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A Naturalist and Scientist, Rachel Carson wrote the book Silent Spring in 1962, which is a major turning point in environmental history. Silent Spring is an in-depth look into the effects of pesticides or what she liked to call “biocides”. Carson said DDT caused not only birth-defects in birds, but was harmful to humans, too. She predicted that insects are would eventually become resistant to DDT, which we now know to be true. This is a turning point because Carson was one of the first to beg the question, “What about the environment?” Although ‘going green’ has only just recently become popular, the idea of pollution and keeping our Earth clean comes from Carson. Despite criticism from chemical and pesticide distributers, she helped to start the environmentally friendly revolution.

THE BEGINNING OF THE MODERN ENVIRONMENTAL ERA.
"Over increasingly large areas of the United States spring now comes unheralded by the return of birds, and the early mornings are strangely silent where once they were filled with the beauty of bird song." external image silent-spring-1000.jpgSources: http://www.humanillnesses.com/original/E-Ga/Environmental-Diseases.htmlhttp://www.rachelcarson.org/http://naturalpatriot.org/2007/05/27/rachel-carson-natural-patriot/http://elibrary.bigchalk.com/elibweb/elib/do/document?urn=urn:bigchalk:US;BCLib;document;149347439