With today being Earth Day, I found it appropriate to dedicate a post to an extraordinary woman: Rachel Carson. Author of Silent Spring, Rachel Carson, sparked the environmental movement with her curious mind and internal obligation to have a voice for those who didn’t have one. Carson understood the interconnectedness of the world which fueled her perseverance in revealing the harm of pesticide use. It took four years for Carson to complete the book as she was meticulous with detail and suffered from illness After Silent Spring took America by storm, it ignited an uproar among the male dominated pesticide industry and scientific community; however, she maintained composure even under the heavy scrutiny. Rachel Carson is truly an inspiration and has impacted the way I want to serve the public. This woman was and continues to be a force to be reckoned with.
The best way to capture her eloquence is through excerpts from Silent Spring. From each one, we can take out important lessons applicable to any career field.
“For the first time in the history of the world, every human being is now subjected to contact with dangerous chemicals, from the moment of conception until death.”
Lesson: Face the reality of the given situation. Do the disadvantages outweigh the advantages? Analyze.
“Have we fallen into a mesmerized state that makes us accept as inevitable that which is inferior or detrimental, as though having lost the will or vision to demand which is good?”
Lesson: Take a break and self-reflect. Hold yourself accountable.
“The present must decide whether it wishes to continue on the present road, and it can do so only when in full possession of the facts.”
Lesson: Take time to gain insight into the given situation before acting. Only then can you make a smart decision.
“The whole problem of pesticide poisoning is enormously complicated by the fact that a human being, unlike a laboratory animal living under controlled conditions, is never exposed to one chemical alone.”
Lesson: Determine the best way for you to be in control of the homeostasis of your life.
“If we divert to constructive research even a small fraction of the money spent each year on the development of every more toxic sprays, we could find ways to use less dangerous materials and to keep poisons out of our waterways. When will the public become sufficiently aware of the facts to demand such action?”
Lesson: Time management is vital; use your time efficiently. Don’t let your judgment or actions be clouded by ulterior motives.
This comic strip perfectly portrays the influence Rachel Carson had on society. Not only was she an author and environmentalist, Carson was a role model. One can only hope to exude even an ounce of her dedication, inquisitiveness, or courage. I still have yet to come to terms with the magnitude of her influence on the world we live in today… and I don’t think I ever will.
Shannen Keene is a junior from Ellettsville, IN pursuing a degree in Community Health. Bloomington has taught her the value of diversity, culture, and good food. After graduation, she hopes to serve for AmeriCorps and explore career options in environmental health. Until then, her days will be filled with eating ice cream and watching Scandal.
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