We can change our thinking. Rather than viewing the chemical adulteration of our environment and our bodies as the inevitable price of convenience and progress, we can decide that cancer is inconvenient and toxic pollution archaic and primitive.
Living Downstream, 2nd ed.
In the Media
Selected interviews, news stories, reviews, and videos
Cancer CrusaderIn “Cancer Crusader,” 16:9 correspondent Allison Vuchnich introduces you to a woman who’s been called a poet with a knife. She’s a scientist on a mission to stop cancer where it starts – and to make you listen and wake-up to the facts. Watch the show
Democracy Now: The Health Crisis Surrounding Natural Gas Extraction
Yesterday, New York state lawmakers held a hearing on the health impacts of fracking, an issue that until now has received little media attention. Democracy Now! interviews Sandra Steingraber, a biologist who testified at the hearing. Watch the YouTube video Watch or read the interview or get the podcast
An Earth Day Gift for Parents and Grandparents
You may also exit Raising Elijah laughing. This is a very funny book on hair-raisingly serious topics. You will get a flavor in the interview below as Sandra talks about the book. Read the full article
Your Call Radio
Interview with KALW 91.7 FM in San Francisco
Detroit Free Press
Biologist-mother says protecting kids from environmental toxins is a parent's duty
It wouldn't be a stretch to call Sandra Steingraber a warrior mom. She's fighting for the future of her two children, and she is challenging other parents to join the battle: "Just as at some point we had to decide that slavery was a homicidal abomination that had to stop, we need to divorce our economy from its dependence on fossil fuels. I'm calling on parents to become abolitionists for this new age."
Speak out. Parents should support laws that protect kids, says Steingraber, author of Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis. "I'm a conscientious parent, but I'm not a HEPA filter," she says. "I can't place my body between all of these hormonally active chemicals in the environment and my children. That is what government is tasked to do — to help protect us from things that we can't protect ourselves from." Read the full article
Ecologist Sandra Steingraber Adds Voice Against NY Water Withdrawal Bill
Steingraber has joined with the Coalition to Protect New York in urging the New York Legislature to halt further consideration of a massive water withdrawal bill until public hearings are held on the measure. Read the full article. Watch the Video
“Talk of Iowa,” Iowa Public Radio
Nothing could be more important than the health of our children, and no one is better suited to examine the threats against it than Sandra Steingraber. Once called "a poet with a knife, "Steingraber blends precise science with lyrical memoir. In Living Downstream she spoke as a biologist and cancer survivor. Now, in her new book Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis, she speaks as the scientist mother of two young children, enjoying and celebrating their lives while searching for ways to protect them--and all children--from the toxic, climate-threatened world they inhabit.
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.