"In the early 1950s, when Carson finished 'The Sea Around Us,' she was optimistic about the use science could make of nature while still respecting the final priority of natural processes over human manipulation. . . Ten years later, at work on 'Silent Spring,' Carson was no longer as sanguine about the ability of the environment to protect itself from human interference. She had begun to understand the destructive impact civilization had on the environment, and was presented with a dilemma: the growth of civilization destroys the environment, but only through increased knowledge (a product of civilization) can destruction be stopped."
~ Vera Norwood
"[Rachel Carson] articulated a philosophy of how civilized people ought to relate to nature and its care. Carson's technical critique of insecticides launched from a philosophical foundation ultimately found a home in a new movement, environmentalism, in the late 1960s and 1970s. She must be regarded as one intellectual founder of the movement..."
~ John Perkins
"Rachel Carson has been called the founder of the U.S. environmental movement, which some date, plausibly, to the publication of 'Silent Spring' in 1962."
~ Philip Cafaro
"It's very important today that she [Rachel Carson] linked human health and the impacts of pesticides on wildlife and plants and we know that today...[she] also pointed out to us that all of those aspects of the environment are important, and that we need to have better a relationship with the environment."
~ Dr. Diana Post
"Rachel Carson's 'Silent Spring,' published in 1962, did more than any other single publication to alert the world to the hazards of environmental poisoning and to inspire a powerful social movement that would alter the course of American history."
~ Linda Lear
"Rachel Carson's voice is alive in her writings that express the wonder and beauty of the natural world. And her worldwide influence continues through the activities of the environmental protection movement she started."
~ Steve Ember
"Rachel Carson's strength of character and commitment to preserving, conserving, and enhancing our environment is inspirational to people across the world. She was a visionary with the heart of a poet who optimistically believed that there was hope in the reparation of mankind's relationship with nature."
~ Marcia Mueller
Good luck with your project!
Hi Rachel. Here is a link to an important scientific paper by Dr. Bruce Ames (inventor of the famous Ame's Test for carcinogenic potential of chemicals and former chairman of the dept. of Biochemistry at U.C. Berkeley). You can see his comments about Rachel Carson in the first couple of sentences.
Best wishes and good luck with your project.