"Knowing what I do, there would be no future peace for me if I kept silent... It is, in the deepest sense, a privilege as well as a duty to speak out to many thousands of people..." —Rachel Carson
Rachel Carson

The Rachel Carson Council, an association for the integrity of the environment, founded in 1965, 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 Council promotes alternative, environmentally benign pest management strategies to encourage healthier, sustainable living. ...more

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Rachel Carson at Fracking Rally?

Rachel Carson did not write about fracking. But she was deeply concerned about air pollution, water pollution, and worried about the earliest reports of global climate change. Fracking, the common term for the process of hydraulic fracturing, makes all these things worse. Nearly 1,000 activists rallied on a scorching (93º F.) and humid Washington day in front of the U.S. Capitol. ...more

More on Fracking: Costs Outweigh Benefits

States With Fracking See Surge In Earthquake Activity

New Comprehensive
Fracking Compendium

A new comprehensive compendium of the scientific, medical and media findings demonstrating the risks and harms of fracking has been assembled by Concerned Health Professionals of New York. The document is systemactically organized in a manner accessible to researchers, public officials, journalists and the public at large. ...more


A new study links pregnant women in California living near areas treated with pesticides to children with autism spectrum disorder. ...more



Pope Francis Called For More Respect for Nature in an Address at the University of Molise, Italy ...more

Stewards of the Earth: Local Churches Going Green as Part of Their Faith ...more

Rabbi Moti Rieber travels the politically red state of Kansas armed with the book Genesis, a Psalm and even the words of Jesus Christ to lecture church audiences and occasionally sermonize if they'll let him, about the threat of global warming ...more

Find out more with the new RCC Report Behind the Wall!

New RCC Report
on Climate Change

Ideal for classrooms, colleges, congregations, and individuals who want to understand the origins of religious environmentalism and how to work with religious Americans who care about global climate change.  Available as a free download, Behind the Wall: American Religion and Global Climate Change is the latest authoritive, yet readable report from the Rachel Carson Council and its President and CEO, Dr. Robert K. Musil ...more


Jelly fish in
Maine this summer?

The early summer invasion appears to be heavier than normal this year, surprising some and distressing others ...more

Our colleagues at the Environmental Defense Fund have developed an incredible data map to find out where natural gas (methane—a potent greenhouse gas) is leaking in three major U.S. cities. Take a look


Rachel Carson was deeply concerned about nuclear testing and nuclear weapons during her life, writing eloquently about the dangers of fallout, nuclear wastes, and tests.

The Council for A Livable World released a public letter to President Obama expressings concern about his nuclear non-proliferation policies. The letter was signed by 100 nationally-recognized experts in nuclear issues including RCC President and CEO, Dr. Robert K. Musil, former head of Physicians for Social Responsibiity, the SANE Education Fund, and the Professionals' Coalition for Nuclear Arms Control.

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Rachel Carson Council in California

The Rachel Carson Council sponsored its second California tour from April 22-25, during Earth Week, in Los Angeles and San Diego as part of its 50th anniversary commemoration of Rachel Carson's untimely death from breast cancer on April 14, 1964 ...more


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You shop. Amazon gives directly to the RCC! The Rachel Carson Council is now eligible for funding from the AmazonSmile Foundation! Further details


Rachel Carson and Her Sisters 2014 — Lecture and Book Appearances by RCC President Bob Musil

In Rachel Carson and Her Sisters, Robert K. Musil redefines the achievements and legacy of environmental pioneer and scientist Rachel Carson ..more



Rachel Carson's work helped save our majestic national emblem

DDT was thinning egg shells so eaglets were not hatching. Now check this live web cam to see live eagles and eaglets on the nest! Download our new no cost Bald Eagle booklet (see below) for classes or your kids.


Bald Eagles
Symbol of Our Nation

This 12 page publication is loaded with facts, games and more. Removing one chemical, DDT, from the environment contributed in large measure to the recovery of the nation's symbol and most beloved bird ...more




Rachel Carson is famous for her best-selling environmental writing. She ignited the modern ecogical movement. But Rachel also linked professors, doctors, public health specialists, and more on campuses around the nation.

The Rachel Carson Council carries on Rachel Carson's legacy and has begun to build today's network of Rachel Carson Campuses.

Join with us today and find out more about how your campus can connect to the Rachel Carson Campus network ...more

Featured Campus: San Diego State

San Diego State and the College of Environmental Design have recently joined the Rachel Carson Campus Network ...more

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health joins the Rachel Carson on Campus Network ...more



Compendium of Pesticide Information

Songs for the Earth - A Tribute to Rachel Carson

35 Insecticides Used Around Dogs and Cats

Golf At A Crossroads

Rachel Carson Poster

Global Climate Change

No Toxins Lawn Sign


Special Donations to RCC

Occasionally donations are made to the Rachel Carson Council, in memory of or in honor of friends, relatives or special pets. You can find a list of these Special Donations here

Past Issues and News Items

Looking Ahead... News and Events

07/16/14: Dr. Musil Heads to Austin, TX

RCC President and CEO Dr. Robert K. Musil heads to St. Edward's University in Austin, TX September 22-26