NWNL RECOMMENDS:  Rachel Carson – A PBS Film

Tomorrow I leave to document India’s arid Rajasthan communities and the Ganges River for NWNL. Last night I saw a moving PBS film on RACHEL CARSON. She investigated nature and she instigated change. Her epic book Silent Spring (1962) was an early tipping point in environmental awareness – and very timely today.

This PBS Rachel Carson film is $17.99 via Smile-Amazon, where you can tag our NWNL sponsor International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) to be recipient of 0.5% of your purchases!!! No drop is too small.

WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT RACHEL CARSON:

–She was insatiably curious, working for US Fish & Wildlife before and while writing her books.

–While acknowledging the benefits of science, she raised “the hidden costs of what we are doing.” She publicized the unexpected CONSEQUENCES of DDT killing mosquitos and insect pests: fish and bird kills, and targeted insects’ resistance to DDT.

–Counterbalancing the focus on the immediate toxicity of DDT and radiation, she addressed longer-term impacts.

– She poetically and boldly wrote of us as PART of Nature - able to benefit from, change, and destroy Nature. Long before climate-change concerns, she noted life is fragile and mutable.

WHAT I KNOW: Rachel Carson’s foes have not gone quiet. Today she’d still demand we face the long-term consequences of humankind’s heavy footprint.

WHAT I DON’T KNOW: Will we heed Rachel Carson’s message? As Joe Donnelly asked, “How will we live? Can we surrender some of what we’ve taken? … Or, will we continue to insist the land and all that’s on it, under it and over it is ours to do with as we please?” (Orion Magazine)

PLEASE: Do yourself, PBS, iLCP and the planet a favor: Order the PBS Carson DVD – and Silent Spring, if you haven’t read it! (Or watch online).

[Published January 27, 2017]