Sunday, April 21, 2013
Sandra Steingraber: A Heroine for our times
Sandra Steingraber is a heroine for mothers and children everywhere. This courageous mother, ecologist and activist was recently sentenced to 15 days in jail for trespassing. Sandra and a group of 12 people, known as the "Seneca Lake 12" stood together with arms locked to block the entrance to an Inergy Natural Gas Facility in Seneca New York.
At the age of twenty Sandra was diagnosed with bladder cancer. Other members of her family were also diagnosed. Because she was adopted Sandra realized that their condition was not genetic. Her conclusion to the diagnosis was that the cause had to be environmental. That was the beginning of her career as a scientist and activist.
Sandra has written several books, and lectured on environmental issues that impact the health of women and children in particular. Living Downstream, Having Faith, Raising Elijah and Post Diagnosis were all penned by this gifted writer, poet, ecologist and activist. She offers insightful and informed ideas about how we can change the way big business treats the world in which we live. She asserts that we have a moral obligation to insist that these organizations treat our land, water and air in a more responsible way.
For more information about the work of this gifted writer and activist check out the books listed above or go to her website.