Google commemorated Rachel Louise Carson’s 107th Birthday with the above doodle. She was born on this day (27th May 1907). Rachel Louise Carson is one of my favourite heroines.
Rachel Louise Carson, a writer and scientist was born 27th May 1907 in Springdale, Pennsylvania, America. Rachel parents Robert, whose own parents came from Ireland and Maria Carson settled on a smallholding on the western edge of the rural, river town in 1900. It was in the fields and surrounding wetlands of Springdale that Maria, Rachel’s Mother shared her love of nature with Rachel. Maria also encouraged her daughter to write and when Rachel was ten years old she had her first essay published in the children’s section of St. Nicholas Magazine. Rachel Carson spent most of her professional life as a marine biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Her first three books, (Under the Sea-wind 1941, The Sea Around Us 1952, The Edge of the Sea 1955) the sea trilogies established her reputation as a writer but she is remembered for her book “Silent Spring” in which she expresses her concern with the indiscriminate use of DDT. It was Carson’s ability as a writer and meticulous scientific researcher, which allowed her to take on the chemical industry in America and who ultimately changed the way we, view our relationship with nature.
While Rachel Carson was researching and writing Silent Spring she developed breast cancer of which she died from 14th April 1964. (50th Anniversary just gone last month). Rachel Carson’s legacy is reflected in the establishment of the Environmental Protect Agency (EPA) and the ban on the use of DDT in 1972. Al Gore of “An Inconvenient Truth” fame states that Rachel Carson greatly influenced him in present day environmental issues and that without her book, Silent Spring “the environmental movement might have been long delayed or never have developed at all” (Gore 1994). More importantly Rachel Carson reminded us that we are a part of the natural world and as such are subject to the same damage as the rest of the ecosystem.
I recommend her books to every human being.
But one especially is; – “The Sense of Wonder”
“A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood. If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantment of later year…the alienation from the sources of our strength.” Rachel Louise Carson.
Rachel Louise Carson, reminds us no matter, rain, sleet, snow, thunder, go outside, get dirty and do things for fun.