“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.”
Happy Birthday to one of my heroes, Rachel Carson! I didn’t know much about this remarkable woman until I studied ecology in college. (Although I work as a research scientist in pharmaceuticals, wildlife conservation and ecology was the focus of my master degree and remains the passion of my heart) She is widely revered as one of the great pioneers of ecology and environmental science. She spoke boldly and courageously against the wanton destruction of the environment and brought an awareness of the delicate beauty of our world to the populace. She was the voice of the world, our eyes and ears leading to a new way of understanding. Because of her, we no longer think of the environment as a cold, sterile place which we can wield or destroy according to our whim. Rather, she showed us that the natural world and all its creatures are intimately tied to each other and that its preservation and protection is our noble calling. Her work revealed the intricacies of the natural world in all its wonder and opened the eyes of future generations to embrace and value it. She created a paradigm shift with her conviction that nature was not something to be objectively observed, but to be experienced with all the senses, fully and completely. Her legacy fuels the hearts and passion of the generations of scientists that have come after her, eager to walk in her footsteps and discover the miracles of life all around us.
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” -Rachel Carson
(Photo from http://www.wikipedia.com)
Blessings to you,