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Winners of Rachel Carson Contest Announced

Release Date: 07/27/2007
Contact Information: Enesta Jones, (202) 564-4355 / jones.enesta@epa.gov

(Washington, D.C. – Friday July 27, 2007) EPA and non-profit organizations have selected the winners of this year’s Rachel Carson “A Sense of Wonder” Intergenerational Essay, Photography, and Poetry Contest. The winners include an essay entitled, “My Pal, the Blue Fir Tree," and poems titled, "The Harmony of Nature” and “Nature Walk."

The contest's intergenerational approach reflects Carson's efforts through her writings to have adults share with children a sense of wonder about nature and help them discover its joys. There were over 150 entries and more than 1,000 votes were cast. Finalists in each category were selected by an intergenerational team of judges. The public selected the winners by voting for their favorite photos, poems and essays on the Aging Initiative website.

The contest was sponsored by the U.S. EPA Aging Initiative, Generations United and the Rachel Carson Council Inc.

Born on May 27, 1907, Carson is considered the founder of the contemporary environmental movement through her landmark book, Silent Spring. Its publication is credited with causing a reversal in the nation's pesticide policy.

View the winning entries: http://www.epa.gov/aging/resources/thesenseofwonder/winners.html