The climate crisis, worse than ever, with huge wildfires in Australia. It was Rachel Carson in the 1960s who first brought the crisis to North American attention with her landmark book Silent Spring, which was about the careless widespread use of chemicals and their disastrous effects on the environment. Eventualy, in the late ’60s and early ’70s, there was much more obvious awareness and protests in North America and Europe about humans’ negative effects on the world ecology.
It’s been pretty quiet since then until Al Gore’s work in the 1990s-2000s (An Inconvenient Truth, 2006) and in the 1st 5 years the work of Greta Thunberg along with recent demonstrations and the beginnings, finally/maybe, of world political action. Is it too late? Why didn’t the awareness of the ’60s-’70s lead to action to save the Earth? Likewise, Al Gore’s worldwide efforts.
At any rate, we’re now into the 4th iteration, by my count, of global climate concerns and issues. Will this finally, finally be the go-round that leads to the Big World-wide Changes necessary to save our planet? At any rate, it was actually that brave little lady dying of cancer long ago who started climate and environment disaster awareness, taking on big American corporations to get the first successful political action on this major issue of our time. In my books, the most significant woman of the twentieth century; someone special who should, ideally, be a role-model especially for all the girls and women who aspire to be major female world-changers/savers.