Rachel Carson. Author and Environmentalist by Charnan Simon

By Charnan Simon

Introduces the existence and accomplishments of famous writer and environmentalist, Rachel Carson.

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Rachel Carson earned a master’s degree in zoology. civil service (SIV-il SUR-viss) Civil service refers to work done for government departments. Miss Skinker helped Rachel Carson study for the civil service exam. pesticides (PESS-tuh-sides) Pesticides are chemicals used to kill insects or other pests. Silent Spring alerted people to the dangers of pesticides. diabetes (dye-uh-BEE-teez) Diabetes is a serious disease in which the body does not produce enough of a hormone called insulin. Rachel Carson’s sister suffered from diabetes.

Rachel Carson’s greatest joy was to learn about and honor our natural world. As she said, “The pleasures, the values of contact with the natural world are not reserved for the scientists. ” 28 Time LINE 1934 1907 Rachel Louise Carson is born on May 27 in Springdale, Pennsylvania. 1917 Carson has her first story published in St. Nicholas magazine. 1925 Carson goes to Pennsylvania College for Women in Pittsburgh. 1929 Carson graduates from college and spends the summer studying in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

She was only 56 years old. Carson died too young, but her legacy lives on. Through her books, she has taught people to look at nature with new eyes. She reminds us that humans aren’t separate from the natural world, but a part of it—and that we have tremendous power to help or to harm Earth’s ecosystems. Carson is often called the founder of the environmental movement, for her fight to save the natural world. But the battle isn’t finished. DDT has been banned in the United States, but it is still used in other parts of the world.

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