Raising Elijah : Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-03-29
  • Publisher: Perseus Books Group

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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 Downstreamshe spoke as a biologist and cancer survivor; in Having Faithshe 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.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Author's Notep. xviii
Milk (and Terror)p. 1
The Nursery School Playground (and Well-informed Futility)p. 27
The Grocery List (and the Ozone Hole)p. 57
Pizza (and Ecosystem Services)p. 83
The Kitchen Floor (and National Security)p. 111
Asthma (and Intergenerational Equity)p. 137
The Big Talk (and Systems Theory)p. 167
Homework (and Frontiers in Neurotoxicology)p. 197
Eggs (and Sperm)p. 229
Bicycles on Main Street (and High-Volume Slickwater Hydraulic Fracturing)p. 263
Further Resourcesp. 287
Source Notesp. 291
Acknowledgmentsp. 329
Indexp. 333
About the Authorp. 350
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