Portrayal of Rachel Carlson

 Wednesday, August 18, 2021 
7:00pm-8:00pm  
Steele Memorial Bandstand

Anne McEvoy

The Story of Rachel Carlson as portrayed by Anne McEvoy

How does a little girl who dreamed of becoming a writer grow up to become a leading pioneer in the field of ecology? Especially a woman born in 1907 when few, if any women could find careers in the sciences, and the word ecology wasn't appearing in any newspapers. Few in the early 1900's anticipated or even bothered to consider about the long term effects of "progress" in the fields of industry, agriculture, and even urban development. But given an early love for all things nature by her mother, Rachel would swiftly learn to use her writing prowess to try to intervene on behalf of all life on the planet: human, animal, plant...whether on land, in the water, or in the air. Her books Silent Spring, Under the Sea, and The Sea Around Us would grab a nation's attention, but not all of it was positive. Chemical companies and even government agencies vilified her as an alarmist. Fellow scientists dismissed her as a fabulist and ignored her expertly-researched findings. But this only made her voice louder in her unflinching battle to remind the world that as precious as human life is, we are only a part of a large ecosystem, and that to protect ourselves, we must protect all living things. Never was her message more urgently needed than now.

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