"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
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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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Is Your Child's School Protecting Them From Pesticide Chemcials?

Did you know that Maryland was the first state in the country to pass a law that established pesticides as a public health issue for children attending public schools? While it is a well-known fact that pesticides are impacting our children, there aren't many laws that actually protect our children from those toxic chemicals. But there is GOOD news ...more

Faculty joins students in the call for divestment. We're going streaking!

You may have already heard: Students concerned about climate change are demanding that university endowments divest from fossil fuel companies. A handful of institutions have already committed to divestment, and many others have at least offered comprimises ...Full article

Is nuclear power renewable?
Not if you look at where uranium comes from...

India's Nuclear Nightmare:
The Village of Birth Defects

Indian court trying to unravel mystery of sick and disabled children, miscarriages and fatal cancers around country's first uranium mine ...Full article

Pesticide Lobbyists are working hard to defeat any restictions on the use of lawn pesticides solely for cosmetic purposes in Montgomery County, MD

Safe Grow Montgomery asks supporters, members and friends to contact the Montgomery County Council and tell them you want to see the Council restrict cosmetic lawn pesticides, to protect the Chesapeake Bay, our children, wildlife and pets from uneccessary exposure. The pesticide lobby latest strategy session to stop a bill and overwhelm the County Council with their supports is at this link.
The petition is here

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

Part 6 of Winged Warnings
Toxic gulls: Québec's contaminated bird colony offers clues about flame retardants

By Brian Bienkowski, Staff Writer, Environmental Health News

September 2, 2014

DESLAURIERS ISLAND, Québec - There are no homes, few trees and no real reason for any human to visit this 45-acre hunk of clay and dirt. Gulls run this island, their screaming audible for miles, their guano covering every square foot.

From afar it seems inconsequential, a barren landscape crumbling around its edges after decades of battering from high water and giant ships. Yet it is the focal point of research exploring the health effects of widely used chemicals that have contaminated animals, people and the environment around the globe ...more

Winged Warnings Parts 1 - 5

MIT Study Suggest that
Health Benefits of Reducing Emissions Outweigh Costs Involved

Cutting carbon emissions from sources like power plants and vehicles can lower asthma rates and other health problems, a new study finds.

Many state have back out from implementing carbon emission reduction policies because of the high costs involved. However, a new study suggest that the health benefits that comes from breathing cleaner air more than makes up for these costs. The MIT study looked at 3 policies achieving the same reductions in the U.S. They found that the savings on health care spending and other costs related to illness can be big ...more

Sign the Faith Climate Petition and Call on U.S. Political Leaders to Act on Climate!

On September 23, heads of state from around the world will be gathering in New York City for a special UN climate summit. Together with an international movement, religious communities are rising up with love to show support for a strong global treaty that will ensure a save and livable climate ...more

Great, hard to locate government climate reports
pulled together by the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) where RCC's Bob Musil is on the Advisory Board.

There has been an outpouring of reports from both domestic and international governmental bodies supporting the existence, causes, and need for action concerning climate change ...more

Unprecedented Investigation Finds Pennsylvania Prioritizes Fracking at Expense of Health, Environment & Law

Pennsylvania has been a hot spot for fracking—and many consequences of this from gas drilling in the state have come to light, from social to health to environmental costs, as well as controversies including contaminated drinking water in the town of Dimock, gag orders on doctors and victims, and the state health department's enforced silence on practice ...Full article

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

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Here's 27 easy ways to prevent mosquitos from breeding. Did you know that mosquitos can breed in any container capable of holding a teaspoon of water?  Other possible breeding sites are bird baths, potted plants with saucers and gutters ...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

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

Support the Rachel Carson Council by shopping on-line at smile.amazon.com

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'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


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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