4/9/15

Keep Rachel Carson's Legacy Alive.
Proclaim May 27 Rachel Carson Day!

Rachel Carson 
(May 27, 1907 – April 14, 1964)

Suggested wording for your community organization, school, municipality, congregation, etc:
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Whereas we believe in the power of the individual to make a difference; and

Whereas Rachel Carson's birthday, May 27, is an annual opportunity to remember the biologist, ecologist and author and celebrate her legacy, her unabashed love of nature, and her sense of responsibility for human health and the public interest; and

Whereas, Rachel Carson taught us that our health is intimately connected to the health of our environment, and that safeguarding our ecosystem protects our health and the environmental resources on which all life depends; and

Whereas the publication of Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring in 1962 generated a worldwide environmental movement and led to the creation of the U.S. EPA, the U.S. ban on DDT, and the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act; and

Whereas Rachel Carson faced overwhelming illness and adversity, and yet retained her unwavering motivation to speak out about the hazards of pesticides until her untimely death on April 14, 1964; and​

Whereas, raising awareness of Rachel Carson's life and legacy can inspire citizens to get involved in both personal and community efforts to protect our water, food and air from contamination;

Now, therefore, be it resolved, that ​we, _______________ of the City of _____, do hereby proclaim and observe May 27 as “Rachel Carson Day” and do further call on our fellow citizens to remember the power of Rachel Carson’s words and the example of her life. Acting together ​we can protect our health and the quality of our environment by working for ecologically sound and sustainable policies and principles in our homes, schools, neighborhoods, and community.
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