Rachel Louise Carson (May 27, 1907 – April 14, 1964) was an American marine biologist and conservationist whose writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement.
In the late 1950s, Carson turned her attention to conservation and the environmental problems caused by synthetic pesticides.
The result was Silent Spring (1962), which brought environmental concerns to an unprecedented portion of the public.
Silent Spring, while met with fierce denial from chemical companies, spurred a reversal in national pesticide policy...
...leading to a nationwide ban on DDT and other pesticides—and the grassroots environmental movement the book inspired led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Luckily, we stumbled upon the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Wells, Maine and walked its paths.
It was established in 1966 in cooperation with the State of Maine to protect valuable salt marshes and estuaries for migratory birds. Lovely spot.