Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Remembering Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson, writer, scientist, and ecologist was born in May 1907. Carson was editor-in-chief of publications for the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service before resigning to write a series of books that made her famous as a naturalist and science writer for the public.

She is best known for her prize-winning study of the ocean, "The Sea Around Us" and for "Silent Spring". Silent Spring, published in 1962 challenged the practices of agricultural scientists and the government, and called for a change in the way humankind viewed the natural world.(*)

In May this year Canio's Books in Sag Harbor invited area writers, conservationists and admirers of Rachel Carson to celebrate her work.

The speakers were minister Alison Cornish of the Unitarian Universalist
Congregation of the South Fork, Scott Chaskey of Quail Hill Farm in Amagansett, Carl Safina of the Blue Ocean Institute, Frank Quevedo of the South Fork Natural History Museum and Sandy Ferguson. The first three are heard on this broadcast. 

A complete recording of the program will be posted here soon.

 * program notes from the biography "Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature" by Linda Lear published in 1997.