that ...view middle of the document...
A year later she got promoted to junior aquatic biologist (B5). She continued to write, mostly submitting articles to papers like the Baltimore Sun, but later started to work on a book, and Under the Sea Wind was published in 1941 (B4,B6). Ten years later, she published The Sea Around Us, which was enormously successful, and consistently on the New York Time’s best-seller list for eighty-one weeks. A year later, she was finically secure enough to resign from her job and focus on writing (B6). Her next book was The Edge of the Sea, a marine guidebook published in 1956 (A3). Six years later she would spark a conservation movement with a deeply controversial book called Silent Springs.
“The book that her efforts resulted in was about the spraying and what it did to the birds and other creatures. But that does not begin to describe its scope or account for its impact. One might just as well say that Darwin wrote about turtles and the Pacific island were they were found” (Esquire qtd. C8). Silent Springs started from curiosity. In 1957, Rachel Carson received a letter from a friend that suggesting that pesticides were killing local birds (A). She investigated the claim, and was shocked to find out how big the effect of pesticides, mainly DDT, was. Along with the insects it was suppose to kill, it also left thousands of dead rabbits, birds, muskrats, squirrels, and an astounding ninety percent of farm cats (A6). After years of research, she published Silent Springs. The reaction was widespread, both negative and positive. Chemical giant tried to sue her and her publisher, and when this failed, they launched a $250,000 publicity campaign to discredit both her and her science (E4). On a positive side, her book motivated an official investigation by the government, which concluded that she was correct, and eventually DDT was banned, even though it took ten years.
Rachel Carson continues to be present in an ecological viewpoint, as the need for conservation spreads, and the population grows. Partly thanks to her book Silent Springs, conservation efforts spread also. She will be remembered for her contribution to the world