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50th Anniversary of Silent Spring

2012 marks the 50th anniversary of Silent Spring, the landmark book that helped launch the modern environmental movement. To commemorate the anniversary, Maine Audubon will show a short biographical film in remembrance of the book’s author, scientist, and ecologist, Rachel Carson. The film will be followed by a panel of experts who will discuss and share perspectives on continuing threats to wildlife and humans from toxic chemicals in our environment.

“Rachel Carson helped spark a movement that Maine Audubon and many other organizations and conservationists carry on today,” said Maine Audubon Executive Director, Ted Koffman. “Maine Audubon’s mission follows Carson’s vision of educating and providing awareness of the need to sustain our planet’s diverse wildlife and for public involvement in habitat conservation.” 

In 1962 Carson and Silent Spring broke the mold and confronted the practices of agricultural scientists and the government, shedding light on the misuse of pesticides and the severe impact these chemical compounds have on eagles and osprey, song birds, fish, and other wildlife.

Carson’s movement sought change in the way humanity viewed the natural world. “Carson was attacked by the chemical industry and some in government as an alarmist, but courageously spoke out to remind us that we are a vulnerable part of the natural world subject to the same damage as the rest of the ecosystem. Testifying before Congress in 1963, Carson called for new policies to protect human health and the environment. Rachel Carson died in 1964 after a long battle against breast cancer,” stated Linda Lear, author and site manager of www.rachelcarson.org. Today, as the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day has come and gone, many view Rachel Carson as forward thinking, and years ahead of her time.

Those participating in the panel discussion include Maine CDC Toxicologist Deborah Rice, Environmental Health Strategy Center Co-Founder Amanda Sears, and Minority Lead on the House Committee on the Environment and Natural Resources, Rep. Bob Duchesne.

The Silent Spring 50th Anniversary discussion is set to take place from 7-9 p.m., Thursday, April 26, at 20 Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth.

The event is part of the Maine Audubon “Speaker Series” - a monthly program at Gilsland Farm Center in Falmouth that covers a diverse range of topics, from conservation to legislative issues to gardening.





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