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Raising Elijah: Protecting Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis

“This could be the most important and inspiring parenting book ever written. Protecting children from the poisons that surround them cannot be left to conscientious mothers and fathers alone. It must instead become our society’s highest collective priority.” —Naomi Klein; author of The Shock Doctrine

 

Our children face an environment more threatening to their health than any generation in history.  Sandra Steingraber confronts this crisis with precise science and a lyrical, witty, moving memoir.  Each lively chapter of this unique book focuses on one of the universals of childhood–milk, laundry, pizza, homework, the “Big Talk”–and explores the hidden, social political, and historical forces behind it.  Throughout, Steingraber demonstrates how closely the intimate world of parenting connects to the public world of policy-making and how the ongoing environmental crisis is, fundamentally, a crisis of family life.

 



“Think silent playgrounds.” —Ms. Magazine review

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“Steingraber’s narrative is personal and political, funny and smart. She shows us that feminism and motherhood are not at odds; combined, they make for heroes…Raising Elijah is a call to arms, a cry for the moral solidarity that we must forge to prevent environmental degradation and its assault on children’s health.” —Ms. Magazine review



“Eco-biologist, cancer survivor, activist, mother of two, and author of books about environmental hazards and their effects (including Living Downstream and Having Faith), Steingraber applies her knowledge and philosophy to the challenge of raising children in our toxic, climate-threatened world. She connects many child health issues, including asthma, behavioral problems, intellectual impairments, and pre-term birth to hormone-disrupting, brain-damaging, and otherwise dangerous environmental factors. Chapters tackle weighty problems–diminished fertility; how chemicals infiltrate mothers’ milk; air quality and the ozone hole; neurotoxicology; hydraulic fracturing–and how they affect children and families. Two major themes emerge: first, current environmental policies must change to safeguard and support the health of children and, second, we must end our dependence on toxic fossil fuels. Less a guidebook for conscientious parents than an alarming and sobering human rights polemic, the book’s narrative is nevertheless a persuasive, personal call to action.” Publisher’s Weekly

 Reviews

  • Sandra Steingraber: Mother on a Loving Mission Jun 15, 2013

    by Ned Haggard

    “She is not a Sister Teresa, she is not a Joan Baez, she is a mother who sees a world where short-term thinking and profit obsession is robbing the world of its environmental stability and endangering the health of children, living and yet to be born.” Read the full article

  • Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis Apr 04, 2011

    From Publishers Weekly: “Eco-biologist, cancer survivor, activist, mother of two, and author of books about environmental hazards and their effects (including Living Downstream and Having Faith), Steingraber applies her knowledge and philosophy to the challenge of raising children in our toxic, climate-threatened world.” Read the review

  • You Can’t Not Know Mar 25, 2011

    by Lynne M. Hinkey

    “We need to arm ourselves with knowledge and actively advocate for our children’s future to ensure they aren’t slowly poisoned because of our ignorance. Knowledge is power. Raising Elijah is an excellent starting point for parents who want to know so they can protect their children from the dangers around them.” Read the full review

  • Toxic Pricetags Mar 01, 2011

    by Laura Orlando

    “Not since 1962, when [Rachel] Carson courageously challenged the chemical industry in Silent Spring, has a scientist woven so much revelation and research together with such gorgeous and persuasive prose. Ms. Magazine reviews Raising Elijah (subscription). Link to issue Table of Contents

 

Steingraber, Sandra.
Raising Elijah: Protecting Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis.
A Merloyd Lawrence Book.
Da Capo Press, a member of the Perseus Book Group
ISBN 978-0-1399-6
copyright 2011 by Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D.



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