Sandra Steingraber

Sandra Steingraber Quotes

I am a major, long-time fan of Dr. Sandra Steingraber. Wish I had the time to comb through her books (I own 2 & chatted about a 3rd here) to find more of the outstanding things she has said...but right now, I don’t.

So this will have to do!

Please learn more about her, & her work, if you don’t know much about her.

She’s one of my heroes, for sure! Check this out!! (Ms. Steingraber most assuredly has the courage of her convictions.)

There is also a film about her: more on that here


“…the need for an ‘upstream’ focus. As explained at a recent international conference, this image comes from a fable about a village along a river. The residents who live here, according to parable, began noticing increasing numbers of drowning people caught in the river's swift current and so went to work inventing ever more elaborate technologies to resuscitate them. So preoccupied were these heroic villagers with rescue and treatment that they never thought to look upstream to see who was pushing the victims in.

This book is a walk up that river.” – Sandra Steingraber, Living Downstream – An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and the Environment

“A woman’s body is (a human being’s) first environment. Whatever contaminants are in a woman’s body find their way into the next generation. I think there is no better argument for the precautionary principle.” – Dr. Sandra Steingraber, author of Living DownstreamAn Ecologist Looks at Cancer and the Environment

“May the world’s feast be made safe for women and children. May mothers’ milk run clean again. May denial give way to courageous action. May I always have faith.” – Sandra Steingraber in Having Faith

“The new thinking is that no safe threshold exists for lead exposure in children or fetuses.” ~ Dr. Sandra Steingraber,  in Having Faith – An Ecologist’s Journey to Motherhood.

“Ultimately, the environmental crisis is a parenting crisis. It undermines my ability to carry out two fundamental duties: to protect my children from harm and to plan for their future. My responsibility as a mother thus extends beyond push mowers and clotheslines to the transformation of the nation’s energy systems along renewable lines. Fine. With joy and resolve – and accepting the full severity of the situation vis-à-vis the world’s oxygen-making plankton – I hereby devote myself to the task. When I watch my children breathing in their sleep, it doesn’t feel like a choice. Happily, I’m in good company. And I have this quote for inspiration: ‘Recent studies indicate the U.S. and world could rely 100 percent on green energy sources within 20 years if we dedicate ourselves to that course.’” – Dr. Sandra Steingraber in Raising Elijah

“From the right to know and the duty to inquire flows the obligation to act.”

“I can say that it is time now to play ‘the save the world’ symphony. I don’t know what instrument you hold, but you need to play it as best as you can, & find your place in the score. You don’t have to play a solo here. But this is our task now.” – Dr. Sandra Steingraber, in a recent interview with Bill Moyers (you really MUST watch this interview!)

"I see my job, Bill, as not helping people to feel that they can be safe – but rather, showing – illuminating for people – where the paths for activism lie." -- from the interview referenced above