Dr. Sandra Steingraber Ph.D. – “Environmental Human Rights”

Ecologist, author, and cancer survivor, Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized authority on the environment links to cancer and human health. Steingraber’s highly acclaimed book, Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment presents cancer as a human rights issue. Originally published in 1997, it was the first to bring together data on toxic releases with data from U.S. cancer registries and won praise from international media including The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, The Lancet, and The London Times. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandra_Steingraber

Links to Explore:

Podcast Lecture: A Podcast of a lecture given by Sandra Steingraber at Mount Holyoke College.

Podcast of a BBC Radio interview with Dr. Sandra Steingraber: Woman’s Hour:

Article by Dr. Sandra Steingraber: Environmental Amnesia

Rachel Louise Carson (May 27, 1907 – April 14, 1964) – Mother of the Environmental Movement

Rachel Louise Carson (May 27, 1907 – April 14, 1964) was an American marine biologist and nature writer whose writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement.

Carson started her career as a biologist in the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries, and became a full-time nature writer in the 1950s. Her widely praised 1951 bestseller The Sea Around Us won her financial security and recognition as a gifted writer. Her next book, The Edge of the Sea, and the republished version of her first book, Under the Sea Wind, were also bestsellers. Together, her sea trilogy explores the whole of ocean life, from the shores to the surface to the deep sea.

In the late 1950s, Carson turned her attention to conservation and the environmental problems caused by synthetic pesticides. The result was Silent Spring (1962), which brought environmental concerns to an unprecedented portion of the American public. Silent Spring spurred a reversal in national pesticide policy—leading to a nationwide ban on DDT and other pesticides—and the grassroots environmental movement the book inspired led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency. Carson was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Jimmy Carter.

Rachael Louise Carson – Introduction

Rachael Louise CarsonBiopic Excerpt

Rachael Louise Carson Official Website: http://www.rachelcarson.org/