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Season 2007 Episode 09.21.07

Rachel Carson

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Sep 21, 2007 on PBS
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The Environmental Protection Agency looks to her as a founding inspiration and the Fish & Wildlife Service as a source of agency pride. The EPA's official history site states: "There is no question...that SILENT SPRING prompted the Federal Government to take action against water and air pollution, as well as against the misuse of pesticides several years before it otherwise might have moved." But the common view of Rachel Carson's impact goes far beyond government bureaucracy. Carson and her most famous book, SILENT SPRING, are credited with no less than inspiring the modern global environmental movement. In its collection of the 100 most important people of the 20th Century, TIME magazine said: "Before there was an environmental movement, there was one brave woman and her very brave book." In 2007, the centenary of Carson's birth is being celebrated around the world, and her work is still making waves just as it did in 1962.moreless
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