VIDEO. The life of Rachel Carson, American marine biologist and environmentalist

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This is the story of Rachel Carson, one of the most important figures in the ecological fight. She was born on May 27, 1907 in Springdale, Pennsylvania. In this small American town overlooking a river, she discovers and becomes passionate about the natural world. She decides that she wants to become a marine biologist.

During the 1930s, she wrote for various publications. At 34, she published her first book, “The Life of the Ocean”. In 1944, one of his articles was refused by Reader's Digest: it dealt with the impact of DDT, which in 1939 became the first pesticide used in mass. At 44, she published a second book: “The Sea that surrounds us”. The culmination of his research and expeditions in the 1940s, the book was acclaimed: it won the prestigious National Book Award in the documentary category and remained 32 weeks in the New York Times bestseller ranking. In 1951, she resigned from the US Fish and Wildlife Service to devote herself entirely to writing. At 48, she publishes “Where the sea ends”, the third part of her ocean trilogy.

During the 1950s, she became a fervent critic of the misuse of pesticides. At 55, she publishes her most important work: “Silent Spring”, a bestseller documenting the catastrophic impact of pesticides on nature and man.

In June 1963, she testified before the Senate asking to limit the use of pesticides. On April 14, 1964, at the age of 58, Rachel Carson died of breast cancer.


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