In celebration of Earth Day, I thought we could take a moment to celebrate the two great HMH authors who had an indirect hand in its creation: John Muir and Rachel Carson.
I say indirect because both Muir and Carson died before the first Earth Day was established in 1970, but their commitment to preserving the natural world, as well as their powerful writing styles, were often cited by Earth Day founders as the motivation behind the holiday. Published by HMH, Carson’s 1962 book Silent Spring is credited with igniting the environmental movement of the 1960s, and Earth Day’s date was chosen in part because it fell close to Muir’s birthday on April 21.
John Muir was born in Scotland in 1838. When he was 11, Muir moved with his family to a farm in Wisconsin that is now a National Historic Landmark. It was there that Muir spent many hours exploring the fields and forests surrounding the farm.