Letter from Chemung County Jail 2013

Letter from Chemung County Jail, Part 4, A Message to Fellow Mothers

April 24th, 2013

 

So, yes, my course of political action has taken me away from my own children in an attempt to redress this problem on their behalf, and during the first five days, when I was kept in 24-hour lock-up, I had no access to them. But I am convinced the tears of my children now will be less than their tears later – along with the tears of my grandchildren – if we mothers do nothing and allow the oil, coal, and gas companies to hurdle us all off the climate cliff.

 

from Part 4 of Steingraber’s “Letter from Chemung County Jail.” Read the Letter

Letter from Chemung County Jail, Part 3, A Message to Fellow Cancer Survivors

April 23rd, 2013

 

After two decades of researching, writing, speaking, and submitting expert testimony as a biologist on the role of chemical carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, and developmental toxicants in an attempt to bring about toxic chemical reform, I have to admit that very little has changed. Now I am watching the fracking boom – which uses and releases chemical carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, and developmental toxicants and enjoys exemptions from most of our federal environmental laws – undo what little progress we have made and hurtle us further down the road toward the catastrophe of climate change.

 

from Part 3 of Steingraber’s “Letter from Chemung County Jail.” Read the Letter

Earth Day Letter from Chemung County Jail to Environmental Leaders

April 22nd, 2013

 

The voices that cry “wait” and capitulate to powerful industry forces through their willingness to trade one fossil fuel for another are taking us down a perilous path. It is time to say now – grassroots groups and big green groups together – that the unholy trinity of coal, oil and gas is part of a ruinous past and; that further investments in new techniques to blast these deadly fossils from the bedrock are a waste of time, money, water, air, trees, health and farmland; and that well-intentioned attempts to regulate and police the resulting mess is a waste of human ingenuity that could be better spent re-imagining and retooling our economy and our culture for the post-carbon age.

 

from Steingraber’s “Earth Day Letter from Chemung County Jail to Environmental Leaders. Read the Letter

Letter from Chemung County Jail, Part 2

April 19th, 2013

 

My children need a world with pollinators and plankton stocks and a stable climate. They need lake shores that do not have explosive hydrocarbon gases buried underneath.

The fossil fuel party must come to an end. I am shouting at an iron door. Can you hear me now?

 

from Part 2 of Steingraber’s “Letter from Chemung County Jail.” Read the Letter

Letter from Chemung County Jail, Part 1

April 18th, 2013

 

If we do not want New York to become a prison of wellheads, pipelines and compressor stations; if we do not want the violence of climate change instability and mass species extinction; if we do not want to leave our children a diminished world bereft of frog song, bees, coral reefs, sea ice; then coming to a place as far removed from the rhythms of the natural world as a jail cell is not an inappropriate place to say so.

 

from Part 1 of Steingraber’s “Letter from Chemung County Jail.” Read the Letter