Hello! My name is Rachel Louise Carson and I am an American marine biologist, author, and conservationist.
I wrote a book called Silent Spring that warned of the dangers to all natural systems from the misuse of chemical pesticides such as DDT, and questioned the scope and direction of modern science, which initiated the contemporary environmental movement.
I was born in Springdale, Pennsylvania, upstream from the industrial behemoth of Pittsburgh, where I became a marine scientist working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Washington, DC, primarily as a writer and editor.
I wrote about geologic discoveries from submarine technology and underwater research -- of how islands were formed, how currents change and merge, how temperature affects sea life, and how erosion impacts not just shore lines but salinity, fish populations, and tiny micro-organisms.
Unfortunately, I was attacked by the chemical industry and some in government as an alarmist, but I chose to speak out to remind people that we are a vulnerable part of the natural world subject to the same damage as the rest of the ecosystem. Testifying before Congress in 1963, I called for new policies to protect human health and the environment.
Rachel Carson died in 1964 after a long battle against breast cancer. Her witness for the beauty and integrity of life continues to inspire new generations to protect the living world and all its creatures.