Friday, November 26, 2010

Film celebrates Rachel Carson


A genuine heroine will be celebrated at Tucson's Historic Fox Theatre next Friday. Rachel Carson, who battled cancer, big chemical corporations and the government in the last year of her life (she died of breast cancer in 1964), sounded the first alarms about pesticides poisoning the Earth with her 1962 book, "Silent Spring." 

The Center for Children & Nature (CCN) at Prescott College will screen "A Sense of Wonder," a film about the last year of Carson's life, when the writer/biologist brought national attention to environmental issues. Also slated for the festive evening are food, a silent auction and entertainment. It's all a fundraiser for CNN, which operates the Ironwood Tree Experience, a very cool eco-program for kids 12 through 19 (find out more about Ironwood at 

"A Sense of Wonder" aired on PBS earlier this year. Kaiulani Lee adapted the documentary-style film from her play of the same name. It was shot on location at Carson's waterfront cabin in Maine. It's worth seeing just for the landscape, but go and you'll find yourself falling in love with this feisty, passionate woman who has been dubbed the patron saint of the environmental movement. 

Tickets to the event are $20; $10 for children 12 to 18. The fun starts at 5:30 p.m., and the film screens at 8 p.m. at the Fox, 17 W. Congress St. Get tickets at 319-9868. Originally published by KATHLEEN ALLEN, ARIZONA DAILY STAR. 

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Note: Next Friday is global No Pesticide Use Day!

Launched in 1998 by Pesticide Action Network International, December 3 was designated Global No Pesticides Use Day in memory of the 1984 disaster in Bhopal , India. For more information please refer to

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