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EPA Holds Annual Rachel Carson Contest

Naturally, we assumed that the idea of the contest would be to guess how many people have died from malaria around the world because of the Rachel Carson-inspired ban on DDT. (According to the Malaria Clock website, the death toll is currently up to 104,274,985 – as of this hour.)

But no, the EPA’s taxpayer funded website explains that it’s something else altogether:

Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder Contest

What’s the Contest About?

The U.S. EPA, Generations United, the Dance Exchange, National Center for Creative Aging, and the Rachel Carson Council, Inc., announce a poetry, essay, photo and dance contest. Entries must be from a team of two or more persons, a young person and an older person.

The creative work should express the "Sense of Wonder" that your team feels for the sea, the night sky, forests, birds, wildlife, and all that is beautiful to your eyes. We want you to share this love of nature with a child and others around you. When we teach our eyes and ears and senses to focus on the wonders of nature, we open ourselves to the wonders around us.

Contestants will work across generations to share through one of these distinct mediums their own interactions with and reflections on the wonders of nature.

Especially mosquitoes.

Dance video entries are not limited to the moving body. You can use live performers and/ or capture movement and change visible in nature: birds landing, trees shaking in a storm, a river flowing

Bodies shivering as they endure a miserable and needless death.

Experienced and first time dancers and video makers are encouraged to participate.

Let Rachel Carson’s words inspire you

By the way, do you think people with malaria do a lot of ‘Creative Aging’?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, February 3rd, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “EPA Holds Annual Rachel Carson Contest”

  1. wardmama4 says:

    Perhaps dancing around 50 million mosquito shaped crosses while chanting Die Before Your Time would make a true Rachel Carson point.

  2. untrainable says:

    What the hell is creative aging? And how did they get their own National Center. Oh, they get funding from the National Endowment for the Arts… so it’s our tax money that funds them.

  3. TerryAnne says:

    Nothing says “great use of tax dollars” like an interpretive dance, beat poetry, “creative” writing, and photoshop contest to honor propaganda masters and America’s degenerate. Maybe next they can sponsor a homemade explosive contest in Bill Ayers’ honor. Or who can get the most tax payer funded abortions in one year for Margaret Sanger’s memory.

    Shoot, why stop at America’s racist borders? We can made a contest honoring Robert Mugabe, giving an award to the person who can spend the most tax payer dollars on frivolous crap, all the while proclaiming their innocence and their poverty; extra credit to be awarded if they get charitable donations in addition to the tax dollars. Or Hitler, for the gangbanger who can kill the most people with an illegal weapon, with extra credit begin awarded to contestants in NYC, Washington DC, and any other city where the citizens can’t defend themselves.

    Oh…I could keep going… LOL!

  4. tranquil.night says:

    I’d like to see Barry Soetero, Michelle Obama-LaVaughn Robinson, and Mohamed ElBaradei in a rendition of “This Land is Your Land (but really My Land).”

    However, that’s incredibly cliche. For the culturally adept remix, it should be set to JayZ’s “Empire State of Mind.”

    Both are great homage’s to the way of Nature.

    Of course, Artboy would win this competition hands down.

  5. Reality Bytes says:

    In a tribute to our democrat leader, I would like to submit this dance as a metaphor for his galant efforts in helping our Egyptian allies.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NRRX6Qr4wc

    Yes, that is Arabic you’re hearing from the video “artist”.

    Hey! Rules say, “You can use live performers and/ or capture movement and change visible in nature: birds landing, trees shaking in a storm, a river flowing”

    Let’s have a little respect for their work OK?


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