Comments on: Rachel Carson and Expanding the Conversation on Environmentalism The EPA Blog Sun, 28 Jun 2015 17:19:52 +0000 hourly 1 By: MarkWD Fri, 25 Jan 2013 12:22:15 +0000 I stumbled across your blog whilst researching in this area and just wanted to thank you for drawing my attention to Silent Spring which I have not yet read. I have decided to now!

Your points about linking environment with health are so important if the issues are to get through to the man on the street. Let’s hope they do.

By: Heidi from Wed, 28 Nov 2012 18:43:41 +0000 I’ve read over and over again that respiratory illnesses are becoming more prevalent in today’s society. As people spend more time indoors, they are prone to allergies related to poor indoor air quality from material off-gassing and harsh cleaners.

I experienced this first-hand when I moved into a newly refurbished apartment that had new paint, vinyl and carpet. From day two, I had headaches and trouble sleeping and then after a few more days, dizzy spells. Eventually, I went to stay with a friend until the apartment off-gassed and aired out enough to be tolerable. I moved out after 6 months.

Now I make sure that anyplace I move into has used the least toxic materials as possible like Zero VOC paint, wool carpet, cork etc. A healthy body is worth way more
than the few extra dollars that these products may cost. I would gladly exchange square footage for higher quality products and clean air.

By: DK-STL Sun, 30 Sep 2012 18:06:53 +0000 This past semester I studied at Oxford University where I heard from Steve Rayner and Mike Hulme who each helped write the Hartwell Paper. Both discussed the importance of framing when studying climate change. Mike Hulme spoke about why we disagree about climate change due to six different perceptions of the problem. People view climate change as a market failure, technological hazard, global injustice, overconsumption, mostly natural, or as an environmental ‘tipping point.’ Steve Rayner spoke to us about how Americans and Europeans view nature differently. In Europe people view nature as the rolling pastures coexisting with farms and people. However, in America, people view nature as something you must travel too to experience. To help expand the conversation about environmentalism in America it might help to bring up the framing issue first.