"The obligation to endure gives us the right to know." -- Rachel Carson
About Rachel Carson
A marine biologist and writer, Rachel Carson published Silent Spring in 1962. Over 40 years later this bestseller is still regarded as the cornerstone of the modern environmental movement. The book documented the dangers of pesticides and herbicides, showing that the use of toxic chemicals in agriculture has dire consequences for wildlife and for human health. Despite an assault from the chemical industry, Carson prevailed. The book spurred revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land and water. Carson was not a born crusader, but with her passion for truth and concern about health and the environment she became one of history's most important environmental advocates, judged by Time Magazine's millennium survey as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th Century. Sadly, she was only 56 when she died from cancer.