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Why I'm Donating My Heinz Award Money to the Fight Against Fracking

Sandra Steingraber beautifully shares why the fight against fracking is so important.

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After two months of travel, my children and I arrived home to the still unfractured state of New York. After stopping at a local farm stand to buy bread, tomatoes, cheese, and peaches for dinner, we celebrated our return along the vineyard-and-waterfall-lined shore of Cayuga Lake. I watched my son skip stones across its surface. Under his feet lay the aquifer that provides drinking water to our village. This is what security looks like.
Please join me in the struggle to defend the economy and ecology of upstate New York. Bring what you can.


Biologist, author, and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber explores the links between human health and the environment, with a focus on chemical contamination and effects on children. She takes a personal and scientific look at these issues and offers insights into how we can protect ourselves, our families, and our environment. Her first book, Living Downstream: An Ecologist's Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment, was followed by Having Faith: An Ecologist's Journey to Motherhood. Her most recent book is Raising Elijah: Protecting Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis. A columnist for Orion magazine, Sandra Steingraber is currently a scholar in residence in Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York.

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