Before Greta Thunberg, This Woman Tried to Save the Planet

On the continued legacy of Rachel Carson

Photograph of Silent Spring author Rachel Carson in 1944.

Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring (1962), brought to the American public’s attention the hazards of pesticide use on the environment. By tackling a smaller part of a larger dilemma, Carson gained both negative and positive attention from scientists, politicians, industry, and the public.

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