We celebrated the 75th anniversary of Rachel Carson’s historic arrival on the American environmental and literary scene with her beloved first book, Under the Sea-Wind. We heard and met leading authors, environmental leaders, and members of Congress at the Rachel Carson Council’s all-day, one-of-a-kind event on Wednesday, November 30, on Capitol Hill. Click here for map and directions
Thanks to generous donors to the Rachel Carson Council, “A Sense of Wonder: A National Rachel Carson Jubilee and Civic Colloquium,” was entirely free including breakfast, a luncheon speech by award-winning author and advocate Sandra Steingraber, an authors’ book signing, and our gala evening reception at the Top of the Hill Conference Center, directly across from the U.S. Capitol.
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Our confirmed award-winning authors included Sandra Steingraber, Living Downstream; Jennifer Ackerman, The Genius of Birds; Deborah Cramer, The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, An Ancient Crab, and an Epic Journey; Kristen Iversen, Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Shadow of Rocky Flats; Melanie Choukas-Bradley, A Year in Rock Creek Park; Susan Cohen, Shorewords, as well as the RCC’s own Bob Musil, Rachel Carson and Her Sisters and Washington in Spring. Their books were available for purchase and personal signing.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse
Sen. Tom Udall
Sen. Martin Heinrich
Rep. Chris Van Hollen
Join us and join your voice with us to help shape our environmental future and to lift a glass in honor of the woman who helped start the modern environmental movement, Rachel Carson.
Additionally we heard about shaping a bold environmental agenda to continue Rachel Carson’s legacy for the future and for the next Administration and Congress. Participants included Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Sen. Tom Udall, Senateor-elect Chris Van Hollen, former chair of the House Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs, John Tierney. They were joined by environmental leaders including Gene Karpinski, President of the League of Conservation Voters (LCV); Carol Werner, Executive Director of the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI); Linda Pentz Gunter of Beyond Nuclear, Mae Wu, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Amanda Hitt, Food Integrity Campaign, Zoe Ackerman, Rachel Carson Council, and others.