Jory Binder

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Rachel Louise Carson was an American author and marine biologist who is widely credited with advancing the global environmental movement. In the late 1950s, Carson turned her attention from nature writing to conservation—specifically, towards problems that she believed were linked to synthetic pesticides—and gathered evidence about a looming environmental disaster. The result was the book Silent Spring, which brought environmental concerns to the attention of an unprecedented portion of the American public. Both Carson and her book were met with fierce opposition by agriculture and chemical companies. These companies argued that restrictions placed on pesticides, specifically DDT, caused tens of millions of needless deaths and hampered agriculture. In the face of such criticism, Carson fought back and stood up to those who did not share her values or see things the way she did, urging society to stop and listen to what she was saying.

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