Environmental Law

Envt'l Law News SUMMER 2021, VOLUME 30, NUMBER 2


Written by Jessi E. Hafer Fierro
ELS Chair, 2021-2024

"This is an era of specialists, each of whom sees his own problem and is unaware of or intolerant of the larger frame into which it fits . . . We urgently need an end to these false assurances, to the sugar coating of unpalatable facts. The public must decide whether it wishes to continue on the present road, and it can do so only when in full possession of the facts."

— Rachel Carson, SILENT SPRING 13 (1962)

Carson reminds us to make our decisions in "full possession of the facts" while warning us to be wary of over-specialization when it cannot see beyond its own framing of the world. This resonates with me for several reasons, one of which is the value the Environmental Law Section adds to my professional life.

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