Today is the birthday of Rachel Carson, the mother of environmentalism

Rachel Carson in 1926, age 19, at the Pennsylvania College for Women, Pittsburgh.

“Why should we tolerate a diet of weak poisons, a home in insipid surroundings, a circle of acquaintances who are not quite our enemies, the noise of motors with just enough relief to prevent insanity? Who would want to live in a world which is just not quite fatal?”

― Rachel Carson (May 27, 1907 – April 14, 1964), from Silent Spring (1962)