I think it is time to ask a big question of our on-line readers. As Carson's biographer, I have been on the road now for nearly a decade, (Witness for Nature was published in 1997) and I have traveled extensively both in the U.S. and in the U.K. where it was also published.
In spite of the increasing interest in global warming and in the greening of our culture, and in spite of more and more people recognizing that something must be done, I am invariably confronted with the "Rachel Who?" question.
Granted, ours is no longer a print generation, and granted that Carson's life is as far away as the Franco-Prussian Wars to most people under 50, I am still stunned that her name is so unrecognized. I have my own multiple theories about this sad fact, but I'd be very interested in hearing what readers think; why it is, and what can be done about it, or maybe it's not important any more that a name be attached to a philosophy which is widely embraced as "good public policy."