Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis - eBook
Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis - eBook  -     By: Sandra Steingraber
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In Raising Elijah a scientist mother of two young children speaks out about celebrating the lives of our children while searching for ways to protect them and all children from the toxic world they inhabit. Each chapter of this engaging and unique book focuses on one ingredient of childhood - from pizza to laundry to homework - and explores the underlying social, political, and ecological forces behind it. She shows how everyday parenting connects to the public world of policy-making and how the environmental crisis is, fundamentally, a crisis of family life. Hardcover.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Da Capo Press
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 9780306819780
ISBN-13: 9780306819780
Series: Merloyd Lawrence

Publisher's Description

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.

Publisher's Weekly

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. She connects many child health issues, including asthma, behavioral problems, intellectual impairments, and pre-term birth to hormone-disrupting, brain-damaging, and otherwise dangerous environmental factors. Chapters tackle weighty problems--diminished fertility; how chemicals infiltrate mothers' milk; air quality and the ozone hole; neurotoxicology; hydraulic fracturing--and how they affect children and families. Two major themes emerge: first, current environmental policies must change to safeguard and support the health of children and, second, we must end our dependence on toxic fossil fuels. Less a guidebook for conscientious parents than an alarming and sobering human rights polemic, the book's narrative is nevertheless a persuasive, personal call to action. (May) Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.

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