Rachel Carson was a marine biologist and gifted writer. She would become one of America's pioneering environmentalists. At the outset of her seminal book Silent Spring, Carson imagined a “strange stillness” where birds were void from the landscape. The composition features a young Carson with a vivacious, and seemingly grateful, American Robin.
Rachel Carson was an American marine biologist and conservationist whose gift for writing focused unprecedented public awareness on environmental issues. Her books and publications, especially Silent Spring (1962), shined a spotlight on the public health and ecological dangers of pesticides. This increased awareness led to the ban on DDT and eventually the establishment of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
In many places the American Robin is considered a symbol for the arrival of spring. In Silent Spring, Carson cites a case study where dying robins on the campus of Michigan State University were linked to the DDT spraying of elm trees. At the outset of Silent Spring, Carson weaves her famous A Fable for Tomorrow in which she imagines a “strange stillness” where birds were void from the landscape. The composition features a young Carson with a vivacious, and seemingly grateful, American Robin.
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