The Contribution of Rachel Carson.

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For many decades insects were and still are considered enemies mainly for farmers. In the early 1900's there was a woman biologist who devoted her entire life to saving nature. Her name was Rachel Carson and she changed the whole idea of what people thought was the right solution for getting rid of insects. At that time, scientists discovered pesticides that would kill the insects and end the war between farmers and insects that attacked their crops. Rachel Carson introduced her point of view from her scientific research to the public through her book titled Silent Spring, which is about humans destroying the entire earth and all the living things including humans themselves instead of supporting life.

As Rachel Carson was a little girl, she already knew that she wanted to be a recognized writer when she grows up. She wrote her first work by the age of ten. She also was interested in nature.

(PBS) Rachel was introduced to nature by her mother and it became her religion. She was fascinated with it and she believed in herself as she believed in nature. This was the biggest thing that motivated her life and helped her define her own beliefs and her inner self being.

During her scientific research, Carson discovered that people were misusing pesticides to kill insects that caused much damage. She became aware of the harm that people were doing to earth and all the living things. Some scientists came up with powerful chemicals that would kill insects effectively. One of them was called DDT. "Their pesticides effectiveness in controlling insects was unchallenged, but many scientists and ecologists became increasingly concerned about the indiscriminate use of the chemicals, whose poisons affected not only pests but also many other life forms, including humans." (Carson "Elixirs," 8)...