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LUPEC Presents

Women Environmentalists and Environmental Activists
Saturday, August 9, 2003

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On a Saturday in August 2003, LUPEC served drinks at a private event in Pittsburgh's North Hills. This natural setting inspired the theme, Women Environmentalists and Environmental Activists. Provided below are brief biographies about three of the most important women working in these areas and a list of American women writers of and about nature.

Looking for nature-inspired cocktails? Look no further.

 

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Rachael Carson - writer, scientist, ecologist (1907 – 1964)

Rachael Carson is the author of numerous books and publications, among them the groundbreaking “Silent Spring” in 1962, which gained her the title of “mother of the modern environmental movement.” Carson challenged the practices of agriculture, scientists and the government, bringing to light the environmental hazards of common post-WWII pesticides. She was attacked by the chemical industry and some in government as an alarmist, but courageously spoke out to remind us that we are a vulnerable part of the natural world subject to the same damage as the rest of the ecosystem.

To visit the Rachael Carson Homestead in Springdale, PA, call 724-274-5459

Julia Butterfly Hill - writer, activist (1974 )

In December of 1997, Julia Hill climbed into a 1,000-year-old California coast redwood tree to save it from loggers. She lived in a 6’x8’ tree house 180 feet above the ground for 738 days. Julia descended only after Pacific Lumber Co. agreed to let the tree and a 3-acre buffer zone around it stand. Subsequently, wrote “THE LEGACY OF LUNA: The Story of a Tree, a Woman, and the Struggle to Save the Redwoods” and helped found the Circle of Life Foundation to promote the sustainability, restoration, and preservation of life.

Hill has been the recipient of many honors and awards, and is a frequent speaker for environmental conferences around the world. She continues her activism still – visit her website at: http://circleoflifefoundation.org


Rosalie Edge – conservationist, feminist (1877 1962)


Rosalie Edge took her experience in the women's rights movement, her love of birds, her outrage over the behavior of the leaders of the Audubon Association, and with intelligence, persistence and wit became the role model for a generation of women no longer content to sit, breathless, by a campfire or in a city auditorium, while a man lectured on the beauties of nature and the need to preserve them. She also understood that predators have a vital role in the natural order and deserved respect and protection. Her legacy includes both the prominence of women in the environmental movement and a wildlife refuge in Pennsylvania named Hawk Mountain. You can visit their website at: www.hawkmountain.org

American Women Nature Writers

Diane Ackerman
Mary Austin
Anna Botsford Comstock
Lucy Braun
Rachel Carson
Lida Clarkson
Anne Collet
Ann Daum
Emily Dickinson
Annie Dillard
Susan Fennimore Cooper
Dian Fossey
Julia Butterfly Hill
Linda Hogan
Helen Hunt Jackson
Jane Goodall
Barbara Kingsolver
Mabel Loomis Todd
Peri McQuay
Margaret Morse Nice
Mary Rose O'Reilley
Mary Oliver
Frances Theodora Parsons
Ruth Patrick
Brenda Peterson
Janis Barbara Kingsolver
Mabel Loomis Todd
Peri McQuay
Margaret Morse Nice
Mary Rose O'Reilley
Mary Oliver
Frances Theodora Parsons
Ruth Patrick
Brenda Peterson
Janisse Ray
Pattiann Rogers
Carolyn Servid
Annick Smith
Marjory Stoneman Douglas
Terry Tempest Williams
Ann Haymond Zwinger
se Ray
Pattiann Rogers
Carolyn Servid
Annick Smith
Marjory Stoneman Douglas
Terry Tempest Williams
Ann Haymond Zwinger

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Golden Gopher

1 ½ oz Crème de Cacao
1 ½ oz Brandy
Shake with ice.
Pour into chilled cocktail glass.

Pink Squirrel

½ oz. Crème de Noyeaux
½ oz. White Crème de Cacao
2 oz. Cream
Shake with ice.
Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

Firefly

1½ oz. Vodka
2 oz. Grapefruit Juice
1 Dash Grenadine
Strain into chilled cocktail glass.
Combine in Collins glass with ice.

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