Rachel Carson Council

Rachel Carson Council

We promote Carson’s ecological ethic that combines scientific concern for the environment with a sense of wonder and reverence for all forms of life.

Formerly the Rachel Carson Trust for the Living Environment, the Rachel Carson Council (RCC) is the oldest organization bearing Rachel Carson’s name, maintaining her vision, and providing strategies to encourage healthier and more sustainable living.

Mission: The Rachel Carson Council (RCC), founded in 1965, is the national environmental organization envisioned by Rachel Carson to carry on her work after her death. We promote Carson’s ecological ethic that combines scientific concern for the environment and human health with a sense of wonder and reverence for all forms of life in order to build a sustainable, just, and peaceful future.

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This is Climate Change - Rachel Carson Council

"This is what climate change was always going to look like. These concurrent crises are the results of decades of inaction and misinformation campaigns. Climate change is no longer something to look forward to, it’s already here."

rachelcarsoncouncil.org We find ourselves in the midst of a global pandemic that has claimed the lives of nearly 200,000 of our citizens, national political unrest over police violence, and a national election foretold as a contest over the “soul of the nation.” Natural disasters that would, in any other year, capture ...


The Climate Connection to California’s Wildfires

We can no longer afford to deny the reality of the Climate Crisis.
It's already here.

nytimes.com As fires spread through California during a global pandemic, read some of our past coverage about what’s causing them and what might help contain them.


Groups pressure Biden to exclude fossil fuel execs from team

The Climate Crisis is the issue of our time. Fossil fuel companies and their pals aren’t going to help us solve it.
We signed on.

thehill.com More than 100 climate and advocacy groups are asking Joe Biden's presidential campaign to commit to blocking fossil fuel representatives from its transition team or administration should the former vice president wi


E.P.A. Relaxes Rules Limiting Toxic Waste From Coal Plants

The Trump administration has been consistent among this crisis in its campaign against our basic environmental protections.

This cannot continue.

nytimes.com The agency weakened Obama-era rules meant to keep metals and other pollution out of rivers and streams, saving industry tens of millions of dollars.


Millions Of Pounds Of Extra Pollution Were Released Before Hurricane Laura's Landfall

One environmental crisis after another, all feeding back into each other.

npr.org Hurricane Laura hit an area known for its refineries and chemical plants. They released millions of pounds of air pollution when they shut down, and many air monitors are not functioning.


Harvard activists’ new fossil fuel divestment strategy: Make it an inside job.

“It’s also about forcing decision makers at all levels to choose a side between fossil fuel executives responsible for lying for the last half a century about the climate crisis,”

grist.org Three divestment activists just won seats on the board with a say over who controls the school’s $40.9 billion endowment.


Trump Administration Finalizes Plan to Open Arctic Refuge to Drilling

Administration officials were quoted as saying that they hoped to begin selling off drilling leases "by the end of the year."

nytimes.com The decision sets up a fierce legal battle over the fate of a vast, remote area that is home to polar bears, caribou and the promise of oil wealth.


Environmental Groups Urge Fed to End Energy Bond Buying

The Fed has spent $748 million of #COVID relief money on fossil fuel debt so far. This is NOT the recovery we need — tell the Fed to direct public money to #PeopleNotPolluters

wsj.com Environmental groups are pressing the Federal Reserve to end its purchases of energy sector corporate bonds as part of its broader effort to support financial markets as the U.S. navigates the severe economic stress of the coronavirus pandemic.


Analysis | The Energy 202: Hunting and fishing groups urge Congress to work together on climate change

Protecting our wild spaces is a collective responsibility.

washingtonpost.com Drought, fires and aquatic dead zones are harming the habitat of the animals they like to hunt and fish, they say.


Monsanto To Pay D.C. $52 Million Over Chemical Pollution In Rivers | DCist

Some things never change.

dcist.com It's one of the largest environmental settlements in city history.


Is This the End of New Pipelines?

"Defeats at three projects reflect increasingly sophisticated legal challenges, shifting economics and growing demands by states to fight climate change."

nytimes.com Defeats at three projects reflect increasingly sophisticated legal challenges, shifting economics and growing demands by states to fight climate change.


Grim Day for Pipelines Shows They’re Almost Impossible to Build

Yesterday, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Today, the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Our future, our planet, and our people demand it: no more pipelines.


bloomberg.com To be an energy superpower, U.S. oil and natural gas requires a suitably gargantuan pipeline network that stretches for millions of miles. The country’s ability to expand that infrastructure is being tested like never before.


Energy companies abandon long-delayed Atlantic Coast Pipeline

A historic day for communities across North Carolina and Virginia. #NOACP

washingtonpost.com Despite win at the Supreme Court last month, the companies said costs, new regulatory uncertainties make pipeline unfeasible.


Democrats Detail a Climate Agenda Tying Environment to Racial Justice

Though Covid-19 is dominating the headlines, the Climate Crisis is just as urgent and demands immediate action.
This is a good start.

nytimes.com The policy road map, expected on Tuesday, could guide the party if it gains control of Congress and the White House in November.


Across America, Five Communities in Search of Environmental Justice

Climate Change has already disproportionately impacted vulnerable communities. Environmental justice is the work.

insideclimatenews.org From New York to Los Angeles, Minneapolis to the Gulf Coast, people of color suffer disproportionately from pollution, callous government and climate change.


Analysis | The Energy 202: House Democrats push aid for wind and solar in new infrastructure bill

Renewable energy must be a critical part of our investments in new infrastructure.

washingtonpost.com The move likely sets up a fight with congressional Republicans, who have resisted efforts to extend tax breaks for renewables.


Wait … Chevron said ‘black lives matter’?

"If oil companies truly wanted to work toward a less racist world and a safer climate, it would require getting to the root of those problems and addressing the industry’s role in causing them. A future filled with fossil fuels won’t quite cut it."

grist.org Big Oil’s promises to take on racism and climate change ignore the bigger picture.


Flint Serves as One of the Most Popular Instances of Denied Environmental Justice.

"We constantly hear the narrative that climate change impacts us all. And while that's true, the issue is disproportionately impacting people of color, especially Black, Latino, and Native Americans. And when it comes to environmental justice, we just aren't talking about social equity enough."

ecowatch.com Perhaps your first time being exposed to environmental racism was when you learned about Flint, Michigan. In fact, University of Michigan researcher Paul Mohai called it "the most egregious example of environmental injustice in recent U.S. history."When residents complained about contaminated water....


This Fall, Students Look to Make Their Campuses More Just - Rachel Carson Council

This academic year, students across the country will be taking the energy from the Blacklivesmatter movement to campus. This week, RCC Duke Stanback intern Andrei Santos wrote about what students can do this fall to make their campuses more just.

rachelcarsoncouncil.org Over the last couple of weeks, protestors have responded to the death of George Floyd with demonstrations in all fifty states. Although the protests were started in response to Floyd’s death, they have quickly transformed into protests surrounding the broader issue of racism in police forces acros...

"In 2019, the Trump administration announced the repeal of WOTUS, with the immediate effect that permits are no longer required to discharge pollutants into streams and rivers. By January 2020, President Trump finalized the replacement, the Navigable Waters Protection Rule, published just before Earth day on April 21st 2020 and effective June 22nd of this year."



'Selling off the future’: Trump allows fishing in marine monument

Just like in previous crises, the Trump administration has continued its war on our basic environmental protections.

theguardian.com Administration opening areas off New England coast up to commercial fishing, a move experts say will hurt the environment


Combatting climate change, COVID-19, and systemic injustice on the same front

Minority communities across the country are disproportionately impacted by the climate crisis.

grist.org ‘We have to end making some communities sacrifice zones.’


#BlackBirdersWeek takes on systemic racism

"Sheridan Alford’s love of bird-watching stems from a simple fact: “Anybody can do it.”

grist.org “The whole purpose is to highlight and showcase Black birders, and anybody can do that.”


In a First, Renewable Energy Is Poised to Eclipse Coal in U.S.

Though the pandemic has changed so many of our priorities and concerns, we cannot lose sight of the threat the Climate Crisis continues to pose.

Fortunately, we know the path forward-- we just have to get there.

nytimes.com The coronavirus has pushed the coal industry to once-unthinkable lows, and the consequences for climate change are big.


Judge rejects Trump administration attempt to toss endangered species lawsuit

“When a species goes extinct, there’s no turning back the clock,”

thehill.com A federal judge has rejected the Trump administration’s attempt to dismiss a challenge to its rollback of endangered species protections, ruling late Monday that the 17-state lawsuit can proceed.


Opinion | America’s Killer Lawns

Rachel warned us years ago.

"To enjoy a lush green lawn or to sit on your patio without being eaten alive by mosquitoes doesn’t seem like too much to ask unless you actually know that insecticides designed to kill mosquitoes will also kill every other kind of insect: earthworms and caterpillars, spiders and mites, honeybees and butterflies, native bees and lightning bugs."

nytimes.com Homeowners use up 10 times more pesticide per acre than farmers do. But we can change what we do in our own yards.


E.P.A. Opts Against Limits on Water Contaminant Tied to Fetal Damage

The Environmental Protection Agency seems to have forgotten that protecting the environment is fairly critical to their mission.

nytimes.com A new E.P.A. policy on perchlorate, which is used in rocket fuel, would revoke a 2011 finding that the chemical should be regulated.


Solar panels are more efficient than you’ve heard. This material could make them even better.

Pass it along to a friend.

grist.org Today’s typical silicon solar panels operate at around 22 percent efficiency, but a new crystalline material called perovskite could soon raise the solar efficiency bar much further.


Coronavirus is a make-or-break moment for climate change, economists say

We should use this moment to revolutionize our response to the climate crisis.

grist.org Can a stimulus package help the economy and the planet? Experts say yes.


Coronavirus has these retirees sheltering in place — by a frack site

"Coronavirus has these retirees sheltering in place. A frack site nearby has them scared for their lives."


grist.org For this Colorado retirement community, living near a fracking site has been a nightmare. Now they can’t even leave.


Harvard didn’t divest from fossil fuels. So what does its ‘net-zero’ pledge mean?

Harvard's pledge gives tremendous leeway to the fossil fuel companies in which they are invested.

grist.org Harvard has a new net-zero by 2050 plan for its endowment. But it’s not yet clear what it will entail, and whether the school will be able to fulfill it.


As coronavirus ravages Louisiana, ‘cancer alley’ residents haven’t given up the fight against polluters

Those who have been diagnosed with cancer or who live in an area with poor air quality are some of the most vulnerable to the virus.

grist.org The state’s African Americans face some of the country’s worst pollution — and some of its most severe COVID-19 outcomes. The two may well be linked.


Developers Put a Plastics Plant in Ohio on Indefinite Hold, Citing the Covid-19 Pandemic

Many fossil fuel projects have been impacted by the virus.

insideclimatenews.org The announcement was a setback for the Trump administration and local officials, who want to bring petrochemicals to a region heavily invested in fracking.


The world is on lockdown. So where are all the carbon emissions coming from?

The effects of the virus on society have yielded alot of revelations about where our emissions come from-- and where we can draw them down.

grist.org The air is clear, the roads are clear, and dammit greenhouse gases are stubborn.


New Trump Nuclear Plan Favors Uranium Mining Bordering the Grand Canyon

What could possibly go wrong?

insideclimatenews.org The administration, seeking to restore America’s “competitive nuclear advantage,” also wants to create a $150 million uranium reserve in the coming decade.

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Rachel Carson, a scientist and gifted writer, enchanted the public with her first three books about the sea. In her last great work, Silent Spring, she sounded the alarm about the hazard of chemical pesticides. Its publication in 1962 generated a mountain of mail from an aroused public asking questions about pesticide effects. Although she was ill, and often overwhelmed, Rachel Carson faithfully answered letters until shortly before her death in 1964. In response to her hope for an enduring means of meeting the public’s needs, a year after her death an organization was formed by friends and colleagues to continue her efforts.
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