Thursday, April 19, 2012

Rachel Carson and Climate Dots

TODAY!  USM is hosting a celebration of Rachel Carson's groundbreaking work and an inquiry into the "what next" for environmental health and safety.  I must admit, Sandra Steingraber's words to us 2 years ago are seared in my head -- we just don't get to choose not to care about this issue.

Rachel Carson: A Life in Perspective

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the publication of the groundbreaking book, Silent Spring, the USM Department of Environmental Science will celebrate Rachel Carson’s connections to Maine and her impact on contemporary society with a panel discussion highlighting the influence of Rachel Carson on the lives of current female environmental leaders in Maine, including:

Lisa Pohlmann, NRCM Executive Director
Pattie Aho, DEP Commissioner
Michele Dionne, Wells National Estuarine Research Preserve
Melissa Walsh Innes, Maine State Representative (D-N. Yarmouth)
Amanda Sears, Environmental Health Strategy Center

Moderator: Naomi Schalit, Executive Director, Pinetree Watchdog

Thursday, April 19, 2012, beginning at 5:00 p.m.
Hannaford Hall on the USM Portland campus
Co-sponsored by the USM Women & Gender Studies Program. FMI visit

AND, if you then leave wishing for action, check out
Climate Impacts Day 5/5/12

a growing project to bring people (of all ages and sizes) together for a kayaking & land based fun event on 5/5 at the East End Beach -- more details to come - or sign up here!