Summary

The Rachel Carson Council and its partners, including EESI, 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, on November 30, 2016.

Participants included Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Sen. Tom Udall, Sen. Martin Heinrich, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, former chair of the House Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs, John Tierney; and newly-elected environmental champions. 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, Beyond Nuclear; Mae Wu, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC); Amanda Hitt, Food Integrity Campaign; Zoe Ackerman, Rachel Carson Council; and others.

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, and Bob Musil, Rachel Carson and Her Sisters and Washington in Spring.

 

Schedule (for an up-to-date schedule, click here).

 

8:30 am
 
Registration Continental Breakfast
8:50 am
 
Welcome Robert K. Musil, President and CEO, The Rachel Carson Council
9:00 am
 
The Relevance of Rachel Carson Today Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
9:15 am

 
Celebrating Rachel Carson, the Writer, the Person, the Advocate Bob Musil, Rachel Carson and Her Sisters; Mark Madison, Historian, US Fish and Wildlife Service.
10:00 am
 
Our Nuclear Waste Legacy U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, (D-NM)
10:30 am Rachel Carson and Ending the Nuclear Age Kristen Iversen, Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats; Linda Pentz Gunter, Beyond Nuclear; John Tierney, ED, Council for a Livable World
11:30 am A Sense of Wonder: Introducing Imagination, Wonder and Science in Nature

Deborah Cramer, The Narrow Edge; Jennifer Ackerman, The Genius of Birds; Melanie Choukas-Bradley, A Year in Rock Creek Park; Bob Musil, Washington in Spring; Susan Cohen, Shorewords.

12:45-
1:45 pm


 
Lunch Keynote: The Courage of Rachel Carson and What We Must Do Sandra Steingraber, Living Downstream
2:00 pm Factory Farms and Environmental Justice Amanda Hitt, Food Integrity Campaign; Chandra Taylor, Southern Environmental Law Center; Sacoby Wilson, University of Maryland School of Public Health; Mae Wu, Natural Resources Defense Council; Devon Hall, Rural Empowerment Association for Community Help
3:30 pm

 
Rachel Carson’s Legacy: An Environmental Agenda for the Future

Gene Karpinski, President, League of Conservation Voters; Carol Werner, ED, EESI; Sandra Steingraber; Bob Musil; others.

5:00 pm
 
Sen. Whitehouse Remarks U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
5:30 pm
 
Authors’ book sale and signing  
6:30 pm Gala Reception: Rachel Carson and Chemicals Today U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM), with other current and newly-elected environmental champions.

 

Thanks to generous donors to the Rachel Carson Council, A Sense of Wonder: A National Rachel Carson Jubilee and Civic Colloquium, was entirely free.

For more information: rachelcarsoncouncil.org/rachel-carson-75th-anniversary-jubilee-celebration/

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