This May marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Rachel Carson, whose 1962 best-selling book, Silent Spring, is widely regarded as inspiring the modern environmental movement in the U.S. Carson opened the public's eyes for the first time to the dangers of synthetic pesticides, and provided momentum for the establishment of the sweeping U.S. environmental policies of the early 1970's, some of the world's earliest comprehensive environmental laws. Carson, a marine biologist as well as a writer, also wrote three books about the sea.
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We are organizing an event at Colby College to celebrate the legacy of this pioneering environmental steward. There will be performances by Kaiulani Lee (a one-woman play) and Gordon Bok (a Maine folk musician), a keynote address, and presentations about Rachel Carson and her work, as well as related subjects such as community-supported agriculture, organic lawn care, and toxics in the home. There will also be outdoor nature activities for adults and children and readings from Carson's books. Registered participants will be treated to a lunch.
We hope to kindle Carson's "sense of wonder" about the natural world and to provide information about various environmental issues of critical public importance that were of particular concern to Carson, including exposure to toxic chemicals.
Education Workshops for Children Three workshops for children relating to the environment will be available. They will begin at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 PM and will be hosted by students in environmental education. Sessions led by Colby Environmental Education students will include:
"All About Our Food," "How Rachel Carson Taught us to Protect the Earth," and "Children and a Sense of Place"