rachel-carson

The stillness of a winter sunrise is a moment to cherish at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Maine. Established in 1966, the refuge protects salt marshes and estuaries important for migrating birds. Stretching from the coast to inland forests, the refuge offers amazing views and wildlife watching on five excellent trails. Photo by Ward Feurt, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Celebrating progressive people of science! Sally Ride, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Rachel Carson. From the Portraits art book, now on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/davewachter/portraits-an-artbook-of-inspirational-progressives
Sally Ride: Physicist and astronaut, became the first American woman in space in 1983 on-board the space shuttle Challenger.
Neil deGrasse Tyson: Astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and media personality, presenting shows such as NOVA, COSMOS, and his podcast StarTalk.
Rachel Carson: Marine biologist, author, and conservationist. Her writings, especially her book Silent Spring, which exposed the dangers of pesticides, helped usher in the environmental movement.

Only within the 20th Century has biological thought been focused on ecology, or the relation of the living creature to its environment. Awareness of ecological relationships is - or should be - the basis of modern conservation programs, for it is useless to attempt to preserve a living species unless the kind of land or water it requires is also preserved. So delicately interwoven are the relationships that when we disturb one thread of the community fabric we alter it all - perhaps almost imperceptibly, perhaps so drastically that destruction follows.
—  Rachel Carson, “Biological Sciences”, from Lost Woods, p. 167

“Only within the 20th Century has biological thought been focused on ecology, or the relation of the living creature to its environment. Awareness of ecological relationships is — or should be — the basis of modern conservation programs, for it is useless to attempt to preserve a living species unless the kind of land or water it requires is also preserved. So delicately interwoven are the relationships that when we disturb one thread of the community fabric we alter it all — perhaps almost imperceptibly, perhaps so drastically that destruction follows.“

Essay on the Biological Sciences, in: Good Reading (1958)”
― Rachel Carson