New York-based anti-fracking activist Sandra Steingraber gives a free talk
titled "Fracking is a Feminist Issue: Women Confronting Fossil Fuels and Petrochemicals in an Age of Climate Emergency."
Photo courtesy of University of Pittsburgh's Gender, Sexuality, & Women's Studies Program
Sandra Steingraber (at left) at a September 2014 protest against fracking
The lecture is premised on the idea that the U.S. environmental movement "is really two parallel movements: the fight against chemical pollution and the fight against climate change," with the former led largely by women and the latter most notably by men.
According to the event's web page, "Steingraber will explore the role of women in the construction of knowledge about the risks of extreme fossil fuel extraction, gender disparities in the distribution of economic costs and benefits, the disproportionate burden of harm that women experience when their communities become targeted for oil and gas extraction, and the rise of women leaders in the anti-fracking movement."
Steingraber, a biologist, is the author of Living Downstream
, a great 1997 book about environmental toxins that was later made into a feature-length documentary
. In 2011, she published the book Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis
The talk runs 7-8:30 p.m. tonight in the William Pitt Union's Assembly Room. The Union is located at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Bigelow Boulevard in Oakland.
The event is hosted by Pitt's Gender, Sexuallity, & Women's Studies Program
. Other sponsors include the Provost’s Sustainability Fund and the University Honors College.