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bos2What We Owe to Rachel Carson

Chesapeake Bay Foundation – March 14, 2019
In honor of Women’s History Month, we are looking back at some of the natural world’s greatest heroines. And perhaps there’s no one more deserving of that descriptor than Rachel Carson. Back in 1962—before there was an Earth Day, or EPA, or even a Chesapeake Bay Foundation—marine biologist, writer, and conservationist Rachel Carson wrote Silent Spring. The book that started it all, Spring is credited for launching the environmental movement. In it, Carson investigates the damage that the fast-growing use of DDT to control insects had inflicted on birds and other wildlife, and eventually humans. Despite the initial uproar after the book’s release (“What she wrote started a national quarrel,” said CBS Reports in a one-hour special shortly after the book was published), Carson ultimately changed the way people look at the natural world.  Read full blog post here.

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