“Democracy, like the climate itself, has tipping points”: Lessons for Our Time from Rachel Carson
On November 30, 2016, Dr. Steingraber addressed the Rachel Carson Council’s 75th Anniversary Jubilee Celebration and Colloquium in Washington, DC. Her remarks were updated and adapted for a column on Bill Moyers’ website, readable here.
Fourth Edition of the Fracking Science Compendium Published by Concerned Health Professionals of New York and Physicians for Social Responsibility
The Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking is a fully referenced compilation of the evidence outlining the risks and harms of fracking. The fourth edition was published on November 17, 2016. Bringing together findings from the scientific and medical literature, government and industry reports, and journalistic investigation, the Compendium is a public, open-access document housed on the websites of Concerned Health Professionals of New York and Physicians for Social Responsibility. The third edition was translated into Spanish by the Heinrich Böll Foundation, and is available here. Dr. Steingraber, co-author, has presented the Spanish version in Mexico and Argentina.
New York State Becomes the First State with Significant Shale Gas to Ban Fracking
On December 17, 2014, at the conclusion of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s cabinet meeting, acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker recommended the state reject high-volume hydraulic fracturing. The Cuomo administration will now move to prohibit fracking statewide. Dr. Steingraber: “This victory is an incredible affirmation of science and the principles of public health.”
“Our beautiful lake is being turned into a gas station for fracking“
On November 19, 2014, Sandra Steingraber was sentenced to jail for the second time for peaceful civil disobedience in defense of Seneca Lake. Dr. Steingraber was arrested with others while protesting Texas-based Crestwood’s plans for gas storage expansion in abandoned salt caverns along Seneca Lake, in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. Just before her sentencing, Dr. Steingraber videotaped an interview with the Laura Flanders Show, introducing viewers to We Are Seneca Lake, an ongoing civil disobedience uprising to protect the region.
May 2014 Letter to New York Governor Cuomo and Acting Department of Health Commissioner Zucker
Sandra Steingraber is co-founder of Concerned Health Professionals of New York (CHPNY), an initiative to amplify the voices of hundreds of health professionals in New York about fracking. On May 29, 2014, joined by 25 health and medical organizations and over 200 individual health professionals and scientists, they wrote, “[t]he totality of the science… shows that permitting fracking in New York would pose significant threats to the air, water, health and safety of New Yorkers.” Read the full letter
Sandra Steingraber Speaks on the Health Impacts of Fracking in Pungesti, Romania
Read Steingraber’s statement responding to events she witnessed in Pungesti with the community.
Short Video: Fracking and the Un-Hoodwinking of America
New Yorkers Against Fracking
In 2011, Sandra Steingraber received the prestigious Heinz Award. By donating the cash prize to the anti-fracking movement, she became, in 2012, the co-founder of New Yorkers Against Fracking, a statewide coalition of more than 280 grassroots organizations.
Americans Who Tell the Truth Portrait
Robert Shetterly’s Americans Who Tell the Truth (AWTT) portraits and narratives highlight citizens who courageously address issues of social, environmental, and economic fairness. See AWTT’s page on Sandra Steingraber.
Upcoming Speaking Engagements
Recent Speaking Engagements
Earth Days Keynote: Toward an Unfractured Future04/25/17(University of South Dakota)
Climate Change at the Crossroads: Environmental Justice in the Age of Trump04/18/17(Ithaca, NY)
The Hudson: A River at Risk/Conversation with Sandra Steingraber04/17/17(Ithaca, NY)
Where Science Meets Human Rights: Behind the Fight to Leave Fossil Fuels in the Ground04/05/17(Davidson, NC)
Creative Resistance: Fighting Toxins / Fossil Fuels04/04/17(Chapel Hill, NC )
In the Media
- Sandra Steingraber Hosts Panel Discussion for Sustainability Week Apr 19, 2017
by Meaghan McElroy
“The idea of climate at the crossroads came into my mind just kind of spontaneously — the idea that climate exists at some kind of intersection with all these social problems… As I began to think more about it, I wanted to find speakers to address these intersectionalities.” Steingraber planned and hosted a panel of climate activists at Ithaca College, as part of its Sustainability Week 2017. Read the article
- The Role of Industry in Childhood Cancers Mar 20, 2017
by Caroline McManus
“Sandra Steingraber, a leading biologist and herself a survivor of child cancer, summarises this dichotomy so well in the title of her book Living Downstream. It comes from a fable about a village on a river…” A letter to the editor in the Guardian refers to Steingraber’s writing and activism. Read the article
- Native American Group Holds Vigil to Defend Natives’ Rights Nov 16, 2016
by Grace Elletson and Kayla Dwyer
“’When you’re defending water … you’re defending life itself,’ said Sandra Steingraber, distinguished scholar in residence in the Department of Environmental Studies and Science, onstage during the rally. ‘We all must be now like rocks and stand up in our community.’” Steingraber addresses a gathering about the Dakota Access pipeline on an international day of action. Read the article
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