In the present, people often overlook all of Rachel Carson's achievements and her research. It is evident that we do not live in a completely environmentally conscious society today, but yet Carson and others worked very hard to influence our generation to be environmentally sensitive and willing to hep reduce some of the continuous problems that earth faces today. Some of these problems that still exist and are even worsening include air pollution, water pollution, and the depletion of earth's nonrenewable resources and a common saying during the Modern Environmental Movement was "once it's gone, it's gone forever." _ It is important that our society today realizes how problems like the ones that Rachel Carson raised still exist today, and that it is important that we as humans do something to save our planet. There are many things that we can do and help others to do that have a positive impact on the environment and that lead to a more sustainable way of life. Something that Carson realized early on in her research is that unless people take the initiative and push for change and improvement, the earth and its ecosystems will continue to be harmed by careless human actions. She became well-known for her ability to challenge topics that not many before her had been willing or well-knowledgeable enough to do. Rachel Carson is someone to be well-respected and as someone who enjoys the outdoors, I was heavily influenced by and interested in Rachel Carson and her achievements. I, too, find it very important to protect and preserve the environment for future generations to come, maintaining both its resources and its aesthetic beauty that make the environment such an important aspect of many lives.