Rachel Carson wrote a letter to the editor that was published by the Washington Post in 1953 that can eerily be compared to environmental sentiments today… 1953!!! The best excerpt:
“It is one of the ironies of our times that, while concentrating on the defense of our country, against enemies from without, we should be so heedless of those who would destroy it from within.”
That phrase is equally, if not more, relevant in our political climate today. May 27, 2007 is Rachel Carson Day. She is an environmental icon, and most well known for her publication of Silent Spring in 1962. The mass media reacted in a variety of ways to her landmark book about consumption and toxins in our environment. Some media outlets hailed Carson as a heroine, others as a villian of modern progress, chemical companies were outraged.