Seacoast towns paying tribute to Rachel Carson

Area groups taking year-long look at legacy of 'Silent Spring'
YORK, Maine — A consortium of York and regional environmental groups have banded together to offer a yearlong look at the legacy of scientist and environmental activist Rachel Carson, on the 50th anniversary of her book "Silent Spring."

This Thursday evening, a live video conference will be offered at the York Public Library of a panel discussion being held at the Portland Public Library. Scientists and researchers from throughout the state will explore the impacts and implications of "Silent Spring."

Published in 1962, "Silent Spring" documented the detrimental effects of pesticides on the environment, particularly birds. It has long been credited with launching the modern environmental movement.

Carson lived in Maine during part of her life, and the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1966 along the coast between Kittery and Cape Elizabeth.

The recent local focus on Carson began with York Reads, a York group headed by York Public Library Director Robert Waldman, which picks a book each year for the community to read.

Waldman said when they were discussing what book to chose for the 2012-13 year, which begins in the fall, someone mentioned "Silent Spring."

"I said it seems to me if we're going to do that, we have to get the community involved," said Waldman. "Each person got in touch with someone else and before you knew it, we had quite a significant group."

The group now includes the Center for Wildlife, Cornerstones for Science, the Mount Agamenticus Conservation Program, the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, RiverRun Bookstore, White Pines Program, York Adult Education, York School Department, York Art Association, Greater York Chamber of Commerce, York Energy Efficiency Committee, York Land Trust, the York Rivers Association, and Gateway to Maine: Outside.

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Upcoming events

• Dec. 6: Video conference at York Public Library about "Silent Spring." 7-9 p.m., "Silent Spring: 50 Years Later." The panelists will discuss the legacy of the book from scientific, historical and literary approaches. Included will be marine biologists, scientists and oceanographers.

• Dec. 11: Center for Wildlife: "Celebrating Rachel Carson: Exploring unseen connections between wilflife and human health." 6-7:30 p.m.

• Jan 18: Film "Living Downstream," York Public Library

• Feb. 15: Film "The Story of Stuff," York Public Library

• March 8: Film "Mother, Caring for 7 Billion," York Public Library