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The Rachel Carson Council is a nationwide membership organization that engages and empowers our supporters to take effective action in communities and campuses at the local, state, and national level. With the leadership of our President and CEO, Dr. Robert K. Musil, the RCC is a respected voice for policy change in the nation’s capital.

In addition to our work on Capitol Hill, the RCC currently focuses its organizing at the grassroots level in North Carolina, Maryland, and Pennsyvania.

 


 Action Alerts

Let Commerce Secretary Ross know he needs to protect our coasts and our communities!

WesterGeco has proposed plans to blast air guns, louder than a rocket launch, 19 miles off our coasts from the Eastern Shore, Maryland to the Outer Banks and beyond in North Carolina.

Our beach and shore communities do not need seismic testing and offshort oil drilling!

We cannot allow this industry to disrupt and more communities.

Set a precedent to protect ALL of our coasts from the devastating impacts of seismic testing and off-shore oil drilling. Click here to take action and save our shores!

 

Tell the U.S. Senate: We demand a democracy that works for us

It will be hard to protect the environment if the majority of Americans who share our views are not represented properly come election time. I wrote to you recently about the need for environmentalists (and all citizens) to worry about the state of democracy that has been under growing assault here at home and abroad. Proof? Mitch McConnell and the U.S. Senate are sitting on a bill right now that could start to restore our democracy. I am asking for your help to pressure Senator Mitch McConnell and other Senate leaders to bring H.R.1 up for debate and a vote. Click here to take action and demand a democracy that works for all of us!


Community Efforts

The Sampson County Public Hearing on Wood Pellets and the Industry that Divided It

On July 15, 2019 environmentalists and community members from across the state of North Carolina and visitors from Virginia and the United Kingdom showed up and gave public testimony against the proposed expansion of Enviva Sampson, an industrial wood pellet producer. Their words spoke truth to power, and the message was clear – North Carolinians want an end to the wood pellet industry in their state.

 

Returning Home?

Eastern North Carolina and its beautiful coast has and always will be home to me. I work now for the Rachel Carson Council (RCC) in Washington, DC, but this past week, I was able to return home to continue critical work being done by the RCC and others to protect the unique environments and communities that also call the area home. Growing up in North Carolina, respect and awe for the natural world around me were instilled from an early age.

 

Environmental advocates discuss wood pellet industry’s impact on humans and the environment

Environmental advocacy groups gathered Friday to discuss the impact of the wood pellet industry on climate and public health during a boat ride on the Cape Fear River in Wilmington. People from groups including the Rachel Carson Council, Carolina Wetlands Association, NAACP, Alliance for Cape Fear Trees, Wood Pellet Forum, Cape Fear Sierra Club, and Clean Air Carolina attended. Dr. Kyle Horton, a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, was also in attendance. The boat travelled past wood pellet dome silos maintained by Enviva.

Don’t Burn Trees to Fight Climate Change—Let Them Grow

Of all the solutions to climate change, ones that involve trees make people the happiest. Earlier this year, when a Swiss study announced that planting 1.2 trillion trees might cancel out a decade’s worth of carbon emissions, people swooned (at least on Twitter). And last month, when Ethiopian officials announced that twenty-three million of their citizens had planted three hundred and fifty million trees in a single day, the swooning intensified. Someone tweeted, “This should be like the ice bucket challenge thing.”

 

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