Sandra Steingraber on Rachel Carson05/09/07 Mitch E.Perry
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Rachel Carson’s book, “Silent Spring” has been called the literary work that launched the modern environmental movement. Published in 1962, the pivotal tract alerted a large audience to the environmental and human dangers of indiscriminate use of pesticides, spurring revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land and water.
This year, in honor of the 100th anniversary of Rachel Carson’s birth, publisher Houghton Miflin has just released “Courage for the Earth”, in which writers, scientists and activists celebrate the life and writings of Rachel Carson.
Among those contributing to the tribute is Al Gore, and Sandra Steingraber, a biologist and author of several books on the environment, including “Living DownStream”, which some people have called the modern update of “Silent Scream”. WMNF asked her about how far the country has come in dealing with pesticides (roll tape#1 o.q.”and very fresh”)That’s writer and biologist Sandra Steingraber, who has contributed to a new collection of essays inspired by Rachel Carson, entitled, “Courage for the Earth: Writers, Scientists, and Activists Celebrate the Life and Writing of Rachel Carson”. Rachel Carson was born 100 years ago, in 1907. She died in 1964, at the age of 56.