I wasn't going to post anything today, but when I came to the computer and Google reminded me that it was a day to celebrate someone who has influenced me since the 1960's I had to put my two cents in. That person was Rachel Carson. Rachel wrote a book entitled "Silent Spring" in 1964. I read the book and it was the first time I had heard the word ecology. I hadn't paid much attention to things affecting our natural world until then. She literally woke up the world....and made people think about the beauty around them and what was happening even in our own backyards.She was responsible for studies on water pollution, pesticides, recycling etc. Her studies were responsible for the banning of some pesticides...including DDT. Many people were finding out that the beautiful song birds were dying from the spraying of DDT from planes. Streams, rivers and ponds were affected by overhead spraying.Pollution....what a powerful word. Her book made us mindful of pollution in our cities, states and country. I owe her a debt of gratitude for becoming the person that I am today. My love of nature and trying to do my part to take care of our precious earth is to her credit. Her "Silent Spring" is a book to reread again and again.
What a treasure she was and still is.