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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Joe Biden says he’ll take the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge. Here’s why that matters.

A potent reminder on World Environment Day that we must continue to pressure our elected officials to put the planet first.

grist.org On Tuesday, Biden unveiled a plan that appears to at least match the level of climate ambition most other Democratic candidates.

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CNN ran a ‘climate justice’ segment and this is progress - Rachel Carson Council

We must talk more about the impact that climate change is having on our most vulnerable communities.

rachelcarsoncouncil.org The Carr Fire, in Redding, a hundred and sixty miles north of Sacramento, has incinerated over a thousand structures, most of them people’s homes.

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84 Environmental Rules on the Way Out Under Trump

This is a coordinated campaign against our nation's bedrock environmental protections.

nytimes.com A comprehensive list of environmental policies the Trump administration has targeted, often in an effort to ease burdens on the fossil fuel industry and other big businesses.

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Burning the Gas 'Bridge Fuel' Myth: Why Gas Is Not Clean, Cheap, or Necessary - Oil Change International

Gas is NOT a solution to climate crisis. Read the new report from Oil Change International and 15 partner groups for 5 reasons why #GasIsNotABridgeFuel. Read the full report: http://bit.ly/2Wotv3Z

priceofoil.org This report debunks the myth that gas is a 'bridge fuel' to a decarbonized future – it's clearer than ever that gas is not a solution to the climate crisis.

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The bioenergy delusion - Rachel Carson Council

Industry would like us to believe that Biomass energy sources are cleaner than fossil fuels. Often they are just as bad, if not worse.

rachelcarsoncouncil.org But the arc of climate awareness curves toward reality. Moderate Republican voters’ acceptance of human-caused warming has risen 14 points since last fall.

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Rachel Carson and the Green New Deal - Rachel Carson Council

Rachel Carson was born on May 27, 1907.

What would she think of the challenges we face today?

rachelcarsoncouncil.org Rachel Carson was born on May 27, 1907. It is tough to estimate what Rachel Carson would have made of our environmental challenges today. But the ethos behind her experience, much of her writing, and the movement it sparked give us plenty of clues. After Silent Spring was published, Carson gave a fa...

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I oversaw the U.S. nuclear power industry. Now I think it should be banned. - Rachel Carson Council

"Before the accident, it was easier to accept the industry’s potential risks, because nuclear power plants had kept many coal and gas plants from spewing air pollutants and greenhouse gases into the air. Afterward, the falling cost of renewable power changed the calculus. Despite working in the industry for more than a decade, I now believe that nuclear power’s benefits are no longer enough to risk the welfare of people living near these plants."

rachelcarsoncouncil.org the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere averaged more than 410 ppm in April, for the first time since scientists have been tracking it

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Puerto Rico got rid of its coal ash pits. Now the company responsible is moving them to Florida. - Rachel Carson Council

“Nobody wants [coal ash] in their backyard. That’s a very human reaction."

rachelcarsoncouncil.org the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere averaged more than 410 ppm in April, for the first time since scientists have been tracking it

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Scientists are baffled by a giant spike in this greenhouse gas (it’s not CO2) - Rachel Carson Council

"This means studies evaluating the effects of climate change and action plans to address them, like the Paris Climate Agreement, may be based on downplayed climate crisis forecasts."

rachelcarsoncouncil.org The Carr Fire, in Redding, a hundred and sixty miles north of Sacramento, has incinerated over a thousand structures, most of them people’s homes.

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Which cities have concrete strategies for environmental justice?

"Environmental hazards like hazardous waste facilities, fossil fuel storage, and transportation sites, and other polluting industrial facilities are disproportionally located in communities of color and low-income communities."

grist.org How do you fix decades of racial segregation and zoning? Use the same tools that created the injustice in the first place, says a new report.

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California to ban controversial pesticide, citing effects on child brain development

"State health officials said their decision came amid growing evidence that the pesticide, which is used on crops such as oranges, grapes, and almonds, “causes serious health effects in children and other sensitive populations at lower levels of exposure than previously understood.”

washingtonpost.com A federal court also has ordered the EPA to ban chlorpyrifos, but the Trump administration has appealed the ruling.

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'Almost every household has someone that has died from cancer' - Rachel Carson Council

"Cancer Alley" is created from the pollution of many toxic chemical plants along the Mississippi River in Southern Louisana and impacts communities all throughout the region.

rachelcarsoncouncil.org the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere averaged more than 410 ppm in April, for the first time since scientists have been tracking it

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Maryland Department of the Environment and Delmarva Poultry Industry Partner for New Air Quality Project - Rachel Carson Council

"The Campbell Foundation and DPI have agreed to provide financial support for the project, contributing over $500,000. With their large financial stake, each has a major role in the implementation of monitoring."

Check out our latest on air quality on the Eastern Shore of Maryland:

rachelcarsoncouncil.org On Thursday, April 25th, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), the Delmarva Poultry Industry (DPI), and the Campbell Foundation held an informational meeting at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne on a new effort to gather air quality data — the Lower Eastern Shor...

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Civilization Is Accelerating Extinction and Altering the Natural World at a Pace ‘Unprecedented in Human History’

Sobering news from a new United Nations report today:

“For a long time, people just thought of biodiversity as saving nature for its own sake, but this report makes clear the links between biodiversity and nature and things like food security and clean water in both rich and poor countries.“

nytimes.com A dire United Nations report, based on thousands of scientific studies, paints an urgent picture of biodiversity loss and finds that climate change is amplifying the danger to humanity.

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Rural Students To Join In Classroom Walkout Over Climate Change

Students and young people from all kinds of communities across the country are demanding action on Climate Change.

npr.org High school students are planning another coordinated nationwide walkout Friday to demand action on climate change. Until recently, organizers say rural students hadn't been as vocal in the strikes.

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Tree-planting programs can do more harm than good - Rachel Carson Council

"North Carolina, home of some of the most bio-diverse forests in the continental United States, gives landowners property tax breaks to sell their forests for logging—but not to conserve them."

rachelcarsoncouncil.org the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere averaged more than 410 ppm in April, for the first time since scientists have been tracking it

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More than 80 percent of waste from Pennsylvania’s oil and gas drilling stays in the state: Report - Rachel Carson Council

The natural gas boom has been devastating for many vulnerable communities and for our climate.

"The study concluded that Pennsylvania residents are bearing more than 80 percent of that potential health burden. Living near fracking operations has been linked to preterm births, high-risk pregnancies, asthma, migraine headaches, fatigue, nasal and sinus symptoms, and skin disorders over the last 10 years."

rachelcarsoncouncil.org Rachel Carson, environmentalist of the twentieth century, was deeply opposed to nuclear testing and nuclear war from at least 1946.

Rachel had a vision. One that on this #Earthday we can all commit to strive for.

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Why Green Pledges Will Not Create the Natural Forests We Need - Rachel Carson Council

Let this #EarthDay serve as a reminder for how critically important our forests are. We must protect those currently at risk and begin to develop new reforestation initiatives to heal our ailing planet and combat Climate Change. #Stand4forests

rachelcarsoncouncil.org the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere averaged more than 410 ppm in April, for the first time since scientists have been tracking it

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‘When the Glaciers Disappear, Those Species Will Go Extinct’

With so many glaciers disappearing globally, how will their loss affect many vital ecosystems?

nytimes.com America’s glaciers are losing ice as the world warms. That’s disrupting habitats for fish, insects and even bacteria.

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As Mass Timber Takes Off, How Green Is This New Building Material? - Rachel Carson Council

"But there are big questions being asked about just how sustainable the new building material is –especially about how forests that produce mass timber are managed, and how much CO2 would be emitted in the logging, manufacture, and transport of the wood products used in the construction. So far, critics say, there aren’t good answers to these questions."

rachelcarsoncouncil.org the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere averaged more than 410 ppm in April, for the first time since scientists have been tracking it

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An easy, cost-effective way to address climate change? Massive reforestation.

“Only within the moment of time represented by the present century has one species -- man -- acquired significant power to alter the nature of the world. ” -RC

grist.org Nature isn’t just a backdrop to your Instagram selfie; a new study shows that rebuilding natural habitats is an “essential survival strategy.”

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Trump signs executive orders fast-tracking the pipeline approval process

Yesterday a 2-inch pipeline destroyed an entire building in Durham, North Carolina. Natural gas pipelines are a clear and present danger to our environment and our communities.

grist.org “We’re gonna make it easier for you,” Trump said. “You know about delays? Where it takes you 20 years to get a permit? Those days are gone.”

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More than 300 Groups Urge Congress to Make Food and Agriculture Central to the Climate Crisis and Green New Deal Debate

We can’t solve climate change without transforming our food system! I stand with a coalition of farmers, workers, fishers, and organizations and organizations urging our Congress to address food and agriculture issues in the Green New Deal:

https://foe.org/news/300-groups-urge-congress-make-food-agriculture-central-climate-crisis-green-new-deal-debate/

foe.org A coalition of more than 300 groups today sent a letter to Congress calling for a Green New Deal that prioritizes food and agriculture solutions to climate change.

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Marine Heat Waves Could Threaten Dolphin Survival, Study Suggests - Rachel Carson Council

With so many of our biological systems in decline, how much further can we continue to push our planet?

rachelcarsoncouncil.org But the arc of climate awareness curves toward reality. Moderate Republican voters’ acceptance of human-caused warming has risen 14 points since last fall.

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A Broken Land - Rachel Carson Council

Rachel Carson's career was defined by working on issues at the nexus of public and environmental health.

Fossil fuel companies bare little concern for the communities that they impact and the environments they contaminate.

rachelcarsoncouncil.org The Carr Fire, in Redding, a hundred and sixty miles north of Sacramento, has incinerated over a thousand structures, most of them people’s homes.

Maryland LCV

Last night, the Maryland General Assembly passed the first statewide ban on styrofoam with strong, bipartisan majorities! Thank you to all of our champions for this landmark bill, especially Delegate Brooke Lierman and Sen. Cheryl C. Kagan for their stalwart sponsorship, Speaker Mike Busch and President Mike Miller for making it a leadership priority, and our amazing partners at Trash Free Maryland for leading the charge.

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A natural solution to the climate disaster | Letters

"The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction." -RC

#RachelCarson #Stand4forests #ActOnClimate

theguardian.com Letters: Climate and ecological crises can be tackled by restoring forests and other valuable ecosystems, say scientists and activists

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As Houston choked on toxic fumes, Texas legislators targeted air quality programs

Enforcement agencies must be well funded to prevent these environmental and public health disasters.

grist.org While Houstonians were dealing with the aftermath of a chemical fire, Republican lawmakers were looking to defund the state’s air quality programs.

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TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline was flailing. Trump just revived it.

Fossil fuel interests have influence over our government at the highest level. These pipelines are devastating for our climate and devastating for the communities they cross.

grist.org On Friday, the White House issued a permit that allows TransCanada to sidestep previous court rulings.

A quick phone call can help Md ban brain-damaging chlorpyrifos - Take 1 minute to protect Md

Maryland residents: There is a crucial vote TODAY in the Senate committee to #BanChlorpyrifos, a toxic, nerve agent pesticide known to harm kids, bees and the Bay. Tell your Senators to vote YES on HB 275 with no weakening amendments! Call here: https://tinyurl.com/chlor-callnow or send an email: https://tinyurl.com/chlor-email

cqrcengage.com A quick phone call can help Md ban brain-damaging chlorpyrifos - Take 1 minute to protect Md Pass SB270 / HB275 with NO weakening amendments We passed the bill in the House!! But now face a battle in the state Senate in the coming week - make a call to weigh in now!   Call your Senator NOW and urg...

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Sen. Udall, Senate Leaders Introduce Bill to Ban Chlorpyrifos Nationwide

The long legacy of dangerous pesticides in the US stretches all the way back to when Rachel Carson wrote Silent spring.

#Chlorypirifos #banCPF

earthjustice.org A day after President Trump’s EPA once again argued for delaying its own ban of chlorpyrifos in court, Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) introduced the Protect Children, Families and Farmworkers from Nerve Agent Pesticides Act, legislation that would ban the dangerous chemical.

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New Wind and Solar Power Is Cheaper Than Existing Coal in Much of the U.S., Analysis Finds - Rachel Carson Council

New renewable energy installations are beating out coal prices in much of the US. Fossil fuels are a bad deal for consumers and a bad deal for the environment.

rachelcarsoncouncil.org The Carr Fire, in Redding, a hundred and sixty miles north of Sacramento, has incinerated over a thousand structures, most of them people’s homes.

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They Grew Up Around Fossil Fuels. Now, Their Jobs Are in Renewables. - Rachel Carson Council

As the Senate debates the Green New Deal this week, communities across the country are already adapting to the sustainable energy jobs of the future.

rachelcarsoncouncil.org the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere averaged more than 410 ppm in April, for the first time since scientists have been tracking it

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What the Northward March of Mangroves Means for Fishing, Flooding and Carbon - Rachel Carson Council

Climate change presents a critical threat to Florida Mangrove coverage:

rachelcarsoncouncil.org But the arc of climate awareness curves toward reality. Moderate Republican voters’ acceptance of human-caused warming has risen 14 points since last fall.

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Wood Pellets: Fool Us Twice? - Rachel Carson Council

Like natural gas before it, the wood pellet industry is a renewable energy scam.

Today is the International Day of Forests, and we are asking you to #Stand4forests

rachelcarsoncouncil.org When President Barack Obama said in his 2014 State of The Union address that: “natural gas – if extracted safely, it’s the bridge fuel that can power our economy with less of the carbon pollution that causes climate change,” he was one of many to praise the new and promising industry. In off...

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‘Absolutely Magical’: Southern California Sees Largest Painted Lady Migration Since 2005 - Rachel Carson Council

“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.”

Tomorrow is the International Day of Forests! Stories like these can remind us all of the beauties of wonder of nature and why it is so important for us to cherish and protect it.

rachelcarsoncouncil.org Rachel Carson, environmentalist of the twentieth century, was deeply opposed to nuclear testing and nuclear war from at least 1946.

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BURNED: Are Trees the New Coal?

Go check out the international streaming premiere of BURNED! This documentary shows the devastating impacts of the accelerating destruction of our forests by the wood pellet industry. Check it out here and consider hosting a viewing for those in your community!

#Stand4forests

linktv.org A documentary about the burning of wood at an industrial scale for energy, "BURNED: Are Trees the New Coal?" tells the little-known story of the...

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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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