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In 1962 Rachel Carson wrote a book that substantially changed the course of history. The book, which first appeared as a series of articles in the New Yorker, is called ‘Silent spring‘. Less than a year after this environmental classic was published, Rachel Carson testified before a Senate subcommittee on pesticides. She was 56 and dying of breast cancer.
“Our heedless and destructive acts enter into the vast cycles of the earth and in time return to bring hazard to ourselves,” she told the subcommittee.
Taking on some of the largest and most powerful industrial forces in the world would have been a daunting proposition for anyone, let alone a single woman of her generation. But she is attributed with sounding the alarm and raising significant awareness as to the role of economic “progress“ in creating social and environmental problems.
Following her releases, major issues such as the rights of blacks, arms production and the war in Vietnam, led shareholders in the U.S. to pressure the companies involved, such as Eastman Kodak, Dow Chemical and Honeywell.