In 1962, Rachel Carson raised important questions about humankind’s impact on nature with the publication of her seminal work Silent Spring. On Jan. 29th, the National Aviary will host the Pittsburgh premiere of The Power of One Voice: A 50-Year Perspective on the Life of Rachel Carson, a documentary that examines the conservationist’s legacy and the continuing implications of her environmental work.
Carson is widely regarded as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. She grew up in Springdale, Pennsylvania, where she witnessed first-hand the beauty and genius of nature juxtaposed with the ecological devastation caused by industrialization. Her widely recognized talent as a writer, combined with her deep knowledge of the natural world, made her a potent advocate for the use of precaution when working with biological systems. Her best-selling book, Silent Spring, awoke the environmental consciousness of America with poignant words of caution in the face of rapidly advancing scientific progress.
The Power of One Voice pulls insights from a variety of speakers at the 50th anniversary celebration of Silent Spring held at Chatham University and the National Aviary in 2012. Rachel Carson’s adopted son, Roger Christie, her biographer, Linda Lear, and other notable writers, scientists and advocates reflect on the impact and lessons learned from her life and work. Additional interviews include professor Louis Guillette, author Scott Weidensaul, U.S. Fish and Wildlife historian Mark Madison, journalist Don Hopey, and Patricia DeMarco, Director Emerita of the Rachel Carson Institute at Chatham University. The film was produced by Blue Lens in association with the Steeltown Entertainment Project.
The Power of One Voice will screen at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. A filmmaker Q&A will follow at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15, $10 for students, and are available for purchase at Eventbrite.