Speeches

Rally Speech, Capitol Building, Springfield, Illinois

May 29th, 2013

“When I was girl growing up in Tazewell County, it was my job, whenever overnight guests were expected at our house, to clean the upstairs bathroom. Part of that task was to hang the embroidered guest towels on the rack and to set out, next to the sink, a bowl full of small, perfumed soaps. No one ever used the soap or the towels, as it was understood—by both guest and host—that they were there just for show.” Read the transcript

Honorary Doctoral Degree ceremony, SUNY ESF Convocation

May 11th, 2013

 

“[W]hat makes this a special honor for me is not just that SUNY-ESF is the nation’s oldest and most venerable college of environmental science, which is my field of study, too, but also that its official motto consists of the three words that I happen to live by… Improve your world.”  Steingraber received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) during its Convocation on May 11, 2013. Read her remarks

Sandra Steingraber: Prepared Statement for Press Conference

April 17th, 2013

“I broke the law by standing in a privately owned driveway. Fossil fuel companies are not breaking the law by trespassing into the atmosphere with heat-trapping gases and so creating planetary crisis. There are the disparities that I seek to communicate with my actions and, out of respect for the fidelity of law, with my willingness to accept a jail sentence rather than pay a fine.” Steingraber delivered this statement to the press at a gathering before her arraignment. Read the full statement

To Frack or Not to Frack: That is the Question

April 9th, 2013

“The forum offers a rare opportunity for Elmira and area residents, elected officials, and spiritual leaders to become more informed so that they can better answer the question for themselves: To frack or not to frack.” Steingraber provided this 35-minute presentation for Elmira, New York area residents, elected officials, and spiritual leaders. Watch the presentation

Remarks in the Great Western Staircase, Albany

February 4th, 2013

“When lives are at stake, you don’t wait for absolute proof to protect people…  Instead, you move people out of harm’s way first and then let the wheels of scientific proofmaking grind slowly on. That is a lesson we learned too late with lead paint, and with asbestos, with Love Canal, and with the Hudson River. But it is not too late for fracking.” Steingraber addresses the crowd in the New York State Capitol’s Great Western Staircase  Read the transcript or watch the video

Sandra Steingraber Responding to New Fracking Regs

December 17th, 2012

Sponsored by the Tompkins County Council of Governments, Steingraber was one of the presenters at a public forum responding to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s proposed regulations for shale gas drilling in New York, with a 30-day public comment period. She focuses on how and why citizens can frame and communicate their concerns, though the state is not following the linear and open process they should be.

 

Cuomo Puts the Cart Before the Horse on Fracking

December 3rd, 2012

“Here’s what needs to happen:  The process by which the state of New York is evaluating health effects must be opened up to public scrutiny and input.  We must have public hearings.  We must define the broad spectrum of pollutants associated with fracking, document their fate in the environment, identify pathways of human exposure, and investigate long-term health consequences.” Read the transcript

The Biological Effects of Hydrofracking

November 5th, 2012

Steingraber is hosted by Concerned Citizens of Covert for this 30-minute presentation: “[Dr. Sandra Steingraber’s] impassioned public presentations on the health risks of hydrofracking have enthralled crowds at anti-fracking rallies as well as community auditoriums.” Watch the presentation

Pearls for Susan Walker: Remarks from September 21 Vigil

September 24th, 2012

“[W]e are here to say that if the state does not stop the ongoing violations of Inergy and intervene in the reckless expansion of their operations, we will continue these acts of peaceful protest. We will defend our home and our children from senseless danger. It is our responsibility to do so.” Read the transcript

Prepared Remarks for Shale Gas Outrage Rally, Philadelphia

September 20th, 2012

“In the face of bought-off political leaders, a defeatist environmental movement, and silence-of-the-lambs journalism, you have researched, investigated, and reported. You have inquired, objected, warned, and demanded. You have told your stories in the halls of power, and in the basements of churches, and in the streets.” Read the transcript