My father was an ardent admirer of the Mother of the Environmental Movement, Rachel Carson, and when it was his turn to name his newest baby girl, he chose to name me Rachel in honor of her.
My mother wanted a little more flair and so I became Rachelle Carson. Now the first Rachel Carson was a marine biologist and author of many books and essays, including her most famous, The Silent Spring, which was widely credited with helping launch the environmental cause. My connection to that cause was limited to our shared name and a strong commitment to not littering.
I moved to Los Angeles to pursue my acting career, envisioning a big shiny life, mansions, limousines and all the trappings of fame. Little did I know my life would soon more closely resemble Green Acres when it intersected with that most ardent believer in conservation and sustainable living,.
Needless to say, I wasn't a duck in this water. We had to take the bus, because we couldn't use a personal gasoline powered vehicle and everything had to be recycled and I mean everything! The goal was to have zero contributions to the landfills and I lived in terror that I would be caught with something not on the list. I was being educated on thermostats, timed showers, and finding everything I had just plugged in, curling irons, hair dryers, whatever it might be, unplugged and reminded about vampire energy users.
It was a steep learning curve but we made it through those first few years. Now, life is a bit easier, with the advent of new technology like the hybrid motor(extending fuel usage and cleaner emissions), more efficient solar power and more biodegradable packaging and recycled products available and now our green life goes on!