Rachel Carson: scientist, sentimentalist, icon
As populations grow and cities expand, the human footprint on Earth grows ever larger. The natural world inevitably pays the price: forests shrink, lakes die and species disappear. In 1970, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson named April 22 as a day for grassroots demonstrations for environmental protection. His idea has flourished and continues to gain momentum as countries and consumers strive to become more "green." To mark Earth Day, the CBC Digital Archives reflects on the growing awareness of our fragile world and the people who helped shape our environmental consciousness.
• While the book made Rachel Carson enduringly famous, she was a successful author before its publication. Her books The Sea Around Us, The Edge of the Sea and Under the Sea-Wind were all bestsellers in the U.S. • Silent Spring ranks 16th on Discover magazine's list of the best science books of all time. It also rated an honorable mention on a list of the Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries, as compiled by U.S. conservative website humanevents.com, a list that includes Mein Kampf, The Communist Manifesto and The Origin of Species.
Program: The Sunday Edition
Broadcast Date: Jan. 14, 2007
Guest(s): Linda Lear
Interviewer: Michael Enright
Photo: Rachel Carson, from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Last updated: October 1, 2012
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