9 Must-Read Articles: Rachel Carson's Impact & Legacy
September 27, 2012
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This month marks the 50th anniversary of Silent Spring by Rachel Carson, our namesake. But, we're not the only ones commemorating this milestone. Check out our picks for the nine must-read articles on Rachel Carson's impact and legacy.
- "Silent Spring was published 50 years ago this month. ... In doing so, Carson, the citizen-scientist, spawned a revolution." Read "How Silent Spring Ignited the Environmental Movement" from this week's New York Times Magazine.
- What's the connection between fracking and Rachel Carson? Sandra Steingraber explains in "The Fracking of Rachel Carson: Silent Spring's lost legacy in 50 parts," an original piece for Orion Magazine, made possible by The Park Foundation.
- Could the key to re-energizing the modern environmental movement be lurking in a surprising place - the 'burbs? See what Silent Spring can teach us about reframing our calls-to-action, in "How Green Was My Lawn" an op-ed by Christopher C. Sellers in the New York Times.
- Representative Ed Markey challenges citizens to demand change on climate policy, as Rachel Carson called for action on pesticides, in this Huffington Post piece.
- In this GreenBiz article, Patricia DeMarco, president of the Rachel Carson Institute, advises that "we must adopt an approach to our economic enterprise that moves toward a dynamic equilibrium model, rather than a linear consumption model," and distills Carson's message into four guiding principles.
- Reflect on "how beautiful the writing is" in Silent Spring, in this piece by Joshua Rothman of The New Yorker. He commends Carson for combining "a scientist's ability to see with a novelist's ability to imagine."
- William Souder argues "How the 50-year-old campaign against Silent Spring still distorts environmental debates" in Slate.
- Souder is also the author of a new biography, On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson, out this month.
- And finally, Outdoor Magazine suggests "12 Ways to Channel Your Inner Citizen Scientist," just like Rachel Carson.
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