Whitewash makes it clear that we have forgotten the lessons rachel carson taught us 55 years ago trying to dominate nature with synthetic pesticides is a recipe for health and environmental destruction. Explore earths most precious, mysterious resourcethe oceanwith the author of silent spring. The prize is awarded to a woman who has distinguished herself in outstanding work for the environment in norway or internationally. The carson prize is named after writer, scientist, and ecologist rachel carson 19071964, author of numerous books including the edge of the sea 1955 and help your child to wonder 1956. The society of environmental journalists 1629 k street nw, suite 300, washington, dc 20006 telephone. Silent spring, released in 1962, offered the first shattering look at widespread ecological degradation and touched off an environmental awareness that still exists. Its in our food, our water, our air, soil and our own bodies. Designated october 26, 2012, at chatham university in pittsburgh, pennsylvania. Carsons scientific perspective and rigor created a work of substantial depth and credibility that sparked widespread debate within the scientific community and. The society of environmental journalists rachel carson book award, second place. Mar 31, 2018 the book won a national book award, stayed on the new york times bestseller list for 81 weeks and ended up being translated into 32 languages. Sejs annual awards for reporting on the environment have included a book category since 2008. Rachel carson was an american biologist well known for her writings on environmental pollution and the natural history of the sea.
We are delighted to announce that the 2019 rachel carson prize goes to aya. The book list is separated into three sections, books by rachel carson, books about rachel carson and a highly recommended books about environmental studies and associated subjects. Sejs journalism contest is the worlds largest and most comprehensive awards for journalism on environmental topics. An exploration of marine life that takes us into a truly extraordinary world the atlantic monthly. Her bestknown book, silent spring, led to a presidential commission that largely. She is considered to be one of the most influential people in the birth of the environmental movement throughout the 1960s and 1970s, and her work and achievements are wellrespected. Sej 16th annual awards for reporting on the environment. Rachel carson prize society for social studies of science. Her book, silent spring 1962, became one of the most influential books in the modern environmental movement and provided the impetus for tighter control of pesticides, including ddt. The unnatural history of the sea by callum roberts. Rachel carson council the rachel carson council, an association for the integrity of the environment, was founded in 1965 to continue the work of rachel carson. Sejs 2018 distinguished judges kevin carmody award for outstanding investigative reporting, large market first place bombs in our backyard by abrahm lustgarten, lena groeger, ryann grochowski jones, sisi wei, ashley gilbertson, ranjani chakraborty and lucas waldron for propublica.
Biologist rachel carson alerted the world to the environmental impact of fertilizers and pesticides. It is picked up as a selection of the scientific book club, but outbreak of wwii impacts sales and the book goes out of print in 1946. The rachel carson award is bestowed only once every four years at a setac world congress and was initiated on the 25 th anniversary of the publication of silent spring. National book award in 1951 for her bestseller the sea around us, which is a poetic meditation on the science and history of the sea. Turku book award rachel carson center for environment. Prior to that, she was honored with audubons rachel carson award in 2004. Commemorative booklet pdf rachel carsons silent spring, published in 1962, was a landmark in the development of the modern environmental movement. Nominations may be made by 4s members or book publishers. Just as carsons storytelling vehicle was ddt, monsantos glyphosate herbicide, known commonly by consumers as roundup, is the focus now. The american chemical society designated the legacy of rachel carsons silent spring as a national historic chemical landmark at chatham university in pittsburgh, pennsylvania, on october 26, 2012. Because of her work, she is considered a pioneer in the modern environmental movement. But none came close to dan fagins masterpiece, toms river.
A marine biologist and nature writer, rachel carson catalyzed the global environmental movement with her 1962 book silent spring. Since 1998, the society for social studies of science has awarded an annual rachel carson book prize for a book length work of social or political relevance in the area of science and technology studies. It is presented in stavanger, norway, every two years. The american society for environmental history has awarded the rachel carson prize for best dissertation since 1993. Bureau of fisheries, and became a fulltime nature writer in. The love for nature was instilled in rachel by her mother when she was still a child. Honorees are drawn from diverse backgrounds, including the worlds of journalism, academics, business, science, entertainment. Rachel louise carson may 27, 1907 april 14, 1964 was an american marine biologist, author, and conservationist whose book silent spring and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement. The text of the plaque commemorating the development reads.
Sejs journalism contest is the worlds largest and most comprehensive awards for journalism on environmental topics the judges had a difficult time selecting winners from among the truly great entries submitted this year. She did her homework, she minded her english, and she cared. Although the program crossed the line from biography to hagiography, in carsons case, the unbridled praise was well deserved with one exception. The society of environmental journalists each year honors journalists for the best articles, radio broadcasts and videos in seven categories, this time naming winners for work released during the year beginning march 1, 2017, and february 28, 2018.
The award is named after the city of turku, finland, where it was awarded for. Rachel carson biography childhood, life achievements. Rachel carson was an introverted leader who helped launch a global environmental movement though silent spring that still inspires readers today and there are numerous lessons we can learn from her uplifting leadership. The rachel carson prize is an environmental award, to be given to a woman for her environmental involvement. The rachel carson prize rachel carsonprisen is an international environmental award, established in stavanger, norway in 1991 to commemorate the. Tar sands by andrew nikiforuk, doubt is their product by david michaels, lake effect by nancy. Rachel carson was a scientist and science writer who through her literary skills increased awareness among the public for the natural world and potential threats to that world. In the summer of 1962 the prestigious new yorker magazine published excerpts from a sensational new book by rachel carson, americas bestselling science writer and a former marine biologist and editor for the u.
The book appeared in september of that year and the outcry that followed its publication forced the banning of ddt and spurred revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land, and water. First published a halfcentury ago, rachel carsons awardwinning the sense of wonder remains the classic guide to introducing children to the marvels of nature in 1955, acclaimed conservationist rachel carsonauthor of silent spring began work on an essay that she would come to consider one of her lifes most important projects. The society of environmental journalists rachel carson environment book award. The award continues to garner attention from the literary world as an esteemed award, bringing recognition to authors, but more importantly, providing the. Over 147 winning and honor books have been honored since 2005.
Her widely praised 1951 bestseller the sea around us won her a u. A nonfiction book that covers an environmental topic and was published in print or electronically in 2019. Rachel louise carson was an american marine biologist, author, and conservationist whose book silent spring and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement. Americas water crisis and what to do about it by robert glennon.
The rachel carson award honorees meet the current winners and those from years past the rachel carson awards mission is to recognize female environmental leaders, inscribe their work on historical record, promote womens roles in the environmental movement, and inspire girls and young women in environmental careers and activism. The story of a weed killer, cancer, and the corruption of science first place winner 2018 sej rachel carson environmental book award. Winners of the rachel carson environment book award award. Apr 10, 2020 rachel carsons first book, under the seawind, was published in 1941. With more than one million copies sold, rachel carsons the sea around us became a cultural phenomenon when first published in 1951 and cemented carsons status as the preeminent natural history writer of her time. Her influential silent spring 1962 became a best seller. Fascinated by science in college, she changed her major from english to biology at a time when women were thought to be intellectually unfit to understand science or have. Millions died thanks to the mother of environmentalism. Books may be renominated until their eligibility expires. Rachel carson biography childhood, children, death. Rachel carson, known for her book silent spring, began her career in the environmental world at an early age. She has been credited with launching the contemporary environmental movement and awakening the concern of americans for the environment. Rachel carson environment book award first place toms river. Books are listed in order of publication within each section.
Rachel carsons silent spring, published in 1962, was a landmark in the development. Enter a published nonfiction book covering a topic of environment journalism, published between jan. Carson, already a successful and muchadmired writer on natural history, knew that what was contained within the pages of her polemic against indiscriminate use of pesticides was certain to set off a strong. Many of the 36 books judged in this years rachel carson book award category were strong contenders for one reason or another. Outlining the dangers of chemical pesticides, the book led to a nationwide ban on ddt and other pesticides and sparked the movement that ultimately led to the creation of the us environmental protection agency epa. The useful links, from acid rain to zoos database contains more than 1,500 web sites useful for environmental reporters, archived on sejs old web site. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. It seeks to inform and advise the public about the effects of pesticides that threaten the health, welfare, and survival of living organisms and biological systems. The gentle subversive is an easy book to read, providing a logical and interesting account of the development of rachel carson as a writer and as the eventual spokeswomansymbol for the environmental movement of the 1960s and beyond.
Bureau of fisheries, and became a fulltime nature writer in the 1950s. She was born on may 27,1907 in springdale pennsylvania and died on april 14, 1964. Art work is by howard frech, an artist carson worked with at the baltimore sun. Kimuras book contributes to the fields of feminist science studies, food studies. Rachel carson was an american biologist and writer whose book silent spring awakened the public to the dangers of pollution and its impact on the environment.
Rachel carsons book focused on the poisons from insecticides, weed killers, and other common products as well as the use of sprays in agriculture, a practice that led to dangerous chemicals to the food source. Rachel carson prize environmentalist award wikipedia. Turku book award rachel carson center for environment and. Waters was a corecipient, with kofi annan, of the harvard center for health and the global environments global environmental citizen award. Rachel carson was a scientist and science writer who through her literary skills increased awareness among the public for the natural world and potential threats to that. Although the program crossed the line from biography to hagiography, in carsons case, the unbridled praise was well deserved with. Silent spring rachel carson 40th anniversary edition, 2002 the 1962 publication of silent spring, by marine biologist and nature writer rachel carson, was an event of enormous significance not only for the world of publishing but, much more importantly, for the world itself. The sense of wonder 1965 was published posthumously. The turku book prize is a joint prize from the european society for environmental history eseh and the rachel carson. The rachel carson award is awarded each spring by the national audubon societys women in conservation to recognize women whose immense talent, expertise, and energy greatly advance conservation and the environmental movement locally and globally. The book solidified carsons position as americas top nature writer and soon became a literary. Turku book award the turku book prize is a joint prize from the european society for environmental history eseh and the rachel carson center for environment and society rcc. The rachel carson prize rachel carson prisen is an international environmental award, established in stavanger, norway in 1991 to commemorate the achievements of environmentalist rachel carson and to award efforts in her spirit. Rachel carson was one of the pioneering modern environmentalists whose research papers and books have helped to create awareness about environmental pollution.
Perhaps david browner, an eminent conservationist in his own right, best summed up rachel carsons achievement. The prize is named after the marine biologist rachel carson 19071964 to commemorate her brave action to warn against hazardous use of pestizides and their harm to the balance in. The award is named in honor of rachel carson, a monumental figure of the 20th century and the undisputed founder of the modern environmental movement. The rachel carson awards mission is to recognize female environmental leaders, inscribe their work on historical record, promote womens roles in the environmental movement, and inspire girls and young women in environmental careers and activism. First place winner 2018 sej rachel carson environmental book award read more. In silent spring carson argued that humankind was fatally tampering with nature by its reckless misuse of chemical pesticides, particularly the ubiquitous. The rachel carson prize rachel carsonprisen is an international environmental award, established in stavanger, norway in 1991 to commemorate the achievements of environmentalist rachel carson and to award efforts in her spirit. Its the most widely used herbicide in all of human history, and while farmers and homeowners alike use it regularly, this pesticide carries an array of dangers the corporations that profit from it. Rachel louise carson was an american marine biologist and conservationist whose book silent spring and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement. Rachel carson environment book award winners goodreads. Rachel carson was a worldrenowned marine biologist, author and environmentalist who served as an aquatic biologist and editorinchief for the u. Rachel carsons first book, under the seawind, was published in 1941.
From the national book awardwinning author of silent spring. You must demonstrate excellence in science and writing with an interest in environmental issues to be eligible for this award. The rachel carson awards council was founded by allison whipple rockefeller in 2004. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading the gentle subversive. The society of environmental journalists is proud to present the winners of the 20162017 awards for reporting on the environment. The green earth book award is the nations first environmental stewardship book award for children and young adult books.
Carson began her career as an aquatic biologist in the u. The rachel carson prize is an environmental award, to be given to a woman for. First, we see that individual citizens can truly ignite change in the world through their own simple acts of writing, teaching, guiding, and so on. Rachel carson, silent spring, and the rise of the environmental movement new narratives in american history kindle edition by lytle, mark hamilton. Turku book award european society for environmental history. She was born in the small town of springdale, near pittsburgh, pennsylvania and had loved the natural world since childhood. National book award winner and new york times bestseller. Before rachel carsons book silent spring was serialized in the magazine the new yorker in 1962, she made sure that her book publisher, houghton mifflin, had good libel insurance.1538 1310 986 106 328 140 112 147 895 1341 745 1188 1082 432 539 546 738 1598 1361 718 1307 1381 1387 95 756 655 672 381 1019 479