Rachel Carson was born on this day in 1907, just a few months after my grandmother was born. Now that I think about it, they had quite a bit in common. Both women were born and raised in rural Pennsylvania and both had a passion for nature.
Rachel Carson studied marine biology and became a prolific nature writer. She was an important voice for conservation and environmental protection, particularly through her book, Silent Spring. This and her many other books eventually led to a nationwide ban on DDT and other pesticides. Her work with grassroots environmental advocates led to the creation of the EPA.
I think she was among the great heros of the 20th century.
And so was my grandmother…to me anyway