When Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring was published in 1962, it became a phenomenon. A warning about the long-term dangers of pesticides, the book unleashed an extraordinary national debate and was greeted by vigorous attacks from the chemical industry. It inspired President John F. Kennedy to launch the first-ever investigation into the public health effects of pesticides–an investigation that would eventually result in new laws governing the regulation of these deadly agents. Rachel Carson is an intimate portrait of the woman whose groundbreaking books revolutionized our relationship to the natural world. Drawn from Carson’s own writings, letters and recent scholarship, this film illuminates both the public and private life of the woman who launched the modern environmental movement and revolutionized how we understand our relationship with the natural world.
[text adapted from PBS.org]