We all must keep the sense of wonder! Thank you Robin Elton for this article about honoring the beloved Rachel Carson for National Women’s History Month (March).
“If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantments of later years, the sterile preoccupation with things that are artificial, the alienation from the sources of our strength.”
March is National Woman’s History Month, and this year Rachel Carson is being honored. Carson, of course, is the scientist who in 1962 wrote Silent Spring, the “classic that launched the environmental movement”, exposing the devastating effects of the chemical DDT on bird populations. This bestseller led to the banning of DDT, the creation of the Clean Water Act, and the forming of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Those of us who choose to eat organic foods have Rachel Carson to thank for exposing the potential dangers of pesticides.
To celebrate Carson’s legacy, 100 screenings of the newly released movie, “A Sense of Wonder”, will be held nationwide. This movie chronicles the last year of Carson’s life, as she battled cancer and worked to present her message to Congress and the American public.