Noted Ecologist to Give Talk on Hydrofracking

April 13th, 2012 | Categories: Uncategorized

Sandra Steingraber

Green Dragon Week at SUNY Oneonta, April 16-20, will feature a talk by ecologist, author and cancer survivor Dr. Sandra Steingraber, an internationally recognized authority on the environment links to cancer and human health.

The college’s Red Dragon mascot goes “green” every April during an Earth Day-inspired week of activities aimed at raising awareness about sustainability and environmental issues.

Steingraber will give a lecture on the dangers of hydrofracking in Upstate New York at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in the Hunt College Union Ballroom. Her talk is free, and members of the community are invited to attend. The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing.

Steingraber’s highly acclaimed book, “Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment,” presents cancer as a human rights issue. Originally published in 1997, it was the first to bring together data on toxic releases with data from U.S. cancer registries. Her other, critically acclaimed, books include “Raising Elijah: Protecting Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis,” “Having Faith: An Ecologist’s Journey to Motherhood” and “Post-Diagnosis.”

The Sierra Club has heralded Steingraber as “the new Rachel Carson,” and, indeed, she is a recipient of the Rachel Carson Leadership Award, as well as the Heinz Award, the Hero Award from the Breast Cancer Fund and the Environmental Health Champion Award from Physicians for Social Responsibility, Los Angeles.

Other Green Dragon Week activities include:
• A plant sale organized by the Biology Club from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 16 and 17 in the quad
• A climate change teach-in hosted by the Environmental Activism Club and featuring faculty from the college’s departments of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Communication Arts and Geography departments, from 3 to 5 p.m. April 16 in Instructional Resources Center Lecture Hall 1
• A Green Expo featuring a variety of clubs and organizations from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 19 in the quad
• A screening of the movie “Avatar” at 7 p.m. April 19 in the Red Dragon Theater, hosted by the Environmental Activism Club and including a talk by Dr. Michael Green of the Philosophy Department
• A dinner menu featuring local and organic foods at Wilsbach Dining Hall on April 19
• A screening of “Food Inc.” hosted by the Students Protecting Animal Rights club at 4 p.m. April 20 in the Instructional Resources Center.

Steingraber’s visit is supported by the SUNY Oneonta Office of the President, Student-Association-funded Environmental Activism Club, Hunt Union, College Union Activities Council and Office of Residential Life, and the departments of English, Geography, Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies.

More information on Sandra Steingraber’s reading is available from Dr. George Hovis at (607) 436-2571 or Ruth Carr at (607) 436-3446.

More information on Green Dragon Week is available from Alex Lyakhov at