A Sense of Wonder

A Sense of Wonder

Rachel Carson's Love of the Natural World and Her Fight to Defend It

DVD - 2010
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When pioneering environmentalist Rachel Carson published Silent Spring in 1962, the backlash from her critics thrust her into the center of a political maelstrom. Despite her love of privacy, Carson's convictions and her foresight regarding the risks posed by chemical pesticides forced her into a very public and controversial role. An intimate and poignant reflection of Carson's life as she emerges as America's most successful advocate for the natural world.
Publisher: [United States] :, PBS Distribution,, [2010]
ISBN: 9781608832460
Branch Call Number: DVD DRAMA SEN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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akirakato
Feb 27, 2014

This is a 54-minute interview based on the life and writings of Rachel Carson (1907-1954).
Rachel Carson was an American marine biologist and conservationist whose book Silent Spring and other writings are credited
with advancing the global environmental movement.
She began her career as an aquatic biologist in the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries, and became a full-time nature writer in the 1950s.
Late in the 1950s, Carson turned her attention to conservation, especially environmental problems that she believed were
caused by synthetic pesticides.
The result was "Silent Spring" that was published in 1962.
This book brought environmental concerns to an unprecedented share of the American people.
Although "Silent Spring" was met with fierce opposition by chemical companies, it spurred a reversal in national pesticide policy,
which led to a nationwide ban on DDT and other pesticides, and it inspired a grassroots environmental movement that led to
the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Carson was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Jimmy Carter.
It is a fascinating and thought-provoking dramatized interview.

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dprodrig
Oct 14, 2011

Based on the play, it was a great video to watch. It was a look at Rachel Carson's last years of life, talks about her voyage, her anger of her critics, her worry for her nephew. I also really enjoyed the extras, which add almost another hour of viewing material - the first part which includes interviews from a variety of environmentalists (including David Suzuki), and a look at where Roger is today.

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