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Happy Birthday Rachel Carson!

May 27th, 2009 by Peggy Farabaugh


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 :)


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