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American Experience: Rachel Carson's Silent Spring

Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Time: 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Presented by: Loantaka Group
Leader: Eric Hausker - 732-669-0719 ericbiomass@gmail.com
Location: Library of The Chathams, 214 Main Street, Chatham, NJ 07928, USA
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With a passion for nature instilled in her at an early age, writer and biologist Rachel Carson became a fearless champion for the environment. She was a biologist for the federal government when she first noted the effects of the unregulated use of pesticides and herbicides, especially DDT. Magazines, afraid of losing advertising, refused to publish her articles. When she published Silent Spring in 1963, she was viciously attacked, called "an ignorant and hysterical woman." But her warning sparked a revolution in ecological consciousness. Susan Shirmer of the Highlands Group will lead the discussion on the film.