Rachel Carson honored, explained in new movie

Watch for it on a screen near you.  Or buy the DVD.

“A Sense of Wonder” won praise at film festivals over the past few months, and now has premiered in a 100-city tour designed to get some attention for a near-documentary film, during National Women’s History Month.

Actress Kaiulani Lee painted her one-woman show on Rachel Carson on the big screen.  The movie tells the story of Rachel Carson and the tremendous growth of environmental consciousness and activism following her 1962 book Silent Spring. Karen Montgomery produced, Christopher Monger directed, cinematography was done by Haskell Wexler (two-time Oscar winner, for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and Bound for Glory).

(A screening is planned in Dallas on March 31 for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) — but it’s a private screening.  Only four other screenings in Texas have been scheduled.)

To find a screening near you, go to the “Sense of Wonder” interactive website, and click on “Screenings.”  From there, either click on the list of sites, listed by date, at “100-city tour,” or click on the interactive map to find a site near you.  You may also sign up to sponsor a screening.

The title for the movie comes from a passage Carson wrote, which worked into a title for her book, The Sense of Wonder:

If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantments of later years, the sterile preoccupation with things that are artificial, the alienation from the sources of our strength.

Junk science advocates continue their international campaign of calumny and falsehoods against Carson and restrictions on the use of DDT.  It would be good if this movie could get a circulation to persuade people to the facts of the matter.


6 Responses to Rachel Carson honored, explained in new movie

  1. Ed Darrell says:

    Not as stupidly sure of himself as Bird. When I challenged him to provide any evidence, you’ll note, Politech disappeared.

    Nothing a would-be despot fears quite so much as open discussion and free debate, with facts.


  2. Nick Kelsier says:

    Oh look…graemebird created a new name….

    Poli, why do you hate Africans and Asians so much that you want to condemn them to long suffering deaths due to cancer


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  4. Ed Darrell says:

    Nothing Rachel Carson wrote in Silent Spring has ever been challenged by research in a research journal.

    I sound desperate? You’re the one who cites voodoo science from the internet instead of hard science from research labs.

    I’ll give you this challenge: Tell me one thing Rachel Carson wrote that was wrong, and back it up with a solid reference to a research journal.

    And I’ll offer you this opportunity: Prove I’m wrong when I note that Steven Milloy is a liar about bird deaths — cite for us the research that shows DDT does NOT kill the birds.

    If you’re wise, you’ll noodle around this site and see whether I’ve already debunked any study you might think of posting.

    Nothing you have cited in favor of DDT, or against Rachel Carson, would survive a Tenderfoot rank board of review for an 11-year-old Boy Scout. It all fails the first point of the Scout Law.

    Go ahead, bring the research to support your side. I’m real big on real science.

    But I hate falsehoods and hoaxes in science. They kill people. 500,000 children a year dead because of voodoo science claiming DDT could have saved them. Show us the error of our ways.

    And, Politech, one thing we don’t do here is shut off comments just to avoid criticism. With the facts on our side, we can afford discussion here. Truth wins in a fair fight, and we’ll not give up the fight just because of unfairness on the part of our opponents.


  5. PoliTech says:

    Why do you hate human life Ed? Why do you hate poor African children? Your defense of Carson’s debunked hypotheses seems desperate.

    You may just as well support the creationists.

    Magical thinking is all the same, whether by wacky Christians teaching that some carpenter rode a dinosaur, or by oddball Gaia worshipers dancing in the moonlight.

    Sacrificing ones credibility on the alter of superstition is often the unfortunate result of blind ideology.


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