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NO. R-242.  JOINT RESOLUTION designating May 27 as Rachel Carson Day.


Offered by:  Senator Condos of Chittenden District, Senator Ayer of Addison District, Senator Bartlett of Lamoille District, Senator Campbell of Windsor District, Senator Collins of Franklin District, Senator Cummings of Washington District, Senator Doyle of Washington District, Senator Dunne of Windsor District, Senator Flanagan of Chittenden District, Senator Gander of Windham District, Senator Giard of Addison District, Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans District, Senator Kitchel of Caledonia District, Senator Kittell of Franklin District, Senator Leddy of Chittenden District, Senator Lyons of Chittenden District, Senator MacDonald of Orange District, Senator Miller of Chittenden District, Senator Snelling of Chittenden District, Senator Welch of Windsor District and Senator White of Windham District.

Whereas, long before there was a broad international awareness concerning the dangers that pesticides pose to our air, water and land, the biologist and naturalist Rachel Carson warned her readers in her historic book, “Silent Spring,” that unless we change the ways we use these chemicals, the environmental consequences could prove catastrophic, and

Whereas, despite her stern warning, the quantity of pesticides used in our country and abroad has continued to grow over the years and poses a potential threat to all life forms, and

Whereas, worldwide, more than three billion kilograms of pesticides are spread annually, and

Whereas, children are uniquely vulnerable to chemical pesticides due to their developing physiology and to their habit of frequently putting their hands into their mouths, and

Whereas, chemical pesticides applied outdoors are washed into our waterways and our drinking water, and

Whereas, several types of cancer, neurological diseases, endocrine disorders and birth defects have been associated with exposure to common pesticides, and

Whereas migratory birds and pregnant women, children, asthmatics, cancer patients, elderly and other immune‑compromised people are all highly vulnerable to toxic effects of chemical pesticides, and

Whereas, May 27 would be Rachel Carson’s 98th birthday, and across the country it is being designated as a day to refrain from the use of any pesticides, and

Whereas, this one-day effort symbolizes the continuing and life‑threatening problems resulting from the use of pesticides, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly designates May 27, 2005, as Rachel Carson Day and urges Vermonters to refrain from the use of pesticides on that date and to seek alternative methods of pest management. 

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont