Environmental Council Premieres Rachel Carson Film

The Door County Environmental Council (DCEC) will host the Door County premiere screening of A Sense of Wonder, a film about the life of author and activist Rachel Carson, on Wednesday, May 13 at 7 pm at Crossroads at Big Creek, Sturgeon Bay. There is no admission charge.

Carson has been called the “patron saint” of the modern environmental movement. In 1962 she published her seminal work, Silent Spring, which alerted the world to the dangers of chemical pesticides and launched the modern environmental movement. The chemical industry fought “that hysterical woman” to suppress the book’s publication with lawsuits and personal attacks. Carson, terminally ill with breast cancer, refused to be cowed. The book was on the bestsellers list for 86 weeks and has been translated into 30 languages. The film focuses on the last year of Carson’s life.

Carson’s legacy lives on. She was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor awarded by the government to a U.S. citizen. Her work with Congress led directly to the passage of such important laws as the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act. These laws remain pillars of U.S. environmental law.

A Sense of Wonder is a documentary-style film of a play written by and starring Kaiulani Lee, an Obie Award-winning actress from New York.

DCEC will sponsor a seminar on Purchased Development Rights as a tool for preserving wild spaces, on June 17, at 7 pm, also at Crossroads. The featured speaker will be Vicki Elkin, policy director of the Gathering Waters Conservancy, Madison, Wisconsin.

For more information visit or call Jerry Viste, executive director, at 920.743.6003.