Rachel Carson Day Proclamations
Rachel Carson Council has contacted private citizens and government officials across the nation asking them to join us in proclaiming May 27th Rachel Carson Day. So far forty-four proclamations from localities in thirty-three states and the District of Columbia have been proclaimed.
Special events have accompanied some of the Rachel Carson Day proclamations. Here are some highlights. In Washington State the proclamation was made in conjunction with International Women’s Day. In Santa Fe, New Mexico elementary school children were invited to City Hall to accept the proclamation from the mayor. In Prescott, Arizona the proclamation was presented at an Earth Day Festival. In many states Rachel Carson Day has been a day when citizens were asked to refrain from using pesticides and to seek alternative methods of pest management.
The Rachel Carson Day Proclamation from Carrboro, North Carolina reflected the town’s health-based outlook, as the following paragraph shows:
“Carrboro has honored Rachel Carson’s work through its environmental policies and practices, including its Least Toxic Integrated Pest Management Program which avoids the use of conventional pesticides on town property including lawns, parks, sports fields and buildings, including Town Hall and the Century Center.”
Seattle, Washington’s mayor, Gregory J. Nickels, added a strong personal statement to his city’s proclamation:
“I encourage everyone to join me in the celebration of Rachel Carson’s life by taking action to eliminate the use of toxic pesticides in our communities.”
Seattle has also designated some parks pesticide-free.
Joy Austin-Lane, a city council member from Takoma Park, Maryland, successfully sponsored a resolution that concluded:
“…we invite residents throughout Takoma Park to observe this day, the birth date of Rachel Carson, by refraining from using chemical pesticides on this day and ask residents for their cooperation in seeking alternate methods of pest management.”
In Lawrence, Kansas, Mayor Highberger proclaimed
“…Friday, Ma y27 to be Rachel Carson Day and [urged] citizens of Lawrence to cooperate in seeking alternative methods of pest management by refraining from using chemical pesticides on this day.”
When discussing pesticide use in the Kansas City Star, Mayor Highberger also reported,
“Lawrence Parks and Recreation has done a good job of lowering the amount of pesticides … they use, but I think we can still go farther.”
In Wisconsin with the Proclamation from Madison’s Mayor Cieslewicz he stated;
“…Madison, Wisconsin does hereby proclaim… Rachel Carson Day in the City of Madison in honor of her prophetic work and urges all residents of Madison to focus their attention on the potentially serious hazards associated with chemical pesticides by refraining from using chemical pesticides on this day.”
A hopeful indication for future generations came from New Jersey when an outstanding 11 year old boy received the 2005 proclamation for Cape May, New Jersey. This young student stated:
“Rachel Carson was one of the first environmental activists to speak out against pesticide bug spraying … The world was too naïve to realize what was happening… That’s why Rachel Carson took it upon herself to warn … of the harm being caused. Many people condemned her… but her warnings about DDT and many pesticides turned out to be true, and still are. Maybe if people read this book [Silent Spring] today, they would learn of the downside of pesticides.”
We at Rachel Carson Council are very pleased that so many communities across the country have chosen to recognize Rachel Carson on the day of her birth. We hope many more communities will honor Ms. Carson and by doing so, will help to educate all our citizens about the potential risks associated with chemical pesticide use. We believe greater citizen awareness about Rachel Carson and the important work she accomplished will inspire others to follow in her footsteps.
If you would like to sponsor a Rachel Carson Day where you live, please do not hesitate to contact us. We would be more than happy to help you. Also you can look at our "Reasons to Celebrate Rachel Carson Day", and our sample proclaimation.
Below is a summary of states that have chosen to celebrate Rachel Carson Day in the past.