Trusted Voice of Science
Born in Springdale, PA, on May 27, 1907, Carson grew up on a 65-acre farm. She became enthralled with animals and writing stories, and her first story was published in a magazine when she was only ten years old. Going on to initially major in English with the goal of becoming a writer, Carson eventually switched her major to biology, and completed a fellowship at the U.S. Marine Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA. She completed her graduate degree in zoology at John Hopkins University in Baltimore in 1929.
Publications and Impacts: Rachael Carson was right!
Quotes by Rachel Carson
- “There is no drop of water in the ocean that does not know and respond to the mysterious forces that create the tide.”
- “The question is whether any civilization can wage relentless war on life without destroying itself, and without losing the right to be called civilized.”
- “The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.”
- “Those who dwell among the beauties and the mysteries of the Earth are never alone.”
Rachel Carson Here and Now
How do we take what Rachel Carson brought to light and use it today? Our own City of Kenmore is developing a Climate Action Plan (CAP). The CAP will establish actions the city and community can take to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and will propose strategies that increase Kenmore’s ability to adapt to upcoming climate impacts: including water, air, forest, and habitat restoration. The City is working with Cascadia Consulting Group to complete the CAP in mid-2022.
Kenmore CAP: City of Kenmore website. Retrieved 2Apr22.
Books by Rachel Carson
Under the Sea Wind (1941): Portrays the special mystery and beauty of the sea in this seamless series of riveting adventures along the Atlantic shore.
The Sea Around Us (1951): Winner of the 1952 National Book Award, tells the story of the seas; how they were born, how life emerged from them, and the fascinating marine world within them.
The Edge of the Sea (1955): Describes the animals and birds that live beside the sea. Much of the information for the book was gathered from the Maine Coast near Rachel Carson’s home.
Silent Spring (1962): Provides some of the first public evidence of how pesticides, used without proper control or knowledge, were poisoning our environment.
Title image: Rachel Carson and Bob Hines researching off the Atlantic coast in 1952. image: commons.wikipedia.org