Earth Day Science on the Spot
The original Earth Day came just eight years after Rachel Carson published Silent Spring which alerted readers to many ecological perils. Earth Day in turn helped spawn new environmental awareness and laws leading to banning DDT and other dangers that put a number of species under threat of extinction. Society has made some progress but many species still face extinction threats, and the need for research and protection of species has not diminished.
In this edition of Science on the Spot, we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. We'll focus on on the human role in stewardship and conservation of our planet: the story of the the people, the plants and animals that inhabit it. Our collections staff will share some images of objects in our collections along with stories of tragedy and hope that accompany them.