EARTH DAY 2021

Saluting Rachel Carson and A SILENT SPRING Essay and photos by Patricia Zick @PCZick “All mankind is in her debt.” Sen Abraham Rubicoff in 1964 after the death of Rachel Carson You might ask who is Rachel Carson? I had heard of her prior to moving to Pittsburgh in 2010, but I wasn’t completely awareContinue reading “EARTH DAY 2021”

Rebels with a Cause – Heroes All

There are several women whose stories have crossed my path in recent months. I’ve written about Rachel Carson and her pioneering efforts to bring controls over pesticides used indiscriminately in this country after World War II. She didn’t want to write about birds and fish dying, but the more she researched the topics, the moreContinue reading “Rebels with a Cause – Heroes All”

Where Have All the Bees Gone?

By Patricia Zick @PCZick “Mankind has gone very far into an artificial world of his own creation. He has sought to insulate himself in his cities of steel and concrete, away from the realities of earth, water, the growing seed. And intoxicated with a sense of his own power, he seems to be going fartherContinue reading “Where Have All the Bees Gone?”

Falling in Love Twice

By Patricia Zick @PCZick I fell in love twice several years ago. The first time I fell in love with my husband. The second time I fell in love with the city he called home for more than three decades:  Pittsburgh. “You’re moving where?” family and friends asked. Even strangers asked me why I wouldContinue reading “Falling in Love Twice”

Perspectives on Silent Spring

By P.C. Zick – @PCZick I recently attended a symposium on Rachel Carson’s impact fifty years after the publication of her landmark book Silent Spring.The event, sponsored by the Rachel Carson Institute at Chatham University, brought in people from around the country to discuss our world today and how it changed as a result ofContinue reading “Perspectives on Silent Spring”

Celebrate Rachel Carson and Earth Day 2012

By P.C. Zick – @PCZick The Earth Day Network  credits the publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring,  in 1962 as a “watershed moment for the modern environmental movement.” In the emerging light on the pollution we were spraying into the air, Earth Day 1970 took a share of the spotlight. That first Earth Day on AprilContinue reading “Celebrate Rachel Carson and Earth Day 2012”

No Birds Sing – A Fable for All Time

The sedge has withered from the lake, And no birds sing. John Keats (La Belle Dame Sans Merci, 1819) By P.C. Zick – @PCZick Imagine a world where the birds no longer sing from the treetops; imagine a world where the trees no longer tower above our heads; imagine a world where life is death.Continue reading “No Birds Sing – A Fable for All Time”

Who is Rachel Carson?

By P.C. Zick – @PCZick (Note: This is the first of several blogs devoted to Rachel Carson and her book Silent Spring, which was published 50 years ago.) “All mankind is in her debt,” said Sen. Abraham Rubicoff  in 1964 after receiving the news of Rachel Carson’s  death. Yesterday, when I said I was researchingContinue reading “Who is Rachel Carson?”