Rachel Carson, a scientist and gifted writer, enchanted the public with her first three books about the sea. In her last great work, Silent Spring, she sounded the alarm about the hazard of chemical pesticides. Its publication in 1962 generated a mountain of mail from an aroused public asking questions about pesticide effects. Although she was ill, and often overwhelmed, Rachel Carson faithfully answered letters until shortly before her death in 1964.
In response to her hope for an enduring means of meeting the public’s needs, a year after her death an organization was formed by friends and colleagues to continue her efforts. The founders shared her concerns about pesticide problems. The organization was initially called the Rachel Carson Trust for the Living Environment. In 1980 it became the Rachel Carson Council, Inc. For more than 20 years, Shirley A. Briggs served as Executive Director. Dr. Diana Post, the former President and Executive Director, served for more than 20 years. Today, the RCC Staff is led by President, Dr. Robert K. Musil.
The Rachel Carson Council (RCC), founded in 1965, is the national environmental organization envisioned by Rachel Carson to carry on her work after her death. We promote Carson’s ecological ethic that combines scientific concern for the environment and human health with a sense of wonder and reverence for all forms of life in order to build a sustainable, just, and peaceful future.