Earth Week 2011 Feature – Sandra Steingraber

This year in honor of Earth Week we are featuring Sandra Steingraber’s recent book, Raising Elijah: Protecting Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis

“ Sandra Steingraber ’s Raising Elijah is a deeply thoughtful, at times frightening, but ultimately hopeful book that describes in compelling and lyrical detail the two great, intertwined ecological crises  of our time – the crisis of toxic chemical exposure and the crisis of global warming. She argues that mastery of these crises will require heroic action, societal action on a scale as great as that that which ended slavery in the United States , and is essential to save our planet and our children.”—Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MSc; Director, Children’s Environmental Health   Center , Mount Sinai School of Medicine
“Steingraber confronts the hormone-disrupting, brain-damaging toxins our children absorb from the playground to the kitchen floor, and everywhere in between…[She] writes with clarity about many of the poisonous chemical agents that infest our daily lives—the arsenic that leaches from pressure-treated wood, the pesticides on food, PVCs in the kitchen tiling, asbestos and lead paint—and the unique risks they pose to children…The book gets its rhythm and appeal from the twining of science and personal examples…An artful commingling of life with children, environmental mayhem and political-science primer.”—Kirkus Reviews