Rachel Carson's Sense of Wonder On this day in 1907 Rachel Carson was born in Springdale, Pennsylvania. Her homestead is now a museum and educational center, though it includes only one of the sixty-five acres upon which Carson learned the life-lesson that she would teach the world: "The lasting pleasures of contact with the natural world are not reserved for scientists but are available to anyone who will place himself under the influence of earth, sea, and sky, and their amazing life."
Rachel Carson: A Scientist Alerts the Public to the Hazards of Pesticides An overview of Carson's campaign to bring the problem of pesticides to national attention. Discusses the publication of Silent Spring and its selection by the Book-of-the-Month Club, and the resulting protest from the chemical manufacturing industry. With supplementary materials including an event timeline, a summary of Silent Spring, and excerpts for selected letters. This website is published by the Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science at Case Western Reserve University.
RachelCarson.org "A website devoted to the life and legacy of Rachel Carson." Offers a biography, bibliography, and links, including resources for students and teachers.
"Carson was attacked by the chemical industry and some in government as an alarmist, but courageously spoke out to remind us that we are a vulnerable part of the natural world subject to the same damage as the rest of the ecosystem. ... Her witness for the beauty and integrity of life continues to inspire new generations to protect the living world and all its creatures."