Sandra Steingraber

Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D. is an ecologist, author, internationally recognized authority on the environment links to cancer and human health, and co-founder of New Yorkers Against Fracking.  She is the author of Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment and, her most recent, Raising Elijah: Protecting Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 7:15am
Like New Yorkers, Californians Can Say No to Fracking
Great movements -- from women's suffrage to civil rights -- begin with a small group of people standing up and saying no to injustice. Such a movement is currently emerging around our most basic human rights: access to clean air, clean water, and a stable climate. This new movement aims to halt...
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Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 8:00am
Pinkwashing: Fracking Company Teams Up With Susan G. Komen to ‘End Breast Cancer Forever’
What do you get when you cross a breast cancer charity with a frack job? The answer is the image above which, as I am writing, is going epidemically viral. It’s hard to stop staring in utter baffled amazement. Is it some kind of … phallic cyborg? The opening scene of a yet another sequel to Tremors...
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 12:15pm
Dialing 911 on Climate Change
I was a child in the 1960s. Sometimes I regale my daughter with stories about the changes I’ve witnessed, and, because I’m an ecologist, these trend toward the environmental. When I was a kid, people smoked in church, lead paint flaked from our walls, and DDT billowed through neighborhoods. Faith,...
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 7:00am
‘This Changes Everything’ Including the Anti-Fracking Movement
Among its many demonstrations, This Changes Everything , reveals how the grassroots anti-fracking movement is right where it should be—except for decades-old backroom deals between Big Green groups and the oil and gas industry that hold the movement down like a cartoon ball and chain. But I’m...
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Monday, August 25, 2014 - 9:15am
What the Anti-Fracking Movement Brings to the Climate Movement
These are my prepared remarks for a speech I gave at the Boston stop of the People’s Climate March tour, “Building a Movement of Movements: Towards the People’s Climate March in NYC.” Hi, everyone. My name is Sandra Steingraber , and I inhabit the anti-fracking wing of the climate movement. Only a...
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Dr. Sandra Steingraber speaking at the New Environmentalism Summit in Brussels, Belgium. (Photo credit: HEAL / flickr) Views
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 8:30am
A New Environmentalism for an Unfractured Future
[EW editor's note: Dr. Sandra Steingraber presented a keynote speech for the New Environmentalism Summit of the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, on June 3. The text of her remarks follow.] I would like to begin by quoting from comments made yesterday by Angela Knight, a former Conservative...
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 11:22am
The Discontent of Our Winter
My children have snow anxiety. For the record, this started in the winter of 2011–12 when no snow fell—at all—and sleds, saucers, skis, and snowball makers sat dejectedly on the porch, unused, next to the irrelevant and despondent snow shovel. Week after week, month after month, Faith and Elijah scanned the skies and studied the forecast. When June-like temperatures hit in March, the sight of the toboggan filled them with so much despair that they wordlessly dragged it back to the barn and put it in storage.
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Monday, April 22, 2013 - 8:06am
From Jail on Earth Day
The following was letter was written from the Chemung County Jail in Elmira, New York where Steingraber is serving a fifteen day sentence for blockading a gas compression rig last month owned by the Inergy gas company near her home in the Finger Lakes region of the state:
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Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 11:21am
No to NY Fracking: 'We Will Not Compromise On the Health of Our Families'
As Governor, Andrew Cuomo will continue to be an environmental champion by . . . making sure health and environmental risks are comprehensively studied before natural gas exploration in New York’s Marcellus Shale formation occurs. —2010 gubernatorial campaign website, Nov. 1, 2010 Obviously if there was a public health concern that could not be addressed we would not proceed. —DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens, New York Times , Sept. 20, 2012 Summary Statement
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Monday, March 26, 2012 - 2:49pm
Breaking Up with the Sierra Club
No right way is easy. . . .We must risk our lives to save them. —John Muir, Sierra Club’s founder Dear Sierra Club, I’m through with you.
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