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Dr. Sandra Steingraber – Toward the Fossil-Free Future: Food, Farming, Fracking, Climate, & Justice
May 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Internationally Renowned Environmental Scientist and Author
Central Illinois Native
Illinois Wesleyan University Alumna
Dr. Sandra Steingraber “returns” to Bloomington-Normal in this online program as part of the Ecology Action Center’s 50th Anniversary celebration.
American agriculture rides a tandem bicycle with the fossil fuel industry—with natural gas-derived anhydrous ammonia used to fertilize crops and petroleum-derived pesticides sprayed to protect them. At the same time, exposure to air pollution from burning gas, oil, and coal is responsible for more than 8 million deaths around the world each year. The result of the fossil fuel era is both a public health crisis and a climate crisis that threatens the future of food production.
Meanwhile, U.S. oil and gas extraction activities are expanding into agricultural lands, contaminating soil, introducing invasive weed species, and diverting water for irrigation and livestock to fracking operations to blast even more fossil fuels out of the ground. Black, Latino, and Indigenous communities, as well as impoverished, rural white communities are disproportionately targeted by the fossil fuel industry to serve as the industrial parks for its infrastructure—from gas wells and flare stacks to pipelines and power plants. Fossil fuels are a form of systemic racism.
Biologist Sandra Steingraber brings a human rights and environmental justice approach to all these disparate issues, exploring how we can, in the language of farmer and author Wendell Berry, solve for pattern rather than single outcomes and put in motion a ramifying set of solutions.
This event is free and open to the public but advanced registration is required. A Zoom webinar link will be shared prior to the event; please makes sure you have Zoom installed on your preferred device. Following Dr. Steingraber’s presentation, a brief question and answer session will be held.
Registration closes on Tuesday, April 11 at 5 p.m.