Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson, is the one publication that is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. Carson, a marine biologist, raced against her own advancing breast cancer whilst attempting to publish the book before it was too late. Sadly, although she finished the book, she passed away before she could fully observe the movement she put into motion. Despite the accuracy of her work, and her own health problems, she was vilified by corporations concerned that her book would threaten their bottom line.

In this BBC Radio broadcast we get a brief yet potent insight into this pivotal moment in the development of our collective environmental consciousness.