Planet in Focus Announces 2017 Line-Up

September 19th, 2017

by Pat Mullen

“[Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival] will open with the world premiere of Chanda Chevannes’ Unfractured. The film profiles activist and rebel Dr. Sandra Steingraber in an uplifting portrait of a woman firmly committed to saving the world while balancing her responsibilities at work and at home.” A first announcement of the new film appears in Point of View Magazine. Read the article

Legislator’s ‘Deer Season’ Facebook Comment Fires Up LPG Foes

November 24th, 2015

by David L. Shaw

“’At the very least, Mr. Barnes’ words are highly inappropriate for an elected official who is sworn to uphold public safety. To joke about climate protesters meeting with stray bullets on social media in the wake of recent and ongoing events in Paris, is reckless and offensive,’ [Steingraber] wrote.” The Finger Lakes Times covers We Are Seneca Lake’s letter to the Schuyler County, New York legislature about a hostile-sounding comment on a Facebook post of the group’s. Read the article

Heinz Award Acceptance Speech

November 15th, 2011

Thirty-two years ago, I heard a surgeon tell me that the tumor was malignant.  He then asked about my possible exposures to toxic chemicals.  I didn’t know then that his questions would become my life’s work.


I certainly couldn’t have imagined, in that moment, this moment.


All thanks begin with Teresa Heinz Kerry.  At Teresa’s environmental health conferences, I’ve seen emerging scientific knowledge taken up by cancer survivors fighting for environmental human rights.  That communion of science and activism inspires me.  Thank you, Teresa.


Perhaps the best way to express my gratitude for this honor is to say how I intend to spend the money that comes with it.  I will be devoting the $100,000 prize to the fight against fracking in upstate New York.  Fracking uses fresh water and toxic chemicals as a club to shatter the bedrock of our nation in order to liberate oil and gas.  Fracking is an extreme form of fossil fuel extraction that takes us further down a ruinous energy pathway and threatens to add more data points to cancer registries.


In rural New York, we have seen how large checks from the fossil fuel industry beget silence, complicity, and fatalistic resignation.  I am interested in the opposite gesture:  directing a large check into the community in a way that enables speech, emboldens activism, and recognizes that true security for our children lies in preserving the abiding ecology of our planet on which their lives depend.


I’ll let you know how it turns out.  Thank you so much for this honor and this opportunity.