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    The RCC, founded in 1965, is the national environmental organization envisioned by Rachel Carson to carry on her work after her death.
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    We promote Carson's ecological ethic that combines scientific concern for the environment and human health with a sense of wonder and reverence for all forms of life in order to build a sustainable, just, and peaceful future.
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    Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.—Rachel Carson
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    The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us the less taste we shall have for the destruction of our race. Wonder and humility are wholesome emotions, and they do not exist side by side with a lust for destruction. ~Rachel Carson
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Recent News

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A Field Guide to the Future of North American Birds

Audubon’s new climate report warns of massive avian loss if we don’t change course and stabilize global carbon emissions.

A (Proposed) Pipeline Runs Through It

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline would divide mountains, farmland, and sacred Native American land along its 600-mile route, but it’s uniting a diverse community of activists determined to halt its progress.

Where the Eagles Soared: Are We Losing Our Land and Our History?

I have roamed the Eastern Shore many times with other memories stretching back to the time when Caryn and I, long involved with African American history and civil rights, were happy to find a lone historical marker about Frederick Douglass in St. Michaels.

RCC Leads Climate Comments to U.S. House

In three parts, this memorandum identifies the key climate threats posed by continued mismanagement of US forests, policies responsive to those threats, and steps needed to implement the policies.

A Little Fish and a Very Big Pipeline

The endangered species Roanoke logperch faces a threat to thriving in the Roanoke Valley watershed — the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP).

Awareness is Not Action

The first time I heard the words “climate change,” I was thirteen years old. My older brother urged my parents to take us to a documentary called “An Inconvenient Truth.”