Raising Elijah by Sandra Steingraber
Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis (A Merloyd Lawrence Book)

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Nothing could be more important than the health of our children, and no one is better suited to examine the threats against it than Sandra Steingraber. Once called "a poet with a knife," she blends precise science with lyrical memoir. In Living Downstream she spoke as a biologist and cancer survivor; in Having Faith she spoke as an ecologist and expectant mother, viewing her own body as a habitat. Now she speaks as the scientist mother of two young children, enjoying and celebrating their lives while searching for ways to protect them--and all children--from the toxic, climate-threatened world they inhabit

Each chapter of this engaging and unique book focuses on one inevitable ingredient of childhood--everything from pizza to laundry to homework to the "Big Talk"--and explores the underlying social, political, and ecological forces behind it. Through these everyday moments, Steingraber demonstrates how closely the private, intimate world of parenting connects to the public world of policy-making and how the ongoing environmental crisis is, fundamentally, a crisis of family life.

 

About Sandra Steingraber

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Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., received her doctorate in biology from the University of Michigan and taught for several years at Columbia College, Chicago. Recently, she briefed U.N. delegates in Geneva on breast milk contamination. She is currently on the faculty at Cornell University.
 
Published March 29, 2011 by Da Capo Press. 368 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Parenting & Relationships, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Though she’s occasionally overly sensitive (“I don’t even like having my kids in the kitchen while pasta is cooking or being drained”), Steingraber writes with clarity about many of the poisonous chemical agents that infest our daily lives—the arsenic that leaches from pressure-treated wood, the ...

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Eco-biologist, cancer survivor, activist, mother of two, and author of books about environmental hazards and their effects (including Living Downstream and Having Faith), Steingraber applies her knowl

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Eco-biologist, cancer survivor, activist, mother of two, and author of books about environmental hazards and their effects (including Living Downstream and Having Faith), Steingraber applies her knowledge and philosophy to the challenge of raising children in our toxic, climate-threatened world.

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Issues in the environment that affect psyche, such as the new levels of terror may people feel since the 9/11 attacks, affect milk production in breastfeeding moms.

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But Steingraber offered these practical tips: 1.) She proposed a forum, in which parents, especially those whose children have asthma and allergies, "€œbecome conversant with the Clean Air Act and its National Ambient Air Quality Standards, whose various rules affect our children so intimately."

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Portland Book Review

so should every parent be as eager to read Raising Elijah: Protecting our Children from Environmental Crisis.

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The Christian Century

It's time for the talk, says Sandra Steingraber.

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The Ecologist

Put that together, as Steingraber does, with the fact that that timber treated with chromated copper arsenate (arsenic) can be found in many family homes and playgrounds, and you start to realise the extent of the toxins that our children are being exposed to.

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